A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E C H I C A G O - D E T R O I T P R O V I N C E S U M M E R 2 0 11 From the Provincial Dear Friends, This time of year is filled with energy— from graduates of our schools moving to the next level of their education or into the “real world,” to the ordination of our Jesuits after 10 or more years of formation. It’s also an energetic time for the Society of Jesus in the United States. Our ongoing reconfiguration from 10 provinces to 5 ensures that Jesuits, lay colleagues, and our works serve the Church and world “for the greater glory of God.” As of January 1, 2011, the Chicago and Detroit Provinces are canonically united. With your prayers and support, our 346 Jesuits and 35 ministries in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois are going strong. Now we are working toward unification with the Wisconsin Province. Throughout the Province, Good News abounds. For example, we’re assigning more Jesuits to Detroit ministries, where We remain ever grateful for your support before, during, and after this realignment process. Gesu Parish, Ss. Peter and Paul, and Manresa Jesuit Retreat House serve people’s spiritual and material needs; Loyola High School and University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy recently received national accolades from NFL Films and Time magazine respectively; and University of Detroit Mercy enters a new era of excellence in higher education with its first lay president, Dr. Antoine Garibaldi. In the Cleveland area, John Carroll University and St. Ignatius High School celebrated their 125th anniversaries while Jesuit Retreat House and Gesu Parish To celebrate John Carroll University’s 125th anniversary, Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ (class of 1984), delivered the keynote commencement address for 659 seniors and 302 graduate students who received degrees. Fr. Kesicki (left) was awarded an honorary degree by JCU’s president, Fr. Robert Niehoff, SJ (middle), and board member, Mr. Michael Hardy (class of 1969). continue 108 and 85 years respectively of sacramental service. In nearby Cuyahoga Falls, Walsh Jesuit High School approaches the half-century mark with its new president, Karl Ertle. In Toledo, St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy builds on its 113-year-old foundation by adding a sixth grade class to its middle school. The Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Ohio, recently hosted the Chicago-Detroit Province and Wisconsin Province Congregations to elect delegates for the 70th Congregation of Procurators to be held next July in Nairobi. Afterward, Xavier University (XU) and St. Xavier Church hosted the ordination celebrations for both provinces. Several of our Jesuits have been assigned to serve in Cincinnati—teaching at XU and St. Xavier High School, and assisting at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish and St. Xavier Church. Our ministries energetically continue their traditions of service. We remain ever grateful for your support before, during, and after this realignment process. With you, we train our Jesuits, support our international ministries, care for infirm members, and start new ministries as needs arise. Thank you. Sincerely yours in Christ, Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ Provincial To view a video of Fr. Kesicki’s John Carroll University talk, visit our website at www.jesuits-chgdet.org and click the red web icon as shown here.