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Mystery Benefactor Province Days â€˘ Katrina Remembered
message from the provincial
Dear friends in Christ, Challenges come in so many forms. Some are dramatic, as in the case of the suffering and loss in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Some are more personal, but no less painful, as in the reality of aging or illness or the loss of a loved one. In such moments, we find ourselves seeking solace, especially in the care provided by our God through those around us. You will find in this issue of our magazine two accounts of the ways in which God provided generously in moments of need. As I write this, the echoes of the many stories of tragedy in the wake of Katrina still resound. Yet, the generosity of so many people, in prayers and words of consolation, in financial support, and in personal gift of labor on behalf of those in need, speaks of how God’s Spirit evokes in so many a power greater than even a Category 5 hurricane! How many lives were touched by such efforts! I know how deeply the Jesuits and their colleagues in New Orleans appreciate that outpouring of love and support. The example of Ms. Anna Kurzweil provides a much more quiet witness, but a powerful one nonetheless. How this woman amassed such wealth is no more amazing than the magnanimity with which she could give it all away so that the work of the Society of Jesus could continue and expand. The funds she provides will help train the young men who still zealously respond to the call of Christ under the banner of the cross today. At the same time, just as she cared so faithfully for her mother, her gift will help care for Jesuits who have given their lives for Christ and who now find themselves bearing the cross of aging or illness. Those needs remain with us constantly, as we praise God for the gift of nine young men who have joined the Jesuits this August, and as we celebrate the fruitful ministry of many who now minister by praying for the Church and Society – and for you, our benefactors. So many of you, though, provide such support to the Society of Jesus. The steady stream of promises of prayer, gifts of labor in support of our ministries, and financial donations overwhelms me. Without your help, our ability to preach the Gospel would diminish. Yet the need is so great. Please do continue to pray for and with us that we may touch many in Christ’s name, and, if you can, please provide us with funds to serve the Lord Jesus. Know, though, that you are daily in our prayers, and always with deep gratitude and affection.
Fr. Ronald A. Mercier, SJ Provincial, USA Central and Southern Province JESUITS 22 JESUITS
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Queridos amigos en Cristo, Los desafíos se presentan de muchas maneras. Algunos son dramáticos, como en el caso del sufrimiento y la pérdida experimentados durante la recuperación después del paso del Huracán Katrina. Algunos son más personales, pero no menos dolorosos, como son el envejecer, la enfermedad, o la pérdida de un ser querido. En esos momentos, nos encontramos buscando consuelo, especialmente en el cuidado que nuestro Dios nos provee a través de aquellos que nos rodean. En este número de nuestra revista, ustedes encontrarán dos historias sobre las maneras en que Dios proveyó generosamente en momentos de necesidad. Mientras escribo esto, los ecos de muchas historias de la tragedia de Katrina resuenan todavía. Sin embargo, la generosidad de tantas personas, en oraciones y palabras de consuelo, en apoyo financiero, y en la donación de su trabajo en favor de aquellos en necesidad, nos habla de la manera en que el Espíritu de Dios inspira en tantos un poder más grande que incluso un huracán de Categoría 5. ¡Cuántas vidas fueron tocadas por tales esfuerzos! Sé cuán profundamente los Jesuitas y sus colegas de Nueva Orleans aprecian este derrame de amor y apoyo. El ejemplo de Anna Kurzweil ofrece un testimonio mucho más callado, no obstante, poderoso. La forma en que esta mujer acumuló tanta riqueza no es más impresionante que la magnanimidad con la cual ella dio toda su riqueza para que el apostolado de la Compañía de Jesús pudiera continuar y expandirse. Los recursos que ella provee ayudarán a formar a los jóvenes que todavía hoy siguen respondiendo celosamente a la llamada de Cristo bajo el estandarte de la cruz. Al mismo tiempo, al igual que ella cuidó tan fielmente de su madre, su donación ayudará a cuidar de los Jesuitas que han dado sus vidas por Cristo y que ahora se encuentran cargando la cruz del envejecimiento o la enfermedad. Estas necesidades permanecen con nosotros constantemente, mientras alabamos a Dios por el don de nueve jóvenes quienes se han unido a los Jesuitas en agosto, y al celebrar el ministerio fecundo de muchos que ahora se dedican a rezar por la Iglesia y la Compañía y por ustedes, nuestros benefactores. Muchos de ustedes brindan este tipo de apoyo a la Compañía de Jesús. El flujo constante de promesas de oración, regalos de mano de obra en apoyo de nuestros apostolados, y donaciones financieras me abruman. Sin su ayuda, nuestras posibilidades de predicar el Evangelio disminuirían. Sin embargo, la necesidad es tan grande. Por favor, continúen orando con y por nosotros para que podamos llegar a muchos en nombre de Cristo, y, si ustedes pueden, por favor, apóyenos con recursos para servir al Señor Jesucristo. Sepan que ustedes están en nuestras oraciones diarias, y siempre con gratitud y afecto profundos.
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20 | Jubilarians Milestones of Service 22 | First Lay President Jesuit Educated and Educator
Jesuits Central and Southern Volume II â€˘ Number 2 Fall 2015 Editor Cheryl Wittenauer
23 | Worlds Apart Meeting a youth offender 24 | Recalling Katrina Consolation, Desolation
28 | Communications Man
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29 | In Memoriam Cover: Benefactor Anna Kurzweil as a young woman (Photos courtesy of Harold and Linda Kurzweil)
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St. Louis University High at 200
A committee of graduates is reaching out to fellow alumni of St. Louis University High School to help in planning the school’s bicentennial in 2018. The committee of alumni volunteers is seeking documents, artifacts, photos, and personal stories that tell the school’s history from its founding in 1818. Terry Donahue, Class of ’63, is leading the SLUH archive project. He says the committee wants to produce a history of the school that documents its founding and growth; faculty, staff and administrators who formed the culture and spirit; the academic, cultural, social and athletic achievements; and the accomplishments of its alums, with special emphasis on those as “men for others.” The effort could result in a book, video or a museum, or all three.
Rockhurst President Accepted into Society Fr. Thomas Curran professed final vows and became fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus at a Mass, May 2, at St. Francis Xavier church in Kansas City, Mo. Curran, president of Rockhurst University, is a former member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, the order into which he was ordained in 1984. He served with the Oblates at several Salesian schools, as the associate vice president for university relations and assistant to the president at Regis University in Denver, and, since 2006, as the president at Rockhurst. He received two degrees from Jesuit institutions and was attracted to Jesuit values, mission and spirituality. He considered entering the Society at different points in his life. Over the summer, he did the 500-mile walk of the Camino de Santiago, a traditional pilgrimage that begins in France and ends in Galicia, Spain.
Therese Fink Meyerhoff recently joined the province Office of Advancement/Communications as director of communications. She has more than 25 years of communications, public relations and development experience, including 10 years working with religious communities. Most recently, she was director of communications for the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province. Meyerhoff will be editor of Jesuits magazine and oversee other communications for the province, including the web site and social media. She looks forward to telling the stories of the men of the USA Central and Southern Province. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she and her husband, Steve, have a daughter and two sons, one a 2011 graduate of De Smet Jesuit High School, and one a junior. 4 JESUITS
Fr. Thomas Curran (left) at vow Mass with Fr. Ron Mercier
Jesuit’s Next President
A Jesuit and U.S. Navy military command chaplain will be the next president of Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Fr. Christopher Scott Fronk, 50, will start next fall. He will succeed Fr. Anthony McGinn, who became interim president in 2014 after Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS. The Monaca, Pa., native holds master’s degrees in theology, religious education and military studies with an emphasis on leadership, planning, and strategy. He entered the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1985 and was ordained a priest in 1997.
Arrupe Reaches $11M Campaign Goal
Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver has reached its campaign goal of $11 million to expand and renovate its campus and increase its endowment fund. The funding enables an expanded campus to accommodate up to 450 students. The new space includes 10 new classrooms, a new cafeteria and kitchen, student fitness area, student activities center, corporate work-study commons, and an outdoor recreation area. The increased endowment will ensure continued financial help for students with the greatest need. The private school, founded in 2003, is part of the Cristo Rey Network that places students in business internships to help defray the cost of tuition.
Alum Service Corps to Mark 25 Years
Sixteen young men and women are giving a year of service at Jesuit schools in the province through the Jesuit-sponsored Alum Service Corps, which is celebrating a big anniversary. The 2015-16 school year marks the ASC’s 25th year of service to Jesuit schools in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver. The students serve in gratitude for the Catholic, Jesuit education they received. They are intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to justice. They teach, coach, tutor and work closely with students and colleagues at their assigned school. The Alum Service Corps is a post-collegiate service program for graduates of Jesuit high schools or universities sponsored by the Jesuits of the U.S. Central and Southern Province.
Strake Jesuit’s Next President
Jesuit Fr. Jeff Johnson will succeed current president Fr. Daniel Lahart next summer at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory school in Houston. He currently serves as the school’s assistant principal for student affairs and teaches English. He will become the seventh person to assume the leadership position. He previously taught English for three years at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., and served for one year as assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in New Orleans. He is a former member of the Strake Jesuit board of directors and currently sits on the board of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory school of Houston. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native is a former U.S. Navy surface warfare officer. He co-produced and wrote the script for the documentary film, “Xavier: Missionary and Saint,” for PBS.
