Reflections
Rev. Joseph G. Marina, SJ
Week 1 - Dec. 1, 2014
Entered -- August 2004  
Took Vows -- August 2006  
Ordained -- June 2012 
 
Fr. Marina speaks about his ministry as Pastor of an inner city parish in New York that ministers at the frontier to a variety of people. 

Through the graces of one of our own wonderful Sisters of Charity here at St. Francis Xavier Parish, I recently had the privilege of spending some pastoral time with five young men on a difficult life journey. These young men had migrated over time from Guatemala and Honduras coming to the US with the hope of being reunited with their families. 

The time I spent with them was nothing less than sacred and I'll never forget it. Through a translator, I heard about their experiences of crossing "the great desert," as they called it.

Some of them spent several nights in that desert--alone, buffeted by rain, reeling with hunger. One of the boys even admitted the sense of relief he felt when the border patrol caught up with him. The young man felt relief because he didn't know if he would be able to last another night in the wilderness.

I observed that they were all so thin and I wanted to provide them a meal. But with a table full of food right in front of them in our West Room of the Xavier parish center, these young men asked if they could see the church instead.

So they did. They walked right through the door that leads from the offices toward the sacristy and spent a good amount of time in our sanctuary.  After the grand tour, I invited them back to the West Room to eat before the food got cold. But they stayed their ground and asked me for a blessing first. They prayed three Hail Mary's and then I blessed them dousing them with holy water. That surreal moment of holiness will stay with me forever. My time with this group of five young men revealed great faith and great hope that God indeed directs our journeys. I met the face of Christ in these young men and their courage. These are the moments that make me grateful and happy to be a religious.


Rev. Charles A. Frederico, SJ
Br. Christopher Derby, SJ
Rev. Thomas E. Roach, SJ
Mr. Kevin C. Hughes, SJ
Rev. Mario M. Powell, SJ
Rev. Thomas R. Slon, SJ
Rev. Donald M. Ward, SJ
Mr. Jason G. Downer, SJ
Rev. Christopher Fronk, SJ
Rev. John C. Wronski, SJ
Rev. Francis X. McAloon, SJ
Rev. John P. Bucki, SJ
Rev. Christopher G. Llanos, SJ
Rev. Ugo R. Nacciarone, SJ
Mr. Kevin C. Spinale, SJ
Rev. James W. Moore, SJ
Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, SJ
Rev. James J. Miracky, SJ
Rev. George T. Williams, SJ
Rev. Cesare Campagnoli, SJ
Rev. Anthony P. SooHoo, SJ
Rev. William E. Stempsey, SJ
Rev. Bruce R. Bavinger, SJ
Mr. Patrick C. Nolan
Rev. William R. Campbell, SJ
Rev. Ignatius "Hadi" Sasmita, SJ
Rev. Brian Conley, SJ
Rev. Anthony J. Azzarto, SJ
Mr. Timothy W. O'Brien, SJ
Br. Jonathan J. Stott, SJ
Rev. Michael F. Tunney, SJ
Rev. Joseph J. Hayden, SJ
Rev. Thomas J. Kenny, SJ
Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ
Rev. Mark Hallinan, SJ
Rev. David J. Collins, SJ
Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, SJ
Rev. Daniel M. Ruff, SJ
Rev. Thomas L. Sheridan, SJ
Rev. Matthew S. Monnig, SJ
Rev. Charles L. Moutenot, SJ
Rev. Andrew N. Downing, SJ
Rev. Herbert B. Keller, SJ
Rev. Ramon A. Salomone, SJ
Br. Robert L. Carson, SJ
Rev. Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Mr. Vincent J. Marchionni, SJ
Rev. William A. Barry, SJ
Rev. John P. Mulreany, SJ
Rev. Bruce T. Morrill, SJ
Rev. Eugene M. Geinzer, SJ
Rev. Joseph G. Marina, SJ



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