Jesuits have always heeded the call to explore the frontiers of mission and ministry—to go where the needs are greatest. Along their journey of discernment, scholastics in formation willfully escape their comfort zones, traveling to the edges of the globe and to the margins of society.
By Mike Gabriele
For nearly 500 years, Jesuits have served in countries all over the world, working for social justice and bringing the hope of Christ to those who struggle for peace, dignity and comfort — things so many of us take for granted.
Fr. Joe Lacey, SJ
Last year, three pioneer Jesuits from the Maryland Province remained in India—Fr. Carl Dincher, SJ; Fr. Richard Kenna, SJ; and Fr. Ed McGrath, SJ—each having served more than 50 years. The newly appointed socius of the Jamshedpur Province, Fr. Jerome Sequeira, SJ, wrote a letter to the Maryland Province, thanking God for its contributions over the last six decades and expressing a continued blessing at having three of our pio - neering Jesuits still with them. Sadly, we have since lost both Fr. Kenna and Fr. Dincher, but their legacies live on through the many good works in and around Jamshedpur that provide care and education to those in need.
This is precisely why many Maryland Province Jesuits chose to spend much, if not all, of their lives serving in India. And although only one remains, our Jesuits in formation are seeking new missions of their own— shining their light of faith through justice—following Pope Francis’ call for those in consecrated life to “fly the nest and go to the frontiers of the world.”