Mystery Benefactor Inspiration for $2M Gift to Jesuits Known Only to Woman of Modest Means By Cheryl Wittenauer
hat is known of Anna Kurzweil is that she was the youngest of eight children, born and raised on a farm south of Kansas City, Mo., a teacher and Catholic who remained single, and entered, then exited, the convent. What isn’t known might fill volumes, or at least the private diaries she kept in a home that grew cluttered as she aged near the Jesuits’ Rockhurst University in Kansas City. It may never be clear what exactly prompted this fiercely independent woman — who wrote her own will and trust, made her own funeral arrangements, and penned her own obituary — to leave nearly $2 million to the Society of Jesus, or how she amassed such wealth on a public school teacher salary and retirement. “Even the bank wanted to know how she got the money,” said John Van De Vyvere, the trustee on his aunt’s estate. “They were surprised a school teacher had that much money.” Or that this self-made millionaire chose to donate her wealth to the Jesuits and other charities upon her death in September 2012, one month before her 101st birthday. One niece, who has since died, was disappointed that Kurzweil didn't mention her nieces and nephews in her obituary. She left each of her eight surviving nieces and nephews $5,000. “She was strong-headed. Let’s put it that way,” her nephew said. “Everything had to go her way or she wasn’t happy. She was very independent. Oh yeah, she had an independent streak.” 6 JESUITS
The story of Anna Kurzweil, a dreamer, diarist, poet, and world traveler with a missionary’s heart, who abandoned youthful hopes for the convent to care for her elderly mother, and who spun a fortune from a public school teacher’s salary of less than $20,000 a year, is a twist on the scriptural story of the widow’s mite. The widow is commended for donating all she had, a pittance, compared to those who give only a fraction of their wealth. By contrast, Anna Kurzweil gave most of what she had to the Jesuits, but it was no small change. Why she did it isn’t clear, but she did leave intriguing clues. Perhaps her evolving spirituality led to the surprising moves that baffled her family. An intensely private person who didn’t marry or have children, she was lonely and searching, judging from her writings, and found in nature and a deepening spirituality the tonic for her darkness. Her correspondence, poems and diaries, drafts upon drafts and copies, which family members rescued from an apartment building Dumpster, chronicle the evolution of an interior spiritual life, from her mother’s recitation of the Apostle’s Creed in childhood, to the Ladies Sodality of middle age, to a later life transfixed by mandalas, the Enneagram, contemplative practice, and Anthony
de Mello, the Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist known for his spiritual writings and teachings. A niece said she had a favorite devotion to De Mello, who loved paradox and sudden shifts from conventional thinking, and who emphasized the spiritual over the physical. “I have a deep hunger for prayer, and my thinking on the spiritual life has changed drastically,” she wrote in an undated diary entry. Perhaps in the Jesuits, she found spiritual solace and friendship, an interior connection. Notes from the advancement office of the Jesuits’ former Missouri Province chronicle a warm and cordial relationship between Kurzwell and the Jesuits over the years. She occasionally ordered Mass and prayer cards, made modest donations, and stated how much she loved the Jesuits, especially Fr. Luke Byrne, who was spiritual director of the Ladies Sodality when she was its president. In the early 1970s, he was pastor at the Jesuit parish she attended, St. Francis Xavier Church in Kansas City, located only a few blocks from her house on Lydia Street. She also communicated with Jesuit Fr. Gene Martin when he worked in the advancement office, asking for prayers and Masses on behalf of sick friends and family.
She bought the house at 5221 Lydia St. in November 1955 upon graduating from Avila College (then the College of Saint Teresa) with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, where she would spend the next 25 years of her life teaching fourth- and fifth-graders at Blenheim Elementary in the Kansas City public school district. She retired on Feb. 1, 1980 with a monthly teacher’s pension of less than $1,000. Hunleth had five siblings who had joined the Sisters of Loretto, a teaching order of religious women in Kentucky. Anna Kurzweil reluctantly left her mother and the family farm in Grandview, Mo., joined the Lorettos, and received her veil and name, Sister Frances Vincent Kurzweil, in 1948. She professed first vows two years later, taught at Loretto-staffed schools in Kentucky and St. Louis, but left the Loretto Sisters in August 1954 to care for her aging mother on the farm, and later at the house on Lydia in Kansas City.
It may never be clear what exactly prompted this fiercely independent woman — who wrote her own will and trust, made her own funeral arrangements, and penned her own obituary — to leave nearly $2 million to the Society of Jesus. Byrne described her as a competent professional woman who “knew her game” and was strong-willed. When they visited in her last years of life at a residence for older adults, “she’d become kind of testy in old age,” he said. “I felt bad because I knew the gracious, charming nice person who ran the Sodality.” She also may have known a Jesuit, Fr. Francis Hunleth, who worked at Rockhurst University from the mid-1940s to 1954, a year before she purchased a $5,800 home near the Jesuit university, parish and community house in Kansas City.
The old Blenheim Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo., where Anna Kurzweil taught FALL 2015
Anna Kurzweil on one of her world travels (bottom left) and with her mother (seated) and other family members during her brief time as a habited Sister of Loretto
“Leaving my mother was the hardest thing I ever had to do,” she wrote in her diary. “Leaving Mom and (later) leaving the convent.” Did the Hunleth sisters in the Loretto community direct her to their brother, the Jesuit, or did Fr. Hunleth know her first in Kansas City and influence her decision to join the Loretto Sisters? In her own telling of her spiritual journey, she writes of “Fr. H.,” as well as her retreats and workshops throughout the U.S. and world, struggles over marriage vs. religious life, and of a “great desire, searching, to find God.” She never talked with family about her brief time as a Loretto sister. “It was a very private part of her life,” her niece, Linda Kurzweil of Freeman, Mo., said. “Maybe she had some regrets.” She had been in love and hoped to marry a divorced fellow teacher she had met in 1935 at a small public school in eastern Missouri, more than a decade before entering the convent. Recalling her lost love in a diary entry in 1978, she wrote: “It ended. All things ended. I suffered greatly.” She wrote about a dream in which Christ in the statue she had prayed before came to life, embraced and healed her. “Then, I made my commitment to live for God,” she said. With or without the habit, she was in service to others for much of her life, a value ingrained in college, she writes. From 1958 until her death in 1964, Bertha Kurzweil lived with her youngest daughter, Anna, in the house 8 JESUITS
on Lydia. Anna’s brother paid for “She donated money a caretaker to watch the older to things we never knew woman while Anna taught at the about,” her niece, Linda old Blenheim Elementary School Kurzweil, said. in Kansas City, an institution long Another niece, Mary ago abandoned. Reutter of Kansas City, who “Mother is dead,” Anna died in February after the Kurzweil wrote in her diary interview for this story, said: March 21, 1982. “I still dream of “We were all surprised when her. I loved her very much in life.” we learned (Anna Kurzweil) In the summer of 1972, she had left the Jesuits the worked at a leper colony in New money. We thought we were Guinea through a ministry that going to get it. served people with the chronic “She never mentioned infection also known as Hansen’s us,” she added. “She mendisease. It was just one of her tioned this priest who came world journeys that earned her every day to bless Grandma membership in United Airlines’ (at the house on Lydia).” “100,000 Mile Club” in 1975. In June 1981, Anna Kurzweil conveyed her She traveled to Europe seven home and property on times, Egypt three times, the Holy The Loretto Sisters’ former academy in Kansas City Lydia Street to Rockhurst Land twice, Australia once, and University for $1, Jackson around the world once. County records show. The property, its house long since She wrote in her journal regularly, and for more than a decade helped coordinate classes in the Kansas City area razed, is now student housing. Did the gift of the for students of the intensive journal method, a writing once-so-important house, therapy popularized by the late Dr. Ira Progoff that helps where a Jesuit regularly the writer access personal history and subconscious. came to bless her mother, She was a life member of the International Society bring her gratitude to the of Poets, elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame Society full circle? Or did Museum, survived breast cancer and raised chickens in her deepening spiritualthe city decades before it became trendy. She worked for a time at Kansas City’s old Pratt & Whitney plant that ity help her to see that a built engines during World War II, and later, non-nuclear physical house was not components of nuclear bombs, two nephews said. so important? She had purchased a parcel of land in Lee’s Summit, The answers and Mo., that she wanted to turn into a prayer garden, named those of other puzzles “Rabboni,” a New Testament reference to Lord or Master, about Anna Kurzweil and dedicate it to her late parents, Vincent and Bertha are buried Kurzweil. with her at Lee’s She agonized over whether and how to do it, but it Summit, Mo., never came to be. “Dad,” she wrote in a journal, “tell me Cemetery. what to do with the 50 acres. I feel overwhelmed.” Although Rabboni never materialized, she did endow a scholarship fund at her alma mater, Avila College, and at Conception Seminary College, the Benedictine school in northwest Missouri. She donated to the Harry S. Truman Library, to Kansas City’s City Market, and other causes. FALL 2015
Ordination to Priestly Ministry Saint Joseph Church, New Orleans Photos by Bruce France
he Society of Jesus ordained eight new Jesuit priests of the Central and Southern Province on June 13 in New Orleans. The Most Rev. Gregory Michael Aymond, archbishop of New Orleans, presided at the liturgy at Saint Joseph Church. The ordination was the first of the 1-year-old province, created in July 2014 with the consolidation of the former Missouri and New Orleans provinces. The former Puerto Rico region of Jesuits joined the Central and Southern Province in December 2014. The eight newly ordained men are from Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, Arizona, Colorado, Mexico and England, and studied or worked in such diverse areas as defense, education and construction before entering the Society. Their call to Jesuit priesthood required them to undergo extensive training — from the moment they entered the Society as novices to ordination — a process that can take anywhere from eight to 12 years. During the formation process, they earned degrees from Jesuit universities and served at Jesuit high schools and colleges. Several also traveled abroad for language study or ministry. The eight from the Central and Southern Province are among 28 new Jesuit priests who were ordained in May and June into the Society of Jesus in the United States and Canada. The new priests have begun working in various ministries, including pastoral work in the U.S. and overseas; teaching or working at Jesuit schools and parishes; or continuing their studies.
