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A Holy Boldness NEW YORK PROVINCE JESUITS AND OUR COLLEAGUES

. SUMMER 2010

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Father Provincial’s Message Dear Friends of the Jesuits, The goal of our Jesuit ministries extends far beyond what is easily measureable by everyday standards. Jesuits labor for “the greater glory of God” - indeed a lofty ambition, but not one of our own making. St. Ignatius Loyola’s desire that we do this had its origin in his personal encounter with God. It arose from his prayer during experiences he later formulated into his Spiritual Exercises. While this was an intensely personal journey for Ignatius, it remains a structure of prayer that is available to all who seek God with a sincere heart. In this issue of A Holy Boldness, you will discover frequent references made to the Spiritual Exercises throughout every Jesuit’s life, starting with a novice’s introduction to the Society of Jesus. It is a core experience that binds us together regardless of our histories or the immense variety of our apostolates. The Spiritual Exercises are also available to our colleagues in ministry, and the experience in prayer that these Exercises present unite us in mind and heart for our mission together. As we continue to move closer to merging the three Provinces of Maryland, New England and New York into one eastern province, the Spiritual Exercises are the unifying force. The merger is part of our national Jesuit effort to respond more adequately to the call of Christ as we discern it in the needs of the Church and the world, and the merger is already underway. Our three formation programs are now under the supervision of one Jesuit, Father Thomas Feely, S.J., and our vocation program for the three provinces is led by Father Charles Frederico, S.J. This fall, Father Vincent Cooke, S.J., who has just completed a 17-year tenure as President of Canisius College, will assist us to move forward in bringing together our three provinces in all areas of our apostolates. For the past four years, A Holy Boldness has served to inform our friends and benefactors about the work of the Jesuits, along with our colleagues in ministry, and to highlight areas in need of support. Similar publications have done the same in Maryland and New England. Starting this fall, these efforts will be combined into one new publication that will serve the geographic area from Maine to Atlanta. I invite you to enjoy reading Jesuits: Maryland, New England, New York Provinces when its first issue reaches you in November. All of these endeavors are “for the greater glory of God.” They succeed by God’s grace and your prayers and financial support. Thank you for all you continue to do for us.

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Gratefully in our Lord,

14 Tertians in Ireland David S. Ciancimino, S.J. Provincial

Cover photos [clockwise from upper left]: Mr. Ben Brenkert, SJ; Patrick Nolan, nSJ; Br. Christopher Derby, SJ [center]; Archbishop Dolan with newly ordained Jesuits

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New Jesuit Assignments

A Jesuit in Transition Fr. James Miracky, SJ

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e’s a New York Province Jesuit, but Father James J. Miracky, SJ, has learned to love New England as an English professor and associate dean at the College of the Holy Cross. Soon he will surely grow in his affection for Maryland crab cakes as the dean of Loyola University Maryland’s College of Arts and Sciences. Fr. Miracky took over his new duties in July, after more than 14 years at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. “I still feel strong roots in New York,” he said. “But I feel like I was adopted here (in New England).” He has observed that each province has its own culture – from the Boston Irish pride of New England, to the if-I-can-make-it-there swagger of New York, to Maryland’s historic claim as the first spot where Jesuits made their mark in this country. Fr. Miracky, 50, also has Midwest connections. He was raised in Milwaukee but, after his father was transferred to Buffalo, attended Canisius High School there. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1977. Educated at Fordham University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, CA, Fr. Miracky received his doctorate in English from Rutgers University and taught modern British fiction, Shakespeare and modern drama at Holy www.nysj.org

Cross, as well as serving as chairman of the English Department. In pastoral terms, he has been available as an informal counselor to students seeking spiritual advice, assisted with campus ministry and participated in service projects to Mexico, a work that is part of the social ministry orientation of Holy Cross students. The school ranks number one among all colleges in the percentage of students who partake in Jesuit and other volunteer programs after graduation. Still, while saying he has enjoyed teaching, Fr. Miracky is looking forward to work in administration. He even admits to liking meetings. “I get excited by seeing how the pieces fit together,” he said. Taking on administrative duties as chair of the English Department at Holy Cross and as a member of the board of trustees

of Xavier University in Cincinnati has allowed Fr. Miracky to see the big picture after many years in the classroom. “I’m finding myself in more and more situations in which I am the only Jesuit voice,” he said. “My generation is a transitional generation. We are seeing our institutions move into lay leadership.” The challenge at Loyola, as at other Jesuit institutions, is keeping the Jesuit vision alive at a time when there are fewer Jesuits available to work in academia and when there is a large diversity, including many non-Catholics, who are faculty and administrators as well as students. The goal is to educate faculty and others on the value of the Jesuit mission, including the ethos of the Spiritual Exercises and the commitment to social justice. Fr. Miracky is prepared to see how that vision will grow stronger in Maryland.

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ather James P. Carr, SJ, has been appointed Director of Novices for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. Fr. Carr has experience in spiritual direction and the work of formation. He has been Director of Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, MA, since 2008. Prior to that he was assistant to the Director of Novices in both Boston, MA, and Syracuse, NY. Ordained in 1992, he has

Fr. James Carr, SJ

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Jesuits in Formation

Preparing to be a Jesuit

Mr.Timothy O’Brien, nSJ, speaking at the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse, NY

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“The most important thing they need to do is to love Jesus. Everything else is secondary.”

imothy O’Brien, nSJ, is one of 14 men in the two-year novitiate program at St. Andrew Hall in Syracuse, NY. “It’s a real opportunity for growth,” he said. Even though he hasn’t yet professed the Jesuit vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, O’Brien noted that he is presently living them out in a very intentional way. Before entering the novitiate, O’Brien graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. It was there that he began to form an impression of the Jesuit priests he encountered. “They appeared to love what they were doing with their lives as Jesuits and as priests,” said O’Brien. “That was the beginning of my personal relationship with God, and that relationship brought me to the Society of Jesus.” Father Joseph Lingan, SJ, Master of Novices, said that he feels honored and privileged to witness the ways in which novices grow as they enter into their Jesuit formation. “It is very heartening to see,” he said. “They are very generous men and very intent. I tell them the most important thing they need to do is to love Jesus. Everything else is secondary.” 4 Summer 2010

