Rev. James J. Miracky, SJ
Week 35 – July 27, 2015
Entered -- August 1977Took Vows -- April 1980Ordination -- June 1988 Fr. Miracky currently serves as the Provincial Assistant for Higher Education for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. He has extensive experience in college administration and as a college professor at several of our higher education institutions.
"What makes me happy to be a religious today?"
One of the things that attracted me to the Jesuits is the fact that each Jesuit has least a dual if not a multiple identity as a minister. When I entered the Society in the 1970's, Jesuits were not only religious priests and brothers but also teachers, retreat masters, scholars, pastors, lawyers, doctors, actors, artists, social workers, and more -- we even had a Congressman among us. To me this was a manifestation of the Jesuit call to find God in all things and a recognition that one could pursue one's talents and passions and exercise one's ministry as a Jesuit in many avocations.
Most of my ministry has been in education, and for over 30 years I have drawn much joy from the experience of serving as a Jesuit priest in primary apostolic roles as a campus minister, a teacher/scholar, and an administrator. However, I also have powerful and gratifying memories of taking on other identities, such as: director of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" as a regent, retreat giver for 12-step groups and persons with HIV/AIDS, chaplain of an Ignatian Pilgrimage with faculty colleagues, and trustee at Nativity and Cristo Rey schools.
In my current position as Provincial Assistant for Higher Education, I have the privilege of working with lay and Jesuit colleagues across schools and with the Provincial and his team across ministries to further our common mission. Once again, I find myself taking on multiple identities: as advocate, advisor, resource, mentor, evaluator, and animator for Jesuit education. In a time of rapid change and expanding horizons, I draw encouragement and hope from the energy and collegiality of our new Province and am happy to wear many hats in its service.