CARLOS D. ESPARZA, 36, from Richardson, Texas, graduated from Harvard University and worked for the Department of Defense before entering the Society in 2004, ministering in El Salvador, Belize and Houston. He serves at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Denver. VINCENT A. GIACABAZI, 33, from just outside Peoria, Ill., met Jesuit mentors and became involved in campus ministry while attending Saint Louis University. He served as an Alum Service Corps volunteer teaching at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo., before entering the Jesuits in 2005. He worked in Belize over the summer and is back teaching at Rockhurst High.
RANDALL S. GIBBENS, 38, of Metairie, La., graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with a degree in agronomy and worked for a construction business with operations in Houston and the Dominican Republic. He entered the Society in 2004, worked in Mexico and as a Catholic chaplain at San Quentin Prison during formation. He does parish ministry in Honduras. FALL 2015
JOSEPH M. HILL, 33, grew up in Phoenix and Ascot, England, and attended a Jesuit boarding school, the University of Oxford in England and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome before entering the Jesuits in 2004. During formation, he served in Tijuana, the Bronx and Jesuit High in New Orleans and studied in Brazil. He is associate pastor of San Ignacio de Loyola Church in San Juan, Puerto Rico. JOHN R. NUGENT, 33, a Houston native, graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, before entering the Society in 2004, working in New Orleans, Tijuana, St. Louis and Dallas, where he was recognized as an Ignatian educator. He is pursuing a masterâ€™s degree in education at Boston College. RONALD R. Oâ€™DWYER, 33, grew up in New Orleans and Denver, and graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., before entering the Jesuits in 2005 and teaching in St. Louis and ministering in Boston. In the fall, he returned to Boston College to continue studies for his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, with a focus on American Catholic history. FALL 2015
JOSÉ A. “PEPE” RUIZ-ANDUJO, 33, from Juarez, Mexico, learned about Jesuit spirituality at a young age, studied business and industrial engineering and volunteered before entering the Society in 2004, serving in Mobile, Ala., Houston and Dorchester, Mass. He is a campus minister at St. Louis University High School. QUANG D. TRAN, 31, grew up in a Vietnamese Catholic area of New Orleans, part of a family with a devotion to St. Francis Xavier. He worked with disabled people in Mobile, Ala., and the poor in Tijuana, Mexico; studied and taught in China; taught and helped with campus ministry retreats in Dallas; and preached in English, Spanish and Vietnamese at a parish in California. He serves at St. Francis Xavier “College” Church in St. Louis.
Our Multi-Cultural Province By Thomas Rochford SJ
Jesuits gather at Mass that highlighted the provinces's rich heritage.
esuits from the four corners of the expansive Central and Southern Province gathered in the student chapel at Loyola University New Orleans for two days in June to celebrate and reflect on what it means to be a multi-cultural brotherhood. The sound of English, Spanish and Vietnamese conversations illustrated the rich mixture of cultural backgrounds that are now combined into one Jesuit net of relationships. In his homily at the opening liturgy on June 11, Fr. Eduardo FernĂĄndez opened up the theme of the rich heritage that followed last yearâ€™s forming of a province composed of the former New Orleans and Missouri provinces and the Region of Puerto Rico. After Mass, everyone moved to the student center for a meal in the style of Puerto Rico, one of the many places that are a part of our multi-layered province. The room was decorated with flags from all the states and countries represented in the province. The goal of the dinner was to get people making new friends since many of the Jesuits in the room had never met other Jesuits who used to be part of a different province or region. Men were assigned to tables to ensure that each
Fr. Eduardo Fernández was emcee of Province Days.
table had a mix of ages and previous province affiliations. Fr. Fernández urged people to share stories about their experience of food in their families as an icebreaker activity and a way of underscoring the broad range of cultures from members of the province. The next morning, men gathered in Nunemaker Auditorium to listen to four men from different parts of the province discuss their
varied cultural traditions and experience of ministry. Fr. Rich Buhler talked about being born in New Orleans, joining the Missouri Province and subsequently working in Belize. Mario Alberto Torres grew up in Puerto Rico and studied in the United States and Europe as a Jesuit before returning to his home country. Jesuit regent David Lugo related the challenge of being born in the
Dominican Republic and raised in the United States. Fr. Tony Vega talked about his experience as a Belizean. The second session featured Fr. Hung Pham, a professor of Ignatian spirituality who talked about his experience as a Vietnamese immigrant who went to Regis College in Denver before entering the Society and getting his doctorate in Spain. His presentation prepared men to break into groups of three to share their reactions to what they heard earlier in the morning. Pham asked men to consider if and how the stories they heard that morning resonate with meaning in their own lives. The groups were asked to tackle this question: “What do I need to learn or grow in given that we are now a multi-cultural province?” The robust conversation that followed promised that an answer would arrive.
When Ed Met Bill A Jesuit/AA Connection By James Harbaugh SJ
here’s a connection between the Society of Jesus and Alcoholics Anonymous. Officially approved works like “A.A. Comes of Age” have spoken about this connection for more than 50 years, but the Jesuit influence on AA still is not well known. Yet it’s a story that is well worth knowing for the light it sheds on both the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and the 12 Steps. The connection began at a very particular historical moment for AA and one of its co-founders, Bill Wilson. AA began in May 1935, in Akron, Ohio, when Bill, from New York City, met Dr. Bob Smith, an Akron physician. Both were long-time alcoholics; both had had some connection with a Protestant spiritual movement, the Oxford Groups. Bill Wilson In December 1934, Bill had a powerful spiritual experience while detoxing in a hospital for alcoholics. He had come to believe that working with other alcoholics was essential to maintaining his sobriety. Disheartened in Akron by the failure of a business trip, he used Oxford Group connections to hunt up another alcoholic. It turned out to be Dr. Bob, and from their first conversation, they began to craft a program that would help alcoholics recover as they had. Over the next few years, the group grew slowly, in Akron and in New York City. The members decided to codify their experience and practice in a text, “Alcoholics Anonymous,” also known as “The Big Book,” published in 1939. Over the next year, a lot went wrong in Wilson’s life: the book didn’t sell; he and his wife lost their home in Brooklyn to foreclosure, and were forced to move 18 JESUITS
to the AA clubhouse in Manhattan; and a close friend of Wilson’s in AA, Hank P., began drinking again. Historians now think that Hank was bi-polar as well as alcoholic. In any event, he got drunk and stayed drunk, and in fact went from New York City to Akron to trash Wilson’s reputation with AA members there. By late 1940, some members of AA were deeply concerned about Wilson’s worsening mood. He suffered from depression for much of his life, and the circumstances were exacerbating his condition. At this critical juncture, Wilson met someone who quite possibly not only saved him from relapse but also helped to ensure that AA would continue to grow and spread over the years that followed. In December, 1940, according to a story Wilson told more than once, he was
Dowling told Wilson the 12 Steps had a lot in common with the Spiritual Exercises. Each employs spiritual principles that help practitioners gain freedom from what Ignatius of Loyola called “inordinate attachments,” and which AA calls “alcoholism.”
