Reflections
Rev. James J. Miracky, SJ

Week 35 – July 27, 2015
Entered -- August 1977
Took Vows -- April 1980
Ordination -- 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.


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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