The four fundamental goals during this time are discerning one’s vocation, a more intimate relationship with the Lord, growth in authentic self-knowledge and an increasing love for the Society of Jesus. During their first semester, the first-year novices participate in conferences on Jesuit life, history and customs, an introduction to the person of Jesus in Scripture, and basic or intermediate Spanish. They also participate in a local ministry. In January, the novices make the Spiritual Exercises, a 30-day retreat developed by St. Ignatius Loyola. “For me, that retreat was the high point of the Novitiate program,” noted O’Brien. Fr. Lingan said that the Spiritual Exercises are intended for the men to develop a personal relationship with Christ and then to discern God’s will. “It’s a very personal experience. The men come to a deep appreciation of God’s love for them and they ponder the question, ‘What is God calling me to do?’” Following the retreat, novices make a pilgrimage during which they meet and pray with Jesuits in other places. They then work at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, assisting terminally www.nysj.org


ill cancer patients. The second-year novices live in Syracuse during the first semester and participate in classes and selected seminars. In addition, they serve in local ministries. O’Brien assisted at the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse from September to December. He also worked in prison ministry at Midstate Correctional Facility every other Tuesday, leading a Bible study group. “I found it rewarding,” he said. “It was wonderful to meet people who were interested in deepening their relationship with God.” From January through May, the second year novices work full-time at a Jesuit apostolate. In June, they return to Syracuse for a retreat in preparation for their first vows in mid-August. In his second-year at St. Andrew Hall, Patrick Nolan, nSJ, served as a visitor advocate at the Onondaga County Justice Center. In addition to praying and talking with the inmates, Nolan acted as a go-between to pass along messages of love and support between the inmates and their families. During this past semester, Nolan and fellow novice, Ricardo Avila, taught at Xavier High School on Chuuk in Micronesia. Nolan said that even though he hasn’t professed his vows yet, he has been living them. “The high point [of the Jesuit novitiate] for me has been finding Christ in the various ‘experiments’ where I have served” he said. “Another is the encouragement that I receive from my novice master and spiritual director, the staff, my brother novices, my family, friends and other Jesuits.” Nolan is a native of Massapequa, NY. “As I became more involved in my parish as an altar boy, I became more and more aware of God’s love for me and my personal role in serving his Church,” said Nolan. Later, when he attended Loyola University Maryland, he admired the Jesuits he encountered there. In his senior year, Father Timothy Brown, SJ, who served as Class Moderator, impressed him “especially by his example as a Jesuit priest, specifically how much he was able to give of himself and how happy he seemed.” Nolan felt honored when he received an invitation to a “Come and See” event at the Jesuit Residence. After graduating, Nolan lived in New York City and worked in the sports marketing industry. “I began to search for something more and would look back at God’s blessings on my life,” he said. “This feeling of gratitude fueled my desire to reconnect with the Jesuits.” Nolan stressed the importance of fostering vocations. “If you know of someone who you think might make a good priest or religious sister or brother, tell them how you feel,” he said. “Sometimes we need encouragement from someone else to realize what might already be within us.” Claudia Mathis is a staff writer for the Catholic SUN, Syracuse, NY. Reprinted with permission. www.nysj.org

Mr. Ricardo Avila, nSJ, and Mr. Patrick Nolan, nSJ, taught at Xavier High School on Chuuk during their second year of novitiate.

Mr. Patrick Nolan, nSJ, with Chuukese eighth graders

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The First and Most Important Novitiate Experiment Fr. Joseph E. Lingan, SJ Master of Novices

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he first stage of Formation, the Novitiate, is a two-year period during which the vocation of a novice is discerned and confirmed. It is a time at once of formation and probation, during which a vocation is to be tested by various experiments that, in St. Ignatius’ view, constitute the specific characteristic of the Novitiate. Today, our novitiate program is guided by these norms. Most important among these experiments is the making of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Exercises are a series of prayer experiences or “exercises” that one prays. There are several topics for these prayers: The love of God; the mystery and reality of creation, of sin, of God’s mercy and forgiveness; the mystery and reality of the Incarnation, of the life of Jesus of Nazareth; the reality of Jesus’ Paschal Mystery, of the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ, and, finally, a Contemplation to Attain the Love of God. Truly, a brief description

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does not express well what is the focus and ultimate grace of the Spiritual Exercises. However, to express it simply, the Exercises are an instrument by which an individual is able to meet God, encounter and better know the truth of God’s love and mercy, Fr. Joseph Lingan, SJ, preaches at the 2009 Vow Mass. and to discern what might be God’s The experience of directing novices will for the individual. The Exercises are an opportunity for one through the Exercises is a great privilege. to establish a deeper relationship with Indeed, as Novice Director, this is the God, a relationship that, by God’s grace highlight of my year! One comes to know and the continued practice of prayer, will the novice well, and is privileged to witcontinue to deepen throughout one’s life. ness up close his relationship with God. The making of the Exercises is the key ex- An authentic experience of the Exercises periment of the Novitiate, for it sets the is both personal and intense. To be a wittone or context for every other novitiate ness and a companion during this experience is both an honor and a gift. experiment that follows. Through the experience of directing, This past January, the six novices of the my own relationship with God has deepMaryland, New England and New York Provinces made the Spiritual Exercises at ened, my appreciation of St. Ignatius has Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House in deepened, and my affection for each of our novices has deepened. Through the Gloucester, MA. experience of directing the Exercises, I have certainly come to better know and appreciate the Spiritual Exercises, and I pray that I have become a better Jesuit in the process. Finally, permit me to add that at the novitiate we regularly remember and pray for our benefactors and their intentions. We are keenly aware that our mission at the novitiate is made possible through the generous prayers and material support of our benefactors. I pray they know how grateful we are for their support of this important mission, and that God will continue to bless them with Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House in January a generous spirit. www.nysj.org


Jesuits in Formation

First Studies: Growing in Wisdom and Grace

Mr. Ben Brenkert, SJ, right front, and fellow Jesuits at dinner in Bellarmine House

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“In our courses of study and formation, we are animated towards the frontiers.”

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arrived in St. Louis in August of 2007: a Yankee fan in Cardinal territory. It was some four or five days after pronouncing perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the chapel at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. With my initial program in spiritual formation “complete,” my turn at the intellectual apostolate would bring new dimensions to my formation as a Jesuit scholastic journeying towards the priesthood. Now my studies would be less focused on Jesuit documents, including the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and the Constitutions of

the Society of Jesus, and more on social work, philosophy and theology. My time in the novitiate helped me answer the question: to whom do we belong? Now, the Society missioned me to more fully and authentically integrate the spiritual, apostolic and communitarian dimensions of Jesuit life so as to become ever more trustworthy for later missions. At the end of the novitiate, I pronounced vows; at the end of First Studies, I will defend a thesis. What is “First Studies” all about?