Fr. Ed Dowling
upstairs in the Manhattan clubhouse on a bitterly cold winter night. The doorkeeper told him around 10 p.m. that he had a visitor. Wilson very nearly had the visitor sent away, feeling that he was in no condition to offer any encouragement to an alcoholic inquirer. But his belief that he had to offer hope of recovery, no matter the situation, won out. At first, Wilson believed that his guest was an alcoholic, a roughly dressed man who walked with difficulty. But then his visitor opened his pea coat and revealed a Roman collar. He was in fact Father Ed Dowling, a Jesuit from St. Louis who had come to New York unannounced. Dowling was noteworthy for championing PreCana Conferences, a program of marriage preparation for couples who wish to marry in the church. And while not an alcoholic himself, he was counseling some of the first AA members in St. Louis, and was one of the few to have read “The Big Book.” His awkward gait was due to rheumatoid arthritis. Dowling had come to New York to tell Wilson that the 12 Steps had a lot in common with the Spiritual Exercises. Each employs spiritual principles that help practitioners gain freedom from what Ignatius of Loyola called “inordinate attachments,” and which AA calls “alcoholism.” Wilson had never heard of Ignatius or the Spiritual Exercises. Nevertheless, this meeting was critical for Wilson and the fellowship he had helped to begin. First, Wilson realized that what he had glimpsed spiritually was not a chimera; instead, he had happened upon a process with a rich history in different religions and spiritual practices. This renewed his hope when he was at a low ebb in his recovery. He also saw in Dowling a spiritually wise person who became, in essence, his spiritual director for the rest of his life.
While Wilson never became a Catholic, he always treasured Dowling’s counsel. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Wilson produced a commentary on “The Big Book” called “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” that was shaped by the larger history of spirituality that he got from Dowling. Those were also years when Wilson’s depression was most severe, and Dowling’s support helped him greatly. Finally, in 1955, AA held its second international convention in St. Louis. At that conference, Ed Dowling spoke, and Wilson publicly told the story of their 1940 meeting and voiced his gratitude for their friendship. The meeting of the two men also led to 12-step retreats, which draw on AA ideas and other spiritual themes to convey the larger spiritual background behind AA members’ working of the Steps, as Dowling had done for Wilson. The retreats, which are not officially connected to AA, began around 1950 across the United States and continue today. Surely it is no accident that many of them are offered by Jesuits, some of whom are members of AA or other 12-step groups, and at Jesuit retreat houses from California to New England.
James Harbaugh SJ, a student of the spiritual practices of St. Ignatius, recently left parish work at St. Leo in Tacoma, Wash., to direct retreats at El Retiro San Iñigo, the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, Calif. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago, is in recovery, and specializes in recovery retreats.
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John F. Armstrong, 68, is assistant to the provincial, the most recent of his many assignments internal to the life and governance of the Society of Jesus. He served as director of formation for young Jesuits during their years of study and training, and as assistant for formation and secondary education for the provincial and the Jesuit Conference in Washington. John V. Craig, 68, has had a career in pastoral work, teaching and campus ministry. Most recently, he was campus minister at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. Before that, he taught drama at De Smet Jesuit High School, where he was superior of the Jesuit community. He also taught at Xavier High School in New York City and at St. Louis University High School.
William J. Farge, 67, is associate professor of Japanese at Loyola University and spiritual director at St. Joseph Seminary and College, both in Louisiana. He also has taught Japanese at Georgetown University and Indiana University, and English and religion in Japan. He has a doctorate in East Asian languages and culture from Indiana University. Mauricio Gaborit, 67, chairs the psychology department and directs the graduate psychology program at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador. He was associate dean and associate vice president of Saint Louis University’s Madrid campus and taught psychology at SLU. He also taught at the university and Jesuit mission in his native Honduras. Earl C. Muller, 68, is spiritual director at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. Previously, he taught theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., where he earned his doctorate in theology. He speaks six languages besides English.
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John J. Heaney • Oren W. Key Charles A. Leininger • Edward L. Maginnis
70 Years in the Society of Jesus Francis C. Brennan • James C. Carter Thomas J. Casey • Robert W. Leiweke James H. Swetnam
60 Years in the Society of Jesus
James P. Bradley • Joseph E. Damhorst C. Thomas Jost • Francis E. Renfroe Albert C. Rotola • Joseph M. Vanderholt John H. Willmering
25 Years in the Society of Jesus Mark G. Bosco • Thomas G. Cwik Barton T. Geger • Daniel P. White
L. Orlando Torres, 70, is rector of the International College of Gesú in Rome and served for many years as assistant for formation under Fathers General Peter Hans Kolvenbach and Adolfo Nicolás. He was regional superior of Jesuits in his native Puerto Rico as well as novice master and teacher there. He has advanced degrees in philosophy and sacred scripture.
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Luke J. Byrne, 80, has been a teacher, pastor, university president, retreat director, chaplain, campus minister and minister to fellow priests. He taught at Kapaun High School in Wichita, Kan., and was pastor of St. Francis Xavier parish and president of Rockhurst High School, both in Kansas City, Mo. He worked at the provincial offices before returning to pastoral work. J. David Corrigan, 80, taught at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver and St. Louis University High School before beginning pastoral work as campus minister at various colleges, hospital chaplain and parish priest. He has a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is in an assisted living community with fellow Jesuits.
Edward F. Flaherty, 96, has spent his entire Jesuit career in Colorado. He taught church history at Regis College, and was chaplain at Lowry Air Force Base. He taught at St. Thomas Seminary and at parishes, coordinated religious activities and faculty programs at Regis College and serves as pastoral minister at Xavier Jesuit Center and Shrine of St. Anne Church. John N. Folzenlogen, 80, a Dallas, Texas native, taught biology, theology and science at Jesuit high schools in Dallas; Shreveport, La.; and Houston, for nearly half a century, spending three decades at Strake Jesuit College Prep. He then served as pastoral minister at Xavier Jesuit Center in Denver. He retired to St. Louis in January. Richard E. Hadel, 80, spent his early Jesuit years teaching anthropology and theology at St. John’s College in Belize. In later years, he taught at De Smet Jesuit High School and St. Louis University High School. He transitioned to pastoral work as a retreat and spiritual director at White House Retreat center in St. Louis. He is currently in pastoral work and writing. Ralph D. Houlihan, 81, who has spent his entire Jesuit career at Jesuit high schools in St. Louis and Denver, teaches Latin and theology at St. Louis University High School, where he is also assistant to the president. He is the former principal of De Smet Jesuit High School and SLUH and the former president of Regis Jesuit High School.
Marvin C. Kitten, 84, is a campus minister at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where he has served since 2008. For 16 years before that, he was vocation director for the former New Orleans Province. He was campus minister at Texas A&M University, and taught and counseled students at Jesuit high schools in New Orleans, Dallas and Houston. Carlos LaVergne, 85, has spent his Jesuit career in his native Puerto Rico, working primarily in pastoral ministry. He entered the Society of Jesus and did his novitiate in Havana, Cuba before the revolution. He has served as pastor of St. Ignatius Parish and campus minister at the Catholic University Center, both in Rio Piedras. He is an assistant at St. Ignatius Parish. Roland J. Lesseps, 82, taught in the biology department of Loyola University New Orleans for more than 20 years, and also chaired the department. He held a doctorate in biology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He would later respond to a call to work in a Jesuit mission in Africa. From 1987 to 2009, he taught biology and agriculture at the University of Zambia. Lammert B. Otten, 83, taught math and science at Rockhurst High School, and electrical engineering at Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri, Rockhurst University, and Seattle University. He worked as a technical assistant and designed instrumentation for the Vatican Observatory. He is a technology consultant in Zambia.
Donald W. Reck, 82, spent most of his Jesuit career in the classroom. He taught theology at Saint Louis University for more than 30 years. He was also a campus minister for 24 years at SLU’s St. Louis and Madrid, Spain campuses. He also worked in the Ignatian spirituality program at Xavier Jesuit Community in Denver. Curtis E. Van Del, 82, began his active ministry in education, teaching Latin, English, and religion at Regis Jesuit High School, De Smet Jesuit High School, and Rockhurst High School. After 30 years in the classroom, he began pastoral work and chaplaincy in St. Louis, Kansas and Denver. He continues such work today in St. Louis. Donald Vega, 80, from Buffalo, N.Y., has spent most of his Jesuit career in Puerto Rico. He taught history, math and social studies at San Ildefanso Minor Seminary in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, then ministered to addicts in San Juan. He was a pastor at parishes in Rio Piedras and Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, then taught 23 years at the archdiocesan seminary in Rio Piedras.
