Rev. John P. Bucki, SJ
Week 41 – September 7, 2015Entered -- August 1968Took Vows -- August 1970Ordained -- June 1979Fr. Bucki is the current rector of the Le Moyne College Jesuit Community and serves as the Director of Campus Ministry.
"What makes me happy to be a religious today?"
For over forty-six years I have had the privilege to live in the Jesuit community with some truly amazing men, men of great faith, loving action and wonderful prayer who are not afraid to live, to ask questions, to wrestle with the challenging questions, and to be present to those in need. I have been part of a worldwide community of men who have worked for justice, proclaimed the faith of Christ, and have even been martyred for the faith they have been living. I have been in community with great men who have spent their lives working with the poor and marginalized, teaching the young, studying science, and visiting the sick and imprisoned, always in a spirit of reflection and prayer.
I think of Dean Brackley who earned a great academic degree at the University of Chicago but always connected with the people, producing a comic book to help community organizing in the South Bronx and then living almost a quarter century with the people of El Salvador. I think of Arthur Shea from Syracuse who went on to spend a half century in the Philippines working in those remote regions where the road ends and asking amazing questions about teaching liberation theology to children. I think of Anthony De Mello from India who told stories that continue to inspire people to look at the spiritual life in a new way with new energy. I think of Bill Cain who taught middle school boys in New York, directed Shakespeare productions in Boston, writes plays for TV and the stage, and is always there for individual people.
And, thanks be to God, the blessings keep on coming!