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In its decree, The Training of Scholastics Especially in Studies, Jesuit General Congregation 31 states: The purpose of our studies is to train Jesuits to proclaim and transmit the truth revealed in Christ and entrusted to the Church. Our teaching therefore should … be such that, accommodating itself in changing ways of speaking and thinking, and adapting itself to the diverse cultures of the whole world, it can continually revivify that faith in the hearts of men. In Jesuit formation, there is a clear movement from the Novitiate to First Studies and then to Regency where the balancing act of our spiritual and sacramental life continues during the A Holy Boldness 7


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To Share our Treasures Mr. Ben Brenkert, SJ

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he spring break trip to L’Arche in Mobile, AL, is organized by the St. Louis University’s Office of Campus Ministry and Sr. Janet Ahler, CSA, the L’Arche Home Life Leader. The purpose of the trip is to facilitate opportunities for SLU students to encounter the poor and marginalized in communities throughout the U.S. and the world. SLU spring break mission trips are opportunities to experience solidarity, encounters with Christ, relationships and community, prayerful experiences and fun. One of the core experiences for me

came during our meeting with Marty O’Malley, Director of L’Arche Mobile. Marty oriented my student group toward the mission and purpose of L’Arche. A blessing is given in thanksgiving for the group’s trip to L’Arche. He spoke with sincerity about the need to remember the differences between L’Arche Core the least cared for in society: those with Members and L’Arche Team Members. mental retardation and those with physi- The Team Members serve the commucal disability and mental retardation. nity by living with men and women like Marty keyed us in to the real need to Eddie and Wally. It is the Team Members care for these men and who must live each day not judging what women at once abandoned they see, but rather living in a process of by society and the institu- discovery and emotional awareness othtions they left. They have erwise known as the love shared and expersonalities. They are not pressed between human beings. As Marty things, but rather individu- noted, L’Arche is about the language of als existing in the eternal the heart, and L’Arche Mobile has been present - like L’Arche talking that language since 1974. Core Members Eddie and Another seminal experience for me Wally - who form rela- was spending each night with my comtionships, and who are re- munity. From 4 to 7:30 pm, SLU stulational. dents Andrea Sepulveda, Lauren Schuster Andrea Sepulveda, L’Arche Member Eddie and Ben Brenkert, SJ Marty also talked about and I spent time with our micro L’Arche

Jesuit scholastic’s exposure to full time apostolic work. It might be true that most newly vowed scholastics leave the novitiate with feelings of nostalgia and uncertainty. For me, I was feeling extremely free and ready to pursue the next stage of formation, while also feeling incredibly anxious about what was to come. For instance, the novitiate included a regular schedule of prayer, 8 Summer 2010

Mass, conferences and apostolic work; in St. Louis, at the Bellarmine House of Studies, my schedule would be personally developed and personally followed. There would be no Master of Novices monitoring my attendance at Mass or meeting with me to help me discern God’s call to me to be a Jesuit. Now, I was a Jesuit. Over these past three years I have taken my commitments and my prom-

ises as a Jesuit very seriously. While my course work included the requisite philosophy and theology needed to fulfill the Church’s requirements for ordination, my mission was to complete a Master’s in Social Work. I selected the health and mental health concentration, and embarked on an intense degree plan that saw me, like St. Ignatius, taking classes with lay men and women. www.nysj.org


Community, listening to Annie Pearl, Jonathan and Wally share stories and invite us to be in relationship with them. Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, captured what we were called to do during our spring break trip when he wrote in Men andWomen for Others (1973): “Yes - gifted with conscience, intelligence and power, each of us is indeed a center. But a center called to go out of ourselves, to give ourselves to others in love - love, which is our definitive and all-embracing dimension, that which gives meaning to all our other dimensions.” By being able to go out of ourselves, the students whom I accompanied and prayed with at L’Arche Mobile joined me in entering into an eternal present, a present manifested in and by the lives of L’Arche community members. With physical projects completed and L’Arche friends made, my week in Mobile centered on freedom: the freedom of being in tune with my inner self and my surrounding environment. In Mobile, I learned what most people do not know about men and women who are different: that they humanize us to live more simply, to share our treasures more deeply with the poor and marginalized and to find the courage to change unjust social structures. L’Arche, like my own personal calling to the Society of Jesus, is a vocation and a gift from God. Both vocations keep at the center the Spirit of Christ and the desire for everyone to become men and women for and with others.  Living the Vows At St. Louis University I learned about Jesuit education firsthand. Before entering the novitiate, I attended non-Jesuit private and public schools. Living on Long Island for 25 years, I knew about one slice of life; my Jesuit education in the Midwest taught me other perspectives on Christian life. For this I am grateful. www.nysj.org

Jesuits share Christmas dinner together at Bellarmine House.

For instance, St. Louis is a city troubled by a long history of racism. A short distance from the Bellarmine House of Studies is North City, a blighted part of St. Louis affected by “white flight” and economic devastation. Our placement at the edges of a neighborhood challenged by racism situates us in a life of real rather than theoretical poverty. Our Jesuit documents on Studies continue: “In order to help growth in the life of poverty, ways of being close to the world of the poor are to be encouraged; care will have to be taken to make the experience of dependence and renunciation real” (The Formation of Jesuits [2003], p. 45). Both my living on a small monthly stipend and my rubbing elbows with the physically and spiritually poor who surround me have made my living of the vows more authentic. During First Studies, the scholastic grows in his formation. He acquires tools that help him to encounter and speak to the larger world. For me, social analysis meant classes in health and mental health, social work, feminist philosophy, liberation theology and St. Bonaventure. In spiritual direction, I attempted to in-

tegrate my studies with my burgeoning prayer life. Thankfully, my spiritual director, Father Mark McKenzie, SJ, was challenging and encouraging. More importantly, his work with the urban poor at St. Matthew the Apostle Parish taught me that what matters most is the application of theory in the praxis of the every day, ordinary lives of the poor. I never met a scholastic who did not take his time in First Studies seriously. It is after all a costly enterprise to educate and form the young men of the Society, and our benefactors enable us, through their generosity, to develop as wellrounded persons, to relax on the weekends and to immerse ourselves in different cultures where Spanish is learned more easily. Our formation occurs in the classroom as well as over hamburgers at a local pub like O’Connell’s where one can find St. Louis’ best burger. Immersed in the Community The goal of the scholastics’ fuller incorporation into the Society is also met at ministry sites. I have worked at developing the skills needed to direct the 19th Annotation version of St. Ignatius’ A Holy Boldness 9