nm 60 Years in the Priesthood Bernard J. Coughlin William T. Miller Louis A. Poché
25 Years in the Priesthood Paul Deutsch John J. Vowells
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Saying ‘Yes’ to Jesuit Education By Peter Musso
ecently I met with Corey Quinn, a 1998 Alum Service Corps volunteer, as he was about to become the first lay president of De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, where he had graduated 14 years earlier. What emerged from his stories of a career in education is a person still being formed, and happily so. He has a warm demeanor, a passion for Jesuit education, and is a confident leader. A doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Saint Louis University, Quinn strives for intellectual growth, never letting the dust settle under his boots. He lives the attitudes, behaviors, and actions Jesuit educators like to see in their students. Quinn peppers his remarks with familiar Jesuit phrases and ideals, such as the notion of being “missioned,” and the need to be modern, adaptable and global. “It means to be like Jesus, radically present in the world in which we live, finding God in all things,” he said. Quinn is a great example of the success of Jesuit secondary education, and how a decision to become an Alum Service Corps (ASC) volunteer in 1998-99 prepared him for a life of service. Years ago, Jesuit Fr. Chris Pinné, the former dean of students at De Smet Jesuit and former ASC director, called Quinn after he had graduated from college. “You like pizza?” he recalled Pinné asking him. The dinner ended with the priest’s inviting Quinn to join ASC for a year of voluntary service teaching theology at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo. Alum Service Corps volunteers serve Jesuit middle and high schools in Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis out of gratitude for their own Jesuit education. They live in community and by Ignatian values. Jesuit educators believe that the seeds they plant in their students might help them some day to set the world on fire. Quinn said his year of ASC service helped him know Christ and grow as a “contemplative in action.” 22 JESUITS
It also led to his meeting his future wife, Amanda, at Rockhurst. Pinné presided at the couple’s wedding and baptized two of their three children. Quinn describes Pinné as a “gift” and “a turning point” in his life. He called him almost immediately after learning he’d gotten the job at De Smet starting July 1. Quinn previously had been president of De La Salle Middle School, a collaboration of the community, the Christian Brothers and the Jesuits, and that serves the urban poor of north St. Louis. Quinn recalled his mentors at Rockhurst: the patient Tom Norman who listened to Quinn’s “crazy ideas” and reminded him to focus on kids’ learning; theology colleague Brad Grabs, who took the Gospel so seriously that he lived in a Kansas City homeless shelter; and principal Tom Murphy and his support of teachers and staff. Many experiences prepared him for his current leadership role: coaching a fledgling hockey program at Rockhurst; teaching theology at Rockhurst and De Smet Jesuit, and being an interim dean of students at De Smet. “It all makes sense now,” he said. “Nothing has been a waste. All has been in preparation for where we are today, in generous service.” Quinn offers this advice to the latest ASC class of 25 volunteer teachers at six Jesuit schools. “Peace is only found in yes,” he said, quoting the late Indian Jesuit and spiritual leader, Anthony De Mello. But, he adds, saying yes can lead to exhaustion. “Be conscious of balancing effective service to our schools with not being overwhelmed because of a sense of busy-ness that could lead to ineffectiveness,” he said. Peter Musso is director both of School Support for the Jesuits of the Central and Southern Province, and the Alum Service Corps. He served as assistant principal for staff development and English teacher at De Smet Jesuit High School, his alma mater.
Not So Different
On Meeting a Youth Offender By Mike Lally
young man sits in a common room at Sylmar Juvenile Hall, a temporary holding facility for juvenile detainees awaiting court proceedings. Eric, 18, is one of hundreds of youth housed in this institution in California’s San Fernando Valley before their release to parents or guardians, foster care, a Los Angeles County juvenile camp facility or sentencing to the California Youth Authority. Eric talks about his family and friends, and cracks jokes with the other youth. He asks about my psychology degree, and what I hope to do after graduation. He is amazed to hear that I am only three years older than he is. The interaction is surprisingly normal, despite our radically different backgrounds. Eric grew up in a household with a mother addicted to methamphetamine, also known as “crystal” or “glass.” He tried meth for the first time at age 12. Marijuana, heroin, and cocaine followed in rapid succession. “You know, eventually I have to admit it,” he said. “I’m a drug addict.” He already has a child. Eric got involved in the gang life that dominates the poorer, predominately Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles, and is in Sylmar on a murder charge. He is housed in the institution’s high-security section among other detainees with violent offenses. They are not allowed to interact with other youth. Their time outside is restricted. If convicted, he faces a life sentence in an adult prison. Eric’s life follows a familiar pattern. Neglect, abuse, poverty, and drugs drive many young people to gangs that serve as community. Rival gangs exchange acts of violence and retaliation on the street, and inside the correctional system. Eric never mentioned any specific gang affiliation, but when asked about his friendships, he admitted that he has a “crew” of followers who could be identified by their closely shaven heads. For most of our time together, I was focused on this sad, but familiar tale of poverty and destitution. At one
point during Bible study at Sylmar, Eric glanced around the table, assessing how other participants had received one of his jokes. I instantly recognized his searching look, which was not so much an evaluation of the quality of his joke as a bid for approval, acceptance, and friendship, a quick poll to evaluate his status, importance, and worth. This one look laid bare Eric’s humanity. How often in his 18 years had he sought approval and love and come up short when he should have received it in full? Was Eric fulfilled looking around a room one day, and finding it full of home boys and home girls who would die for him or learning that killing for them would earn him the ultimate approval? It’s easy to think of Eric and the other youth at Sylmar as something other than people like us, as an “inmate” or “felon” or a “victim” in need of our help. However, Christ demands something greater than simple assistance. The feeding of the hungry, the caring of the sick, the clothing of the naked, and the often-forgotten visiting of prisoners call us to recognize what we have in common in this shared life. When we see our own worries and hopes behind the eyes of the person across from us, then we are one step closer to finding the truth of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: “…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Over school break, a group of Saint Louis University students traveled to Los Angeles to learn about California’s criminal justice system, and meet some of its prisoners. Then-senior Mike Lally recorded his impressions. He recently began a year of service at Regis Jesuit High School with the Alum Service Corps.
Hurricane Katrina Remembered By Mary Baudouin
hen Hurricane Katrina and flooding devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in August 2005, consolation wasn’t on the minds of those of us whose homes, hearts, and places of work and ministry were changed forever. The historic storm devastated employees and upended the sponsored and affiliated ministries of what was then the Jesuits’ New Orleans Province. Katrina flooded and forced the rebuilding of structures that housed the province office, Jesuit High School of New Orleans, Boys Hope Girls Hope, the Harry Tompson Center for the homeless and the rectory of Immaculate Conception Church in downtown New Orleans. Loyola University New Orleans and Jesuit High School closed that Fall semester although the high school opened in borrowed space midway through the term. The storm scattered families of Good Shepherd School, and Holy Name and Immaculate Conception parishes throughout the country. But in spite of the heartbreak wrought by Katrina, consolation came to the province in so many ways and through so many people, each reminding us that God was indeed with us.
Jesuit High School of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
We never doubted that Jesuits and those in Jesuit ministries around the world were praying for and with us. As soon as the province’s temporary offices in Grand Coteau, La., got Internet service, virtual prayer pledges poured in. One of the first was from the men at Ignatius House Jesuit Community, who wrote: “Our hearts are wounded by the sights of pain and ruination of your beloved city. It is our beloved city too. Our whole community mourns with your loss. God will hear the cries of the poor.”
More than 70 Jesuit communities, ministries and affiliates from as far away as India, Korea, Malta, and Trinidad donated $1.8 million. Most
of the money provided grants to 20 Jesuit works and social ministries of the province. The rest supported employees, clients and students of Jesuit works who were hurt financially by the hurricane.
Jesuit universities and high schools across the U.S. made places for students displaced from Jesuit High School and Loyola University. Many did not charge them tuition. In an extraordinarily generous response, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory school in Houston welcomed more than 450 Jesuit High students to their campus for much of the Fall semester. Strake families opened their homes and hearts to students and faculty who needed housing.
As soon as the province had phone service, we began receiving calls from groups that wanted to be part of New Orleans’ rebuilding. The office hired pastoral associate Jocelyn Sideco to coordinate volunteers. She said at the time: “The amount of generosity that poured out of the Ignatian family was breathtaking. Literally, it was only by the grace of God that we were able to keep up with the demand to connect Jesuit institutions and friends to the people most affected by the horrors of (Katrina.)” The Ignatian family’s response was magnanimous: 22 Jesuit colleges and universities and 26 Jesuit secondary schools provided service to the area on 125 occasions, not including trips by former Jesuit Volunteer Corps members, men in formation and friends. In just 30 months, volunteers coordinated through the province office gutted 240 homes, helped rebuild 140 homes, and provided 132,669 hours of labor.
Kindness of Strangers and Friends
What many in the Ignatian family remember most about Katrina is the extraordinary kindness received in the days and years after the storm. Fr. Fred Kammer, who headed the New Orleans Province at the time, said he was “repeatedly amazed and gratified” at the generosity of donors, and Jesuit provinces, ministries, and communities. “Their gifts helped us to reopen our doors and to help our ministries, especially those serving the very poor and vulnerable,” he said. “We continue to be graced by volunteers coming to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to help with the long-term rebuilding of our city and region.” Even though the province’s ministries have recovered almost fully, the region has not, which causes our desolation. Those who have been left behind in the recovery are mostly poor, black, and elderly. William Quigley, law professor and law clinic director at Loyola University New Orleans, describes this in the latest annual update to his Katrina Pain Index.
Jesuit High School after the flood cleanup
He said that while tens of billions of dollars poured into Louisiana, the funds had a minimal impact on the city’s poor and working people. Many of New Orleans’ elderly and poor citizens never made it back home. The poverty rate for children (especially black children) who did make it back remains at disturbingly high pre-Katrina levels. Thirty-nine percent of children in New Orleans live in poverty, 17 percentage points higher than the national average. Rents have risen significantly since Katrina. Quigley quotes The Data Center that estimates 37 percent of renters in New Orleans now spend more than half of their income on rent. Those of us in the province who experienced Hurricane Katrina marked its 10th anniversary with consolation and gratitude, knowing that our Jesuit ministries could not have recovered without the Ignatian family walking alongside and holding us up. Perhaps God is calling us now to find ways to walk with and hold up those who have been left behind.
