The film Won’t You Be My Neighbor has been breaking box-office records for a documentary since it was released this summer. The movie chronicles the legacy of Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister who for 33 years used a children’s television series as his pulpit. Fr. Matt Malone, SJ, of America Media and David Brooks of the New York Times have uniformly praised the film for capturing the “gospel of Mr. Rogers.” In each of his episodes, Mr. Rogers used a variety of techniques to communicate the message of love and kindness, and he did so in a very Ignatian manner—in “deeds more than words.”
Alumni and parents of Jesuit schools are very familiar with this Ignatian concept. It is how we live as good and supportive “neighbors” to those close to us, as well as those on the margins. This will be the third year that the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces join in hosting Jesuit Friends and Alumni Masses on October 20–21. These liturgies are a great way to gather for Sunday Mass and network with other Jesuit-educated alumni and their friends and families. Each Mass is followed by a reception for fellowship and to learn more about Ignatian connections and our Jesuit schools and apostolates.
We hope you will join us this year! Please visit either the Maryland Province home page at www.MDSJ.org or the USA Northeast home page at www.JesuitsEast.org for a list of participating parishes, Mass times and to register.