Formation of Jesuits, p. 74). First Studies is certainly a time for intellectual ruminating, but it is also a time of trial and error, a time to fail, and a time to learn. Whether with a retreatant, the terminally ill, or with a 7th grade boy receiving an education that will help him escape the cycle of poverty, First Studies has taught me something very significant about being a Jesuit: in our courses of study and formation we are animated towards the frontiers, and, in our companionship as brothers and in our collaboration with lay men and women, we see faith and justice work towards the creation of the Kingdom of God. I left the novitiate nostalgic and excited. As I leave First Studies, I know now, [standing] Giovanni Rickman, SJ, and Ben Brenkert, SJ; [left] SLU student, Aimee O’Connor; more than ever before, the answer to the Ben Smyth and Lisa Reiter from SLU Campus Ministry question: to whom do we belong? I am in companionship with my brothers and Spiritual Exercises, with the youth minis- love and great vulnerability. try team at St. Matt’s, and at clinical soBut First Studies is primarily a program sisters who share this call. What is First cial work practicum sites. I most recently rich with philosophical inquiry. Over the Studies? It is thinking big; it is being a ministered at the St. Louis University past three years I have studied “man as a Jesuit formed for an apostolic life that Cancer Center where I practiced oncol- conscious, free and social being; his dig- integrates spiritual, apostolic, commuogy social work. Last summer I studied nity and his rights as a person; his open- nitarian and intellectual dimensions of a Spanish with five other scholastics at the ness to transcendence; the existence and global world. Now I am off to Regency - even more Maryknoll Institute for Languages, in Co- nature of God; conscience, responsibility chabamba, Bolivia. and moral law; man’s responsibility viz-a- en todo amar y servir. Much like my daily attendance at viz culture and its institutions; modes of Mr. Ben Brenkert, SJ, will begin Regency in Mass, or the development of my per- thought and the meaning of truth” (The September at Saint Peter’s Prep, Jersey City. sonal prayer life, these ministry sites and immersion experiences help me to pay more attention to my consecration as a vowed religious. My freedom and ability to more freely encounter people in crisis helps me to see that my encountering Jesus is lived not in isolation but in my community of scholastics or my community of believers. Building the Kingdom of God At Bellarmine, I am the House Vocation Promoter. I help young men learn about finding God in a very noisy world. It has been a real grace to listen to the stories of young men discerning God’s call, a privilege to enter the sacred moments where the relationship between a person and God are told with humility, 10 Summer 2010

Michael Laveson, SJ, Ben Brenkert, SJ, and Andres Vall-Serra, SJ www.nysj.org


Making Decisions the Ignatian Way Ignatius asks us to listen to our mind, our imagination, our heart and our spirit. Fr. Thomas Feely, SJ

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earning how to make decisions well is one of the hallmarks of the initial stages in the formation of a Jesuit priest or brother. In the Novitiate, a Jesuit tests his decision to enter the Society. In First Studies, he begins to live out the decision his novitiate experience has confirmed. Not all decisions are as life-altering as the decision to enter religious life, but all decisions are important. A large part of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is given over to instructions for making decisions well. Perhaps the most striking feature of Ignatius’ approach to decision making is his conviction that the whole person must be involved. Ignatius asks us to listen to our mind, our imagination, our heart and our spirit. The mind asks whether the action will lead to the goal we desire and evaluates whether we have sufficient resources for the course we are considering. The imagination pictures the impact an action might have on us and on those who will be touched by its effects. By disclosing how a possible direction makes us feel, the heart suggests whether following it will build us and others up in peace and joy or not. Finally, we settle in spirit into the loving embrace of God and hand over to God all the evidence that mind and imagination and heart have provided. We invite God to center us in hope, and to move us to what will be best. Then we are ready to make a decision. Ignatius is not suggesting an infallible www.nysj.org

recipe for making the best decision. For one thing, human limitations make it unlikely the evidence will ever be complete. For another, the evidence is not always unanimous or conclusive. The mind may tell us everything that is welling up in the imagination and the heart is fantasy. The heart and imagination may rebel against everything the mind counsels as conceding to timidity. Sometimes patiently sitting in the embrace of God may resolve the tension, but at other times we can find neither clarity nor assurance when we abandon our spirit into the grasp of God. The most significant block to good decision making, however, is unevenness in the formation of the aspects of our person. Some of us rely too much on feeling. We can be deaf to any prompting of the mind that tells us our heart may be leading us astray. That will lead to imbalanced decisions. More frequently, we have well developed minds but are underdeveloped in other areas, insensitive to the movements of the imagination or numb to the leanings of the heart. Once again, our decisions will be unsound. Mind and heart and imagination need to be educated into real partnership in the spirit. That is why action depends on contemplation. Contemplation is the great

Ignatius Loyola poses a life-changing question to Francis Xavier: “What does it profit a person to gain the whole world, but lose one’s very self?”

educator. When the mind reflects on the mysteries of faith, when the imagination immerses itself in the gospel stories about Christ, when the heart reaches out to God in longing and trust, every aspect of our being becomes sensitized to the divine presence in all things. That sensitivity leads to graced perceptions, and it is the graced perceptions of mind and imagination and heart that feed the spirit and lead to decisions that are truly of God. And that is the goal not just for Jesuits in formation, but for everyone who follows the path of Ignatius. Fr.Thomas Feely, SJ, is Assistant for Formation for the Maryland, New England and NewYork Provinces. A Holy Boldness 11


Jesuits in Formation

Ordained

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan presided at the ordination of Jesuit Fathers John Mulreany, Robert Pecoraro and Paul Rourke on June 12 in the Fordham University Church. In the photos above, Deacon Pecoraro proclaims the Gospel, Archbishop Dolan leads the congregation in the applause that expresses their approval of the The Archbishop and each priest prays silently over the three candidates, and then delivers his homily on the theme, “The candidates, and then all of the priests join in invoking the whole Church rejoices.� Holy Spirit to consecrate the new priests. 12 Summer 2010

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A Priest

The new priests concelebrate their first Mass with the Archbishop during which they distribute the Eucharist to their families: [top photo] Father John Mulreany, SJ; [middle photo] Father Robert Pecoraro, SJ; [bottom photo] Father Paul Rourke, SJ. During the coming year, Fr. The Archbishop anoints the hands of the new priests with Mulreany and Fr. Rourke will continue their studies in theology. Fr. sacred oil and then presents to each one the plate of hosts Pecoraro will serve as a pastoral associate at St. Anthony’s Parish in Oceanside, New York. and chalice of wine, symbols of the Eucharist. www.nysj.org

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Jesuits in Formation

Invited “Into Deep Water” “The challenge for the tertian is to go deeper in these experiences.”

