Archive for March, 2010

Teaching At Risk Youth in Buffalo

Jesuit Father Edward Durkin, principal of NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo, was recently interviewed by Buffalo’s public radio station, WBFO 88.7, reporter Eileen Buckley on the school’s mission to serve at-risk youth in the city by providing them with the character, strength and skills they need to graduate from high school, attend college and become successful members of the community.

To listen to Fr. Durkin