Mary Baudouin, a New Orleans native, is the provincial’s assistant for social ministries of the Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province, the same position she held for the New Orleans Province when Katrina flooded her home, workplace and children’s schools. After the storm, she and her family shared a trailer in a pasture behind St. Charles College for five months, and later, lived in the vacated Jesuit Volunteer Corps house in New Orleans for seven months while rebuilding their home in New Orleans’ Mid City neighborhood. She worked in temporary offices in Grand Coteau until March 2006 when the province office in New Orleans reopened.
Fernando Luis Barreto Mercado: A Numbers Guy By Cheryl Wittenauer
ernando Luis Barreto Mercado took a circuitous route to the Jesuits. Lots of numbers and a curiosity about a group of men he knew nothing about figured into it. The 36-year-old Puerto Rico native had moved with his parents to Texas in his senior year of high school. He went on to the University of TexasPan American, and later transferred to Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in actuarial sciences and finance, with an emphasis in investment. He’s a numbers guy who was aiming for a career as an actuary, perhaps advising financial services clients about retirement plans. Right out of school in 2001, he got a job at Cigna, an insurance conglomerate, at its office in Hartford, Conn., staying for three years. He might have stayed longer if not for a disturbing web site he stumbled upon while researching a nonCatholic church. He is attracted to inter-religious dialogue but the vitriol and images of demons on the web site he uncovered disturbed him. “What the heck is a Jesuit?” he wondered. A Catholic who regularly went to Mass, he had never heard of the Jesuits. He dug further, reading about St. Ignatius for the first time. Captivated and curious, he emailed the Jesuits of the Spanish province of Toledo, asking if Jesuits were Catholic and wanting to know more about them. A succession of forwarded emails later, Barreto got a call from the vocation promoter in Puerto Rico. “He said I couldn’t just read about them, I’d have to meet them,” he recalled. The Jesuit offered to pay half of Barreto’s airfare to Puerto Rico to visit for a few days. With his curiosity satisfied in that visit, Barreto returned to his quarterly actuarial reports at Cigna, but one day, when he couldn’t calculate the numbers, he grew frustrated, slammed his computer keyboard and surprised himself by saying, “If I was a Jesuit, this wouldn’t be happening to me.” He thought about what 26 JESUITS
he’d said for a couple days, and then decided to quit his job in order to consider whether he wanted to be a Jesuit. He flew back to Puerto Rico, where the Jesuits at the time were an independent region. He arrived just in time to join a group volunteering in the Dominican Republic over Holy Week. Back in Puerto Rico, he lived in community for two months with two other men discerning whether to join the Jesuits. He interviewed, took the required psychological exam, and squeezed in a missionary trip to Paraguay. On Aug. 15, 2004, he joined the Society of Jesus, only eight months after reading that troubling web site. He was attracted to how the Jesuits relate to God. “They taught me how to pray and gave me the tools to start a spiritual life,” he said. “It was what I needed.” Life since that first meeting has been a whirlwind immersion into philosophy, theology, and new countries and languages. After two years of novitiate in the Dominican Republic, he did first studies for four years at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in Spain, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy. He returned to Puerto Rico, teaching computers and doing Ignatian formation at Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, and doing catechesis and youth ministry at San Ignacio de Loyola parish, both in Rio Piedras. Next, he did two grueling years of Chinese language studies in Taipei, Taiwan, to prepare for a third year of theology studies in Chinese. This fall, he transferred to the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara, Calif., for a less daunting, English-language ride through theology studies. His interest in inter-religious dialogue that led him to the Jesuits in the first place may play out in his future. He’s also keen on Ignatian spirituality, China missions, or ministry with Chinese immigrants to the U.S. He still likes numbers, and did some actuarial calculations for the Jesuits regarding Social Security benefits.
Rodney Kissinger: Seasoned and Active By Cheryl Wittenauer
r. Rodney “Rod” Kissinger is still working at 100. Not in the conventional, punch-a-time-clock sense, but as a writer and retreat giver with his own web site, Seasoned Spirituality, a title he’s earned. Born 100 years ago in New Orleans, he came late to Catholicism. He was baptized as an infant in his mother’s Lutheran Church, and baptized in his father’s Catholic faith at age 24 during his junior year at Loyola University New Orleans. He made the cut, noting that in those days, the church didn’t accept every baptism. Why? “That’s the Catholic Church,” he said. He wasn’t new to the faith; he’d attended Holy Cross High School during the height of the Great Depression, working as a soda jerk at a drive-in for $1 a night after classes and football practice. When one of the Holy Cross Brothers caught young Rodney sleeping in class, he explained that he had to work. The brother took him into the boarding program so he wouldn’t have to work after school. He attended the University of Notre Dame on a football scholarship, playing on the freshman team when leather helmets were the norm. He quit Notre Dame to go to work for two years. He returned to school, played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Loyola in 1941, and believed he had a vocation, but the Jesuits said he needed more time as a Catholic. He worked at a Shell Oil Co. refinery for a year and entered the Society of Jesus the following spring. He was confirmed in the Catholic Church during novitiate. He has always believed that people don’t choose God as much as God chooses them, and shapes their destiny like clay molded in the potter’s hand. He said he’s living proof. “I was a putty man,” he said. “I was pushed around, here and there, influenced by anybody. You realize that God is doing it and it gives you the confidence to keep on.”
As a Jesuit, he has taught and served as assistant principal at Jesuit high schools in Tampa and Dallas; directed retreats and/or run retreat houses throughout the South and Midwest; and was assistant pastor or pastor at parishes in Florida, Louisiana and Texas. But his best gift in 62 years as a Jesuit priest, he says, is leading people in the Spiritual Exercises. Even today, he offers emailed retreats, suggesting passages to read and learning retreatants’ struggles. He advises them to “get out of the way and let the Holy Spirit do its work.” When he lived in Tampa from 1988 to 2002, he had a radio ministry with the local Catholic radio station. In a live broadcast every Sunday, he read the Gospel reading and offered a reflection. The popular 15-minute radio spots, “Journey of Faith” by Fr. Kissinger, are still aired today. They also can be heard on his web site. These days, he emails his homilies to followers and posts them on his web site. “I’m always writing, mostly spiritual things,” he said. “I write for myself and sometimes to publish. I have a knack for writing in a simple way. When God gives you something, you have to give it back.” Fr. Rod lives at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Pavilion in Grand Coteau, La., a health care center for older Jesuits. Thirteen years ago, after a nasty fall and a diagnosis of prostate cancer, he asked to be relieved of his duties at Tampa and sent to retirement at the Ignatius Residence in New Orleans. But once there, he found his groove, started writing and perked up. He is comfortable in old age, having come to understand the importance of being, not just going and doing. “Our Lord really does save the very best wine for last,” he said. “The first 100 years are the hardest.”
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New Path for Jesuits’ Communication Man By Cheryl Wittenauer
om Rochford’s long run as Jesuit communications man has included a few dream jobs. The long-time Jesuit writer, editor, photographer, videographer, painter and designer did a one-month internship in 1969 on the Mission Impossible television program at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. He had planned to go into filmmaking. In the early 1980s, he studied at the Pratt Institute’s school of art, communication and design in Brooklyn, N.Y., where a burglar awakened him one night with a gun to his head. The experience led to his often-told belief that “It’s true: you don’t really know the day or the hour.” Yet the 68-year-old Jesuit priest survived it, and went on to serve as director of province publications for the former Missouri Province in St. Louis from 1985 to ’94, and as secretary for communications for the Jesuit Conference in Washington for the next five years. He retraced the steps of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Europe and the Holy Land, chronicling the life of the Society of Jesus’ founder. His photos of Ignatian signposts from Italy, Spain, Jerusalem and beyond grace a 1990-91 calendar that marked the 450th anniversary of the Society’s founding and the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Ignatius. But if D.C. wasn’t sultry enough in the summer, he got to live in Rome from 2000 to 2009 to serve as secretary for communications for the worldwide Society of Jesus and to serve two superiors general: Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach and Fr. Adolfo Nicolás. It was during that time that Rochford traveled the world visiting Jesuits who work in print, video, radio and web sites and documenting Jesuits and their ministries in photos. He also established the first computer 28 JESUITS
department at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome and helped create databases and information systems to further its administrative work. “Living in the center of the Society in Rome and visiting Jesuits at the frontiers was an incredible privilege that gives me a unique viewpoint of the mission of the Society of Jesus,” he said. In 2009, he was reassigned to communications work for the Missouri Province, which last year joined with the New Orleans Province and Puerto Rico Region to form the Central and Southern Province. He stayed another six years putting out the province magazine, assisting in a web site redesign, and creating photo, word and video stories to document the Jesuits. Earlier this year, he realized that it was time for a change from working at an office desk to a more directly pastoral assignment. In July, with the provincial’s blessing, Rochford moved to his native Colorado to begin a new path as chaplain and artist in residence at Regis Jesuit High School in suburban Denver. The assignment brings him full circle. He taught English from 1977 to 1981 at the old Regis High School when it was an all-boys institution in North Denver. He left Colorado to study design in New York City, where he began to paint. He’d gotten his start teaching at St. John’s College in Belize City in the early 1970s. His stints overseas gave him an aptitude for dialects and accents, which he springs on friends mid-conversation. The change from corporate communications to art and pastoral work brings him closer to his family, and he doesn’t have to worry about where he’ll spend Christmas now, assuming they’ll invite him.