Br. Christopher Derby, SJ The Jesuits at their tertianship center in Ireland.

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arly in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus teaches a crowd from a seat in Simon Peter’s boat. After Jesus finishes speaking, he says to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” This idea of “putting out into the deep” is critical to Tertianship, the final stage of Jesuit formation. St. Ignatius Loyola wanted his Jesuits to be tested over a long period of time, beginning with first probation, which happens in the early days of the Novitiate, leading through alternating periods of study and work, to a period of spiritual formation after theological study (and ordination, for priests) called Tertianship. In September, I came to Ireland to be one of twelve tertians in the Englishspeaking European Tertianship, based at a Jesuit spirituality center on the shore of Dublin Bay. Tertianship recapitulates cer-

tain experiences a Jesuit has already had in novitiate, such as the Spiritual Exercises in their full 30-day form and an “experiment,” an apostolic “stretch” experience. The challenge for the tertian is to go deeper in these experiences, drawing on ten or more years of life and ministry as a Jesuit. Here I want to trace four key areas where tertians are invited to go “into deep water”: community life, the Spiritual Exercises, the apostolate, and the Jesuit Constitutions. The twelve tertians and two instructors in our program come from eleven nations on four continents. Three of us are Brothers; the rest are priests. We have worked in education at all levels, in parishes and retreat centers, in vocation ministry, with Catholic young adults and with seminarians from other Christian faiths. This diversity reflects the charac-

Jesuits Manolo Hernandez, Christopher Derby and Grzegorz Jankowski at coffee break 14 Summer 2010

ter of the Society; it also makes for some lively exchanges, not to mention hilarious contortions of the English language! In the early months, we got to know one another and created a community of prayer, study, work and recreation. We exercised our talents and interests, from leading song at Mass to choosing films to watch together. We explored parts of Ireland together and cooked for one another on the weekends. We shared our cultures, too, saying grace before meals in our own languages, eating Cajun gumbo and drinking Brazilian caipirinha. We discussed the situation of the Church and the Society in our provinces and countries, noting the challenges and the hopes that we have for Jesuit life all over the world. It has been eye-opening to learn about the differences in the experience of Jesuits formed in the postCommunist world of Eastern Europe and those amid the vibrancy of the Church in countries like Zimbabwe and Brazil. The most important experience of the Tertianship is the 30-day retreat, which took place for us during Advent. In the month before, we each wrote a carefully structured autobiography. In prayer, we remembered and explored our family backgrounds, our relationships, our experiences of study and work, our path to a vocation in the Society, and our Jesuit lives. Each “chapter” of our autobiograwww.nysj.org


experiment,” a ten-week placement in an apostolic work chosen in concert with our instructors. My experiment took me to Corrymeela, an ecumenical peace and reconciliation center on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. There I joined volunteers from around the world in welcoming people engaged in all sorts of cross-cultural work, in Northern Ireland and beyond. I washed dishes, facilitated activities for young people, and organized reflection and worship for the volunteers and participants. I learned a great deal about the roots and persistence of the conflict in Northern Ireland and something about how conflict transformation and reconciliation take place. An especially moving experience was working with a group of mothers and their children who had suffered domestic violence. The volunteer team facilitated a day-long experience for these families, creating a fairy-tale in which we all became characters, played games, and offered gentle touch experiences such as face-painting and hand massage. It was a privilege to listen as the families shared what the day meant to them. Corrymeela became for these children and their moms a place of respite, where they could enjoy each other’s company and create a happy memory together. A substantive part of our Tertianship has been our prayerful study of the foundational Jesuit documents, especially the Jesuit Constitutions and their Comple-

mentary Norms, the particular law of the Society of Jesus. As an activity, studying the Jesuit “laws” might sound dull, but it has proved to be anything but. In the words of Father André de Jaer, SJ, “the Constitutions “define the identity of the Jesuit.” If the Spiritual Exercises provide the Society of Jesus with its distinctive spirit, then the Constitutions form “a body for the spirit,” to quote another Jesuit, Father Dominique Bertrand. Much of our work on these documents drew on our own experiences and reflections about Jesuit life, which we shared with one another. The text, in a sense, was as much our own Jesuit lives as the words of St. Ignatius. Many times this year, I have had to explain what I am doing and what a tertian is. To me, after quite a long time as a Jesuit, Tertianship has been an opportunity to integrate lessons about my prayer, my vows, and my work as a Jesuit, and to prepare for the future. In the short term, hopefully I have prepared myself to profess my final vows as a Jesuit. Ultimately, I have been preparing for my life as a Jesuit, readying myself to “put out into deep water” as a Jesuit Brother working in the world. Br. Christopher Derby, SJ, teaches English at Canisius High School, Buffalo.

Jesuits Christopher Derby and Lawrence Huck at Howth

Br. Christopher Derby, SJ

phy helped make us aware of God’s action in our lives, how we had encountered his love and responded to him. This autobiographical preparation formed the background against which the weeks of prayer in the Spiritual Exercises unfolded. In the Exercises, we each renewed our experience of the call of Christ to join in humble labor with him for the sake of the Kingdom of God. As we had a decade or more ago, we made an election, a choice, to follow Christ as freely and wholeheartedly as we can, with the help of God’s grace. We made that choice in the midst of praying through the mysteries of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. After a break to celebrate Christmas together, we scattered throughout Europe and beyond to undertake our “long

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Congratulations

2010 PROVINCE JUBILARIANS 75 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY Fr.Vincent M. McNally, SJ

50 Years a Jesuit

70 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY Fr. Joseph R. Spellerberg, SJ 60 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY Fr. Henry J. Bertels, SJ Fr. Joseph E. Billotti, SJ Fr. Thomas C. Blessin, SJ Br. Sebastian A. Boccabella, SJ Fr. Vincent E. Butler, SJ Fr. John P. Carriero, SJ Fr. John G. Marzolf, SJ Fr. Thomas F. McManus, SJ Fr. Donald J. Moore, SJ Fr. Ugo R. Nacciarone, SJ Fr. Thomas V. O’Connor, SJ Fr. Harold F. X. O’Donnell, SJ Fr. Peter J. Roslovich, SJ Fr. Daniel J. Sullivan, SJ Fr. Richard F. Timone, SJ 60 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD Fr. John J. Leonard, SJ Fr.Vincent T. O’Keefe, SJ Fr. Francis J. Staebell, SJ Fr. John G. Sturm, SJ 50 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD Fr. Erwin G. Beck, SJ Fr. William J. Bosch, SJ Fr. Robert H. Cousineau, SJ Fr. Alfred L. Fiorino, SJ Fr. Mallick J. Fitzpatrick, SJ Fr. Edward L. Guth, SJ Fr. Robert J. Keck, SJ Fr. Edward J. McMahon, SJ Fr. Donald J. Moore, SJ Fr. Daniel J. Mulhauser, SJ Fr. Joseph B. Neville, SJ Fr. Francis V. Rooney, SJ 25 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD Fr. James P. Croghan, SJ Fr. John S. Hagileiram, SJ Fr. Robert J. Kaslyn, SJ Fr. Donald C. Maldari, SJ Fr. Kevin P. Quinn, SJ Fr. Marc J. Roselli, SJ Fr. Edward F. Salmon, SJ Fr.Timothy S.Valentine, SJ 16 Summer 2010

