Rev. James W. Moore, SJ
Week 37 – August 10, 2015
Entered -- September 1946
Took Vows -- September 1948
Ordination -- June 1959 Fr. Moore has had a distinguished career in education both at St. Joseph's Prep and then for most of his career in Administration at St. Joseph's University.
What happened to me? How did I wind up entering a religious community? My story is difficult to explain, but I want to share with people. I can now say that the Holy Spirit was at work (and I wasn't fully aware) in three phases of my journey: initial stirrings, a nagging feeling and finally my cooperation with grace. It is this last phase that I would like to share here.
My cooperation with grace:
Early in 1946, with all of this information and life experience, I began the application process for the Jesuits. When my discharge number finally came up in mid-August, I took my packed duffel bag and walked with an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy on August 16th, 1946. Three weeks later, on September 7th, I entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Wernersville, PA. Mom and Dad and two of my brothers made the trip with me. Saying "good bye" was not easy thing, but I remember saying to my mom, "As long as I am here, you will know that I am happy. If I ever become unhappy, I will come home."
This year, on September 8th, I shall celebrate sixty-nine years as a Jesuit. Having served in administrative positions at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, for 45 years, [15 as Director of Admissions and 30 as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences], I became a Dean Emeritus on my 80 birthday. Presently, I reside in Manresa Hall, the Jesuit Infirmary of the Maryland Province. Although I am now physically incapacitated, I continue to give spiritual direction to many including Capuchin Postulants and some business men I know. My life as a Jesuit is all about giving for others. In these later years I still find great happiness as a religious and as a priest in helping others know the Lord's presence in their lives and subsequently in my own.