Fr. James P. Walsh
Fr. Harry E. Hoewischer
James Walsh died April 18, 2015 in St. Louis after 61 years as a Jesuit. He was 80. The Denver native joined the Society of Jesus in 1953 and was ordained in 1966. With degrees in philosophy and letters, he divided his ministry between the missions in Belize (1968-82) and pastoral care in Colorado (1982-2004). In Belize, he was a pastor and zealous missionary to all of the small rural communities of Mestizo and Mayan people. He recruited religious sisters, the Madrecitas Guadalupana in Mexico, to come to Corozal Town. They are still a major religious force in northern Belize. He then served as associate pastor or pastor at parishes in Denver, Pueblo, Aurora, and Springfield, Colo.
Harry Hoewischer died May 18, 2015 in Denver after 67 years as a Jesuit. He was 92. The Cairo, Ill., native joined the Society of Jesus in 1947 and was ordained in 1957. He was a medic in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Battle of Iwo Jima. After the war, he earned a nursing degree and studied hospital administration. He spent most of his ministry at Regis University in Denver, teaching and serving as dean of students and academic dean before earning his doctorate in psychology at Boston College. He returned to Denver to teach psychology and chair the department at Regis and to counsel priests and women religious at a time of confusion in the church about religious life.
Bro. Norbert A. Vogt
Fr. Raul A. Navarro
Norbert Vogt died May 16, 2015 in St. Louis after 65 years as a Jesuit, 50 of them spent in Belize. He was 86. The Portage des Sioux, Mo., native joined the Society of Jesus in 1950. He was missioned to Belize in 1962 and stayed for most of his Jesuit life, teaching at St. John’s College and working as a community minister, guest master, house and college treasurer, consultor and treasurer to the mission superior. He especially cared for young Jesuits in formation, helping them to discover God’s presence in their lives while in a culture different from their own.
Raul Navarro died June 23, 2015, in Cusco, Peru after 12 years as a Jesuit. He was 55. The native of Mexico City, who had moved to Louisiana as a boy, joined the Society of Jesus in 2002 and was ordained in 2013. At the time of his death, he was coordinating an exchange program between the Jesuit University in Peru and Rockhurst University, where he was assistant dean of the College of Health and Human Services. He also directed the school’s study abroad programs and was a chaplain. He had multiple degrees from Loyola University New Orleans, Loyola University Chicago and the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. He taught at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory school and helped establish a Cristo Rey school in Houston, and was active in campus ministry in higher education. FALL 2015
donors Companions Honor Roll
We are grateful to all who support the Society of Jesus through their gifts of prayer, time and resources. The following donors have joined the Companions of St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier, St. Peter Faber and St. Aloysius Gonzaga by making contributions from March 1 to June 30, 2015. A cumulative list of all donors can be viewed on the province website: jesuitscentralsouthern.org/supportus Companion of St. Ignatius Loyola ($5,000 or more per year) Anonymous Estate of Ms. Vivian B. Cazayoux Dr. and Mrs. James E. Ebel Mr. and Mrs. Arthur K. Gorman Estate of Mrs. Elizabeth G. Hall Miss Mary Frances Hallet Estate of Mr. J. Ronald Hinze Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Kanik Rev. Richard C. Maynard Mr. and Mrs. Mikio Nishizu Estate of Ms. Franzi J. Schmid Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Smith Estate of Mrs. Catherine M. Volk Boston College Jesuit High School of New Orleans Koch Foundation, Inc. Laurence A. Short Revocable Trust Loyola Press Mildred B. Bancroft Trust Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, Inc Rockhurst High School Sacred Story Institute White House Retreat House
Companion of St. Francis Xavier ($1,000 to $4,999 per year) Anonymous (2) Mr. and Mrs. Donald D. Adrian Mr. William M. Barbieri Mr. and Dr. John T. Blattner Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Bruno Mr. William J. Burke Mrs. Nora Jane Byrne Mr. Joseph H. Campbell, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Carroll Rev. Richard J. Cassidy Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Castellano Dr. Deborah J. Cohen Mr. and Mrs. David O. Danis, Sr Estate of Mrs. Aline M. Dastugue Mr. Joseph D. DiCroce Mr. Scott L. Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Arnold A. Griffin Dr. and Mrs. John A. Grinaldi Mr. James R. Guthrie Estate of Mrs. Mary C. Heinsz Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Kaley Dr. John E. Kidwell
Mr. and Mrs. Eric P. Koetting Mr. and Mrs. Mark J. LaBarge Mrs. Elizabeth H. Mast Ms. Ellen D. McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. David M. Missey Mr. and Mrs. James F. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. Morris, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Mundhenke Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Murphy, Jr Mrs. Joanne B. Nacey Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence P. Nordmann Mr. Philip Paschang Mr. and Mrs. Martin D. Pinne Mr. Robert A. Planthold Mr. Robert R. Planthold Dr. Jill Raitt Dr. and Mrs. Lucio Sanchez Mrs. Odessa M. Schaller Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Schnebelen, Sr Mr. and Mrs. Clifton J. Seliga, III Mr. and Mrs. George G. Shaw Dr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Spedale, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Strebeck, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen V. Tan Mr. Robert M. Tynan Mr. and Mrs. John C. Vatterott, Sr Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Weingartner Ms. Madonna M. Wolff Ms. Margaret P. Zaunbrecher Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Zingaro
Rev. Vernon R. Heinsz, SJ Mr. and Mrs. Glenn J. Hendry, Jr Deacon and Mrs. Robert W. Holladay Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hummel Mr. and Mrs. James L. Ivey Mr. Joseph F. Kelley Mr. Michael J. Koetting Mr. Ronald J. Legnion Mr. Gerald O. Martin Judge Michael O. McDonald Mr. and Mrs. David L. Mehl Mr. and Mrs. Jack Merkel Dr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Merrill Mr. Jose F. Montes Dr. and Mrs. Frank C. Morrone Col. Charles H. Ockrassa Mrs. Frances C. Pivach Mrs. Bessie T. Poche Dr. Michael J. Prejean, Sr Mr. and Mrs. Chris R. Redford Mr. and Mrs. George E. Reid Estate of Helen and Marie Rotterman Mr. and Mrs. John J. Schneider Mrs. Maureen M. Seabury Ms. Kathleen A. Simar Mr. and Mrs. Gerald F. Slattery, Jr Mr. Michael O. Warner Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Whitehead Ms. Anita M. Xavier Dr. and Mrs. Darrell E. Zeller
All Saints Parish Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House Fontbonne University Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Immaculate Conception Church Jesuit Community at Santa Clara University Jesuit Spirituality Center (Louisana) Jesuit Spirtuality Center (Ohio) Jesuit Volunteer Corps Loyola Institute of Spirituality Loyola University, New Orleans Loyola University of Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies Manresa Jesuit Retreat House (Michigan) Rockhurst University Saint Mary Student Parish Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Stuart-Griffin-Perlitz, Foundation The Pat & Neil O'Brien Family Foundation
Saint Dominic Savio Parish Saint Jude Catholic Church Shrine of The Sacred Heart
Companion of St. Peter Faber ($500 to $999 per year) Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Rodolfo Alvarez Ms. Susan Baber Dr. Robert P. Blereau Mr. and Mrs. Gregory L. Conner Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Conrad Mr. and Mrs. Franklyn L. Cutrone Ms. Zelda Davis Mr. and Mrs. Todd A. Dittmann Mr. Kerry M. Dooley Mr. Oliver A. Dulle, Jr Mr. and Mrs. John J. Ebeling Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Espenan Mr. and Mrs. James D. Faust Mr. and Mrs. John A. Gates
Companion of St. Aloysius Gonzaga ($100 to $499 per year) Anonymous (2) Drs. George Alangaden and Nelia Afonso Ms. Nancy Alchediak Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Alvarez Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Amos, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Anderson, Jr Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Andrus Ms. Pamfila Apolonio Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Arceneaux Ms. Mary Ellen Arceneaux Mr. and Mrs. Victor Arias, Sr Mr. & Mrs. J. Matthew Ashley Mr. Robert Astroth Mrs. Mary A. Axsom Ms. Marjorie P. Baish Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Bantle, Sr Mr. and Mrs. William E. Bass Mr. and Mrs. Herman L. Bastian, Jr Mr. Robert W. Baugh Ms. Judith A. Bauman Mr. and Mrs. James W. Baxendale Dr. Mariette P. Baxendale Mr. and Mrs. James W. Beck Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Becker Mr. and Mrs. Michael Benya Dr. and Mrs. Peter C. Bishop Mr. and Mrs. John E. Boelte, II Mr. and Mrs. Kaler R. Bole Mr. William J. Bollwerk Ms. Ellen E. Bonacorsi Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Bordes, Sr Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Borey