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orn and baptized in Philadelphia, Father Dolan attended Chaminade High School on Long Island. From there he came to know the Jesuits at Georgetown University. In 1960, he entered the Society of Jesus at Bellarmine College in Plattsburg, NY. Going south for his Regency, he taught at Colegio San Ignacio, Puerto Rico, from 1964-67. Fr. Dolan received an M.S. in Education from Fordham in 1968 and was a student at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. From 1974 to 1990 he shared the treasure of the Spiritual Exercises at Christ the King Retreat House, Syracuse, NY, serving also as superior and director. He extended his horizons and studied under Father Anthony de Mello, SJ, during a year at the De Mello Spirituality Program in Lonavia, India. Fr. Dolan became a personal friend of Fr. de Mello and introduced him to thousands in the U.S. through retreats and workshops offered at Le Moyne College. In 1990, McQuaid Jesuit School in Rochester, NY, became Fr. Dolan’s base for countless journeys throughout the U.S., Ireland and beyond where he shared his insights into the spiritual life. Since 2007, he has been engaged in pastoral ministry on Long Island.

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orn in Ogdensburg, NY, in 1941, Father Kirby entered the Society of Jesus at Bellarmine College, Plattsburg, in 1960. As a regent, he taught history and English at Canisius High School in Buffalo. He received an M.A. in History from Syracuse University, and in 1978, earned his Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Le Moyne College, Syracuse, has been the focal point of his apostolic life from 1976 to the present where he is a Professor of Religious Studies. As founder and director of the College’s nationally recognized Values Program, he has facilitated and challenged both faculty and students in their exploration of the moral issues that face the Church and human society. In addition to making major contributions to the College through service on several boards and committees, Fr. Kirby has also faithfully attended to the needs of parishioners in various parishes in the Syracuse Diocese, most especially at Our Lady of Solace Parish near Le Moyne College. www.nysj.org


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Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ

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native of New Jersey, Father Lynch attended Bergen Catholic High School and entered the Society of Jesus in 1960 at St. Andrew on Hudson Novitiate in Poughkeepsie, NY. As a regent, he taught Latin and history at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. Fr. Lynch received his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago in 1980 and then began a very fruitful teaching career, first at Le Moyne College in Syracuse and then at Canisius College in Buffalo. In addition to his teaching, Fr. Lynch has generously taken on a variety of offices at Canisius College and in the Jesuit community. In the college, he served as chair of the Faculty Senate and chair of the Department of Religious Studies. In the community, he served first as Minister and then as Rector from 2001-07.

Rev. Stanley J. O’Konsky, SJ

National Charity in Action Award

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avier High School received national recognition for its service programs from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s 20092010 Charity and Social Service Honors program. The biennial honors program was established to recognize “charity in action” as urged by Pope Benedict XVI to the youth of our nation during his April 2008 visit to the United States. Xavier was one of six national winners in the program’s inaugural year.

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ather O’Konsky grew up in Jersey City and entered the Society after graduating from St. Peter’s Prep in 1960. After his novitiate at Bellarmine College, Plattsburg, he continued his study of philosophy at Loyola Seminary, Shrub Oak, NY. Following Regency at Fordham Prep (1966-68), he proceeded to theology studies at Woodstock College in New York City. He received an M.A. in English from Fordham University and, in 1973, an M.S. in Counseling. Fr. O’Konsky’s principal assignments have been at Fordham Prep. In addition to his regency there, he was a student counselor in 1972-73, and then a teacher of English from 1973 to the present. In addition to his ministry in the classroom, he has been frequently involved in student retreats as well as in pastoral work in nearby parishes and convents.

Eric Gonzalez ’11, Salvatore Pagano ’11, and David Pitera ’11 traveled to Washington, D.C. for a weekend of events to celebrate their award-winning video presentation of Christian Service projects of Xavier students.

Rev. Michael T. Siconolfi, SJ

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orn and baptized in Rochester, NY, Father Siconolfi graduated from McQuaid Jesuit School in 1960. He entered the Society of Jesus at Bellarmine College, Plattsburg, and, as a regent, taught English at Canisius High School in Buffalo. He holds an M.A. in English from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Syracuse University (1982). In 1977, Fr. Sicinolfi moved west and until 1999 was a professor of English at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. He also served the university there in various administrative offices including founding moderator of the crew team. Returning east in 2000, he taught English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse until 2005, and is currently a teacher of English at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. www.nysj.org

The award recipients were recognized at a Solemn Mass. In his homily, Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, spoke sincerely of the good work of these young people who witness to the presence of the Risen Christ and continue the ongoing work of the Church as led by the Holy Spirit. A Holy Boldness 17


Ignatian Spirituality in Action

Achieving Ignatian Ideals Photos: Father Fred Betti, SJ

Canisius High School students teach the skills of learning.

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or many students, the transition from middle school to high school is a tough one. Eight seventh-graders from the St. Augustine’s Scholars Program at the NativityMiguel Middle School in Buffalo understand this very well. So every other Tuesday, they are driven to Canisius High School to do something that most students would not want to do after their regular classes: learn more. The goal of the St. Peter Canisius Prep program is to give middle school students firsthand experience of what high school work is like, particularly at Canisius High School. “I want to equip [the students] with the skills that they will need to succeed at Canisius,” said Mrs. Katherine Keller, the founder of the program and a history teacher at the high school. “I want them to feel confident in their reading and writing abilities.” According to Keller, the idea for the program came to her when she learned that a former St. Augustine Scholar would not be returning to Canisius for his sophomore year. “I was disappointed to learn that it was because the school 18 Summer 2010

Mrs. Katherine Keller with Alex Sanchez and Curtis Snyder

work was too difficult,” she said, “and this inspired me to create a program for St. Augustine Scholars, like that young man, to succeed at Canisius.” Such students, however, are not your average middle school students. They don’t take this opportunity for granted, and they know that if they work hard now, they will be prepared for anything in the future. “I like that this program equips us with the tools that we need to get through high school when the time comes,” said Alex Sanchez, a student in the program. “It gets us ready,” said Ken Ngoopos, another student, “for what we’re going to go through once we get to high school.” The students are not the only ones who are grateful for Keller’s help, however. Father Edward Durkin, SJ, Director of St. Augustine’s, believes that “It is an amazing commitment from a teacher at Canisius to reach out to these kids and dedicate herself to preparing them the best she can for high school.” The program is centered on reading and writing skills, so the students read and discuss books, such as World Myths,

Gulliver’s Travels and Hiroshima. Then they write and edit papers on those books or take an occasional reading quiz. “The students are assigned one or two papers for each book they read,” said Keller. “All writing is done at Canisius in the school library, and the students are paired up with Canisius students during the writing sessions.” Fr. Durkin noted that students never tire of the work and look forward to going to Canisius every other Tuesday. “They are very proud of it,” he said. “They have a sense that they are doing something special. On the Tuesdays that they go to Canisius, I let them wear their Canisius polo shirts that Mrs. Keller gave them.” Each student even has his favorite part of the program. For Cody Canterbury, it is Julius Caesar, the play the students are currently reading; for Rayshawn Tucker, it is typing papers on the school computers. Marcus Crenshaw likes to tackle new definitions. Jacob Crawl, Majok Henry and Claudious Modi like reading novels. Sanchez likes working one-on-one with the Canisius students, and Ngoopos actually enjoys studying for the quizzes. www.nysj.org


Majok Henry and David Karambizi

Keller has her favorite part of the program, too. “The students are enthusiastic and they enjoy learning,” she said. “They walk through the halls of Canisius with pride.” If interest and enthusiasm are any indication, then the program is succeeding. According to Fr. Durkin, the students enjoy being challenged and getting a good feel for Canisius. The students agree. “It prepares me ahead of time,” said Modi, “for the greatest high school to go to.” Jesuit education stresses being “men and women for others” and working “for the greater glory of God.” In reaching out to St. Augustine’s, Canisius High School achieves both of these Ignatian ideals. “This is all Mrs. Keller,” said Fr. Durkin, “and it is underwritten by alumni gifts to Father John Sturm, SJ, a former Canisius Prefect of Discipline. He is at St. Michael’s parish now, but is still very committed to Canisius.” Keller’s enthusiasm was sparked by something that no teacher wants to hear: That a student had failed. But from that failure came an idea that will mean success for many more students. www.nysj.org

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Ignatian Spirituality in Action

Nourishing a College Community Strengthening peoples’ faiths through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Eileen C. Herbert

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hen Father Thomas Colgan, SJ, arrived at Canisius College in 2006, he introduced himself to the campus community one individual at a time. It was during those door-to-door visits that Fr. Colgan explained that he was called to the college to help enhance and strengthen peoples’ faiths through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Fr. Colgan’s passion proved infectious. He built the program from its initial eight participants to 28 faculty, staff and students who completed the Exercises last year. “The heart of the Jesuits’ mission is the promotion of faith and justice through inter-religious dialogue and a creative engagement with cultures, and that is precisely what the Spiritual Exercises accomplish,” says Fr. Colgan. “The more people who complete the Spiritual Exercises, the more likely St. Ignatius’ vision will be kept alive at Canisius.” The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life [SEEL] is offered at Canisius and allows members of the campus community to complete the Exercises with the guidance of a spiritual director over a period of eight to nine months. Fr. Colgan, along with campus Jesuits and lay people from many denominations, serve as spiritual directors for the

Fr.Thomas Colgan, SJ

Canisius community. Spiritual directors are trained to facilitate the Exercises. “Lay people, men and women who are married, who have families, doctoral degrees and diverse backgrounds, offer a huge gift,” says Fr. Colgan. “We need experts in all fields, and we don’t have Jesuits in every field here at the college. I guess what I’m saying is that we find richness in the laity of the Church.” While Father Colgan says that the Exercises are best suited for those who wish to enter into a deeper relationship with God and for those who practice personal prayer or some form of reflection, he stresses that the Exercises are open to everyone. “This experience is very Catholic

and by that I mean it is open to the whole world, because Catholics are universal,” he says. “SEEL is for people of any gender, spirituality, ethnicity or faith tradition who want to grow in their relationship with God, as they understand God.” Fr. Colgan’s ability to share these faith experiences is what he says makes his work so rewarding. “There has been a group of beautiful people who have evolved right in front of me,” he says. “Every week something happens to make me step back and think, ‘wow, this person ran into the real thing.’ It gives me great joy to be a part of this.” Eileen C. Herbert is Director of Public Relations at Canisius College. www.nysj.org


Focus on Faith

Fr. Edward Salmon, SJ

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n his Autobiography, St. Ignatius Loyola wrote of himself, As he sat [by the river Cardoner], the eyes of his understanding began to open. He beheld no vision but he saw and understood many things, spiritual as well as those concerning faith and learning. The vision that was given to Ignatius can be a gift for all who seek meaning in their lives today. For the vision of Ignatius offers a way of understanding – God; creation; ourselves; the meaning of our lives; love. Ignatius’ vision has been rather logically stated at the opening of his Spiritual Exercises in what he calls “The First Principle and Foundation.” It can be summarized this way: “We came from God’s loving heart and creative hand; the whole purpose of our existence is to get back home into the loving arms of God. God has given us all the gifts on the face of the earth as signs of God’s great love for us. Since they are gifts, we use them insofar as they help us get home to God; if, on the other hand, the gifts become gods, we let go of them.” Ignatius’ “way of seeing” is not just a matter of cold, clear logic. It is, rather, a matter of the heart. In the Spiritual Exercises we are invited to ask for the gift of “seeing” and of “understanding” God. We pray that we might discover the overwhelming truth that God loves us so deeply, and so deeply longs for us to be filled with the utter fullness of God, that God’s Word made flesh was willing to give his life for us to let us know “you are worth dying for.” What a way of seeing God, the lover! What a way of seeing ourselves, beloved! www.nysj.org

St. Ignatius Loyola: A Man of Vision Seeing ourselves as beloved stirs something so deep in us that we cannot help but say, “What can I do in return for such love?” Jesus, the Word made Flesh, responds: “Help me let others know how much God loves them just as you have come to know how much God loves you.” The vision of St. Ignatius encourages us to see that the purpose of my life is to reveal God’s love as Jesus revealed God’s love. If we are to do that, we need to grow in our knowledge and understanding of Jesus. This is St. Ignatius at the river Cardoner the gift Ignatius proposes we ask for in the Exercises: that we come tius was gifted with seeing all creation as to an intimate knowledge of Jesus for, gifts given by God to help us get home to if we come to know him, we will come God. At the end of the Exercises the eyes to love him and so will want to live our of Ignatius “saw and understood” that not lives as he lived his – loving and trusting only had God given the gifts of creation God, loving and doing for our sisters and but that God was “dwelling” in them, “laboring” in them for us. What a wonderful brothers what he did for them. It is not always easy to see and to love gift – to be able to see and to find God in our sisters and brothers as Jesus saw and all things. Planting and nurturing and deepening loved. It was not easy for Jesus. Yet, he kept going. He kept loving even when the Ignatius’ vision, his way of seeing, is what going got tough because he trusted God’s happens for novices during the Novitiate. word, he was reassured by God’s word: Reaching down into the heart and stir“You are my beloved. My favor rests on ring up again that vision is what happens you.” Like Jesus, we are invited to see for tertians during the Tertianship. But and so to trust and to be reassured that Ignatius’ vision is not just for novices and we are God’s “beloved,” that God’s favor tertians. Ignatius’ vision is for us all. rests on us. Fr. Edward Salmon, SJ, is Interim President of At the start of the Spiritual Exercises Igna- McQuaid Jesuit School in Rochester, NY. A Holy Boldness 21


From the Director’s Desk

Responding to the Call of Christ St. Ignatius Loyola opens the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises with a key meditation on Christ the King and His Call. The grace that he suggests we ask for is quite direct: “I ask Jesus our Lord that I might not be deaf to his call in my life and that I might be ready and willing to do what he wants.” What is it that our Lord wants? St. Ignatius continues: Jesus’ call goes out to all peoples, yet he specially calls each person in a particular and unique way. He makes this kind of appeal: ‘It is my will to win over the whole world, to overcome evil with good, to turn hatred aside with love, to conquer all the forces of death. Whoever wants to join me in this mission must be willing to labor with me, and so by following me in struggle and suffering may share with me in glory.’ This is the call that Jesuits have responded to for over 400 years. We hear the same call today, and we are striving to respond with generosity, courage and deep trust that we will continue in all we do to serve “the greater glory of God.” At this moment in time we are called to new and significant levels of collaboration. We Jesuits of the New York Province are collaborating with Jesuits across the U.S. in discerning our priorities for the 21st century and moving toward a realignment of provinces that will help us to achieve our goals more effectively. One step in that process is to adopt a new national Jesuit “look” through our province logos. At the top of this page you see a rendering of the seal of the Society of Jesus and the identifying name, Jesuits – along with a specific reference to the New York Province. A similar logo will identify each of the provinces in the United States.

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A Holy Boldness, along with Company magazine, have been our way of sharing with you the good works of Jesuits and our colleagues here in the New York Province and across the country. Starting this fall, the three eastern provinces of Maryland, New England and New York will collaborate in publishing a single magazine, Jesuits. This will take the place of the three magazines now being published by these provinces, as well as Company. It will bring you news items and articles of interest about the works of the Society of Jesus from Maine to Atlanta and include stories of national and international interest as well. Jesuits collaborate not only with one another but with our colleagues in ministry as well. A new group of Friends of the Jesuits is organizing a Golf Outing to take place in September. The proceeds from the outing will benefit the apostolic works of the New York Province Jesuits, with particular attention to the care and support of our elderly and infirm Jesuits. I invite you to join us! If you cannot be with us in person that day, please consider participating in the effort by making a donation. In either case, just complete and mail in the form on the next page – or contact us by phone, email or on our website. Thank you for continuing to journey with us as we strive to respond today to the call of Christ our King. Sincerely in our Lord,

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Notes from Micronesia

The Jesuits of Pohnpei

Fr. Edward Quinnan, SJ

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ohnpei, a lush island state of Micronesia, provides a home for four Jesuits. The Provincial, Father David Ciancimino, SJ, and I visited these Jesuits last February. Father Joseph Cavanagh, SJ, offered to give me a taste of Pohnpei. We drove around the west coast of the island, through several villages. We passed Catholic parishes and Protestant churches. Cav explained that the religion of the community depended on where a missionary made landfall. Cav brought me to the former PATS (Pohnpei Agricultural and Trade School). The Jesuits closed the school because of falling enrollment and growing deficits. The Society hopes that a local businessman’s plan of opening another school meets with success. After our tour, Cav gave me over to the care of Father Fran Hezel, SJ, the superior of the local community, who also directs the Micronesian Seminar. The Seminar functions as

a library, an archive, a museum and a repository of things Micronesian and Catholic. Fran has scoured the islands Fr. Edward Quinnan, SJ, on Pohnpei of Micronesia and the archives of other institutions to build Micronesia. I then joined Father David Andrus, an impressive collection of artifacts. SJ, the Episcopal Vicar of Pohnpei and The Seminar has photos of the MicroKosrae, at a deacon-training program. The deacons, candidates and their wives were preparing for a class. The Church in Pohnpei depends on deacons - all 11 parishes have deacon pastors. There are 24 deacons, 3 Jesuit priests, and one retired 88-year-old Pohnpeian diocesan priest. There are two native seminarians who could be ordained in two or three years. The Jesuits celebrate Mass and offer the sacFr. David Andrus, SJ, at the Deacon Training Program raments reserved to priests. The deacons preside at prayer nesian islands and their peoples, the Jesuservices, preach and offer leadership to its who have devoted their lives over the decades, and the transitions demanded their congregations. Fr. Andrus finds by our changing that while the people of Pohnpei hold world. Histories, priests in very high regard, they wish to letters and ac- see their sons married with children of counts fill many their own. Brother David Antonelli, SJ, took Fr. of the shelves. Fr. Ciancimino and me into the tropical Hezel and his staff have made much rain forest. We took a path carved into of their material a rock face till we were looking down available on line on a waterfall dropping into a pool. Beat www.micsem. low the waterfall, native flowers clung org. Their newest to the rock face. It was an ideal place to project involves appreciate the beauty of Pohnpei. capturing the traFr. Edward Quinnan, SJ, is Assistant to the Fr. Francis Hezel, SJ, with Ramond Sounwei at the Micronesian Seminar ditional music of Provincial for Pastoral Ministry.

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