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Borst Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bowman Hon. William C. Bradley, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Barry J. Brauninger Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W. Brill Mr. John Brocksieck Dr. John C. Brooks Mr. Curtis L. Brown Mr. and Mrs. James E. Brown, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Brown Mrs. Barbara J. Brubaker Mr. Frederick Brubaker, Jr. Dr. Bernard Paul Brummer Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Buras Dr. and Mrs. John M. Burke Mr. Joseph A. Burke Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Burnett Mrs. Mary Kay H. Burns Mr. and Mrs. L. William Buxton Ms. Mary Largent-Byrne Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Caballero Dr. and Mrs. Edward P. Carlin Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Carpio, Jr Ms. Marie A. Casey Dr. and Mrs. Patrick H. Casey Ms. Jody F. Castle Mr. John Causland Dr. and Mrs. Charles P. Cavaretta Dr. and Mrs. Francis T. Cazayoux, Sr Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cazayoux Mr. and Mrs. John D. Charbonnet Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Charbonnet Mrs. Mary C. Chung Mrs. Jo H. Church Mr. and Mrs. E C. Cierpial Mr. and Mrs. Preston Cifreo Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Clarke, Sr Ms. Paula J. Clawson Mr. and Mrs. John C. Clements Dr. Jesus L. Climaco Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Cloninger Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Concannon, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Conko, Sr Drs. Charles L. & Rosemary Conlon Mr. and Mrs. David E. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Corcoran Ms. Barbara L. Cornelsen Dr. and Mrs. Stan P. Cowley, Jr Mr. and Mrs. William T. Crawford Mrs. Margaret A. Crimmins Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Cronin Mrs. Dora C. Cuddihee Mrs. Terry Cupaioli Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Dallavalle Mr. Tom Daly Mr. and Mrs. Francis R. Daulong Dr. and Mrs. Gaston A. de la Bretonne, Jr Rev. Edward J. Degeyter Mr. Del Margo Mrs. Gail I. Delaney Mr. and Mrs. Quin Denvir Mr. and Mrs. David D. Dereczyk Mr. Jeffrey Deters Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Didier Ms. Carolyn Doherty Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dominick Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Dooley Ms. Peg Dove Ms. Joan E. Dowler Mr. and Mrs. James Doyle, III
Mrs. Sherry L Drury Mr. and Mrs. Neville G. D’Souza Dr. James S. Dugal Mr. and Mrs. Marvin A. Dupree Dr. and Mrs. John E. Ebel Dr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Ellender, Jr Mr. and Mrs. David P. Elliott Mr. and Mrs. Dan J. Entrup Mr. Lawrence H. Essmann Mr. and Mrs. John F. Falke Mrs. Jean M. Feldmeier Mr. and Mrs. William J. Fienup Mr. and Mrs. John C. Fitzpatrick Dr. and Mrs. Dennis R. Floyd Mr. and Mrs. Dennis P. Frauenhoffer Mr. and Mrs. J. Charles Freel, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Freeman, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Arturo R. Frietze Mr. and Mrs. Nash J. Friloux Mr. and Mrs. John D. Fruge Mrs. Lucille F. Fuegner Mr. Ernest L. Garcia Mr. and Mrs. Terry G. Gartside Ms. Julia H. Geheeb Mrs. Ann M. Geraty Mr. Peitro G. Gianfrancesco Mrs. Janice O. Giffin Mr. and Mrs. Anthony P. Gillman Ms. Jeanne M. Girsch Mr. Richard J. Glaser Mr. and Mrs. Louis H. Grieshop Mr. Lorren D. Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Gross Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Grossimon Miss Charlene A. Guerrero Mr. Davis A. Gueymard Mrs. Mary Ann Guilinger Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Hadad Ms. Linda M. Hagen Mr. Joe Hanon Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Hanrahan Mr. Joseph D. Hart Mrs. Joan W. Hartson Mr. Valence G. Hebert Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Heitmann Mr. and Mrs. William T. Hickey Mr. Louis D. Higgs Thomas M. Hinchen & Libby Avitabile Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hite Mr. Dat Hoang Ms. Mary L. Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. John M. Holland Mrs. Suzanne M. Holt-Savage Mr. and Mrs. John G. Hondros Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Howat, Sr Rev. John M. Hunthausen, SJ Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Hutchison Mr. and Mrs. David A. Ippel Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand J Iseringhausen, Sr Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Jasen, Jr Mr. William G. Jasen Dr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Johans Mrs. Mary A. Jolley Dr. and Mrs. James A. Junker Mrs. Catherine W Kallal Mrs. Joan P. Kane Mr. and Mrs. James F. Karl Mrs. Brandy Kearns Mr. John M. Kiblinger Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. King
Ms. Rebecca King Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Kingsley Mr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Klump Mr. Eugene P Knaff Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Koch Rev. Michael Konck Mr. and Mrs. Mark R. Koors Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Kramer Mr. and Mrs. Craig E. LaBarge Mr. and Mrs. Owen J. LaCour, Jr Mr. and Mrs. John K. LaForge Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Laird Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Lambert Mr. David P. Landry Mr. Ronald J. LaVallee Mr. and Mrs. Fortis M. Lawder Mr. and Mrs. Rene J. Lazare, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. LeBlanc Mr. and Mrs. Philip H. Leighton, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Lester Mr. Richard Levey Mr. and Mrs. Alan D. Levin Ms. Marie M. Lies Mr. Donald L. Lindemann Ms. Patricia M. Linn Capt. and Mrs. Thomas J. Loftus Dr. Robert J. Logel Mr. and Mrs. David E. Lormand Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Luchi Estate of Ms. Carol R. Madden Drs. G.M. and Avril Makhlouf Mrs. Richard H. Marshall Ms. Megan K. Marshall Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Martin, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Leandro L. Martinez, Jr Dr. and Mrs. Emil J. Mateker, Jr Mr. Andre J. Mathurin Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Mazoue, Jr Mrs. Frances L. McCaul Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. McCauley Ms. Mary Margaret McCormick Mrs. Mary I. McDevitt Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. McDowell Mr. and Mrs. John D. McEnroe Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. McGlone Mr. and Mrs. J. David McGuinness Mr. William A. McGuire, Jr Mr. and Mrs. John C. McMahon Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. McMahon, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Timothy K. McNamara Dr. and Mrs. John J. McPhaul, Jr Mr. Thomas B. McTighe, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Roger Mesker Dr. James A. Meyers Mr. and Mrs. R B. Miller, III Mrs. Mary Kay Mohr Mrs. Marguerite Montagnet Mrs. Joanne T. Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. James C. Moran Mr. and Mrs. John L. Moseley, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Mossa Ms. Alyson M. Mount Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Muse Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Muse Mr. Joseph B. Naylor Ms. Elizabeth Nelson Mr. Richard J. Neuenfeldt, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Craig Neumann Mr. and Mrs. William E. Nicholson
Dr. Michael E. Niedermeyer Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Nolan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Nolan Mr. and Mrs. John C. O’Brien Mr. and Mrs. Scot W. O’Brien Mr. L. Glenn O’Kray Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Olinde Mr. and Mrs. Lazaro Olvera Prof. and Mrs. John Page Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Palumbo, Jr Ms. Nicoletta E. Parato Mrs. Vicki C. Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Ralph N. Pautz Mrs. Margaret C. Peay Mr. Frederick G. Pedro Mr. and Mrs. Claiborne W. Perrilliat, III Ms. Donna Perry Mrs. Marie Louise Peters Mr. Philip Piasecki Mr. and Mrs. George L. Pivach, II Mr. Tim Placke Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Poche Mr. and Mrs. John B. Poche Mr. and Mrs. David Poole Mr. Albert J. Portelance Mrs. Carol M. Porter Mr. and Mrs. John B. Postell Ms. Andree M. Postick Mr. Robert V. Power Mr. Raymond P. Prasifka Ms. Gail M. Presbey Mr. and Mrs. Ted W. Price, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Ptasnik Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Purcell, Jr Mr. Kenneth E. Raab Mr. and Mrs. William D. Rauch Dr. Andrew J. Reck Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Reedy Mr. and Mrs. James R. Regan Mr. and Mrs. Matthias D. Renner Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. Reymond, Jr Mr. Timothy Rice Mr. and Mrs. Leroy A. Richard Mrs. Kristin M. Richling Mr. and Mrs. Steven C. Richmond Mr. and Mrs. Marc L. Robert, II Mrs. Cynthia M. Roberts Ms. Gladys S. Rocha Ms. Elma L. Roesch Mrs. Tristana M. Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Rotar Mr. Jules G. Sabrier, Jr Mr. Saul O. Sanchez Dr. and Mrs. John B. Sardisco Mrs. Marjorie M. Schammel Mr. Gerald J. Schenking Rev. John P. Schlegel, SJ Ms. Arlene Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Schuh Mr. F. Joseph Schulte Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Schupay Mr. and Mrs. James E. Schuster Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Schutte, Sr Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Schwarzbek Mr. Neal Seago Ms. Eileen H. Searls Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Seep, Jr Miss Myrtle M. Servat Mr. and Mrs. Leonce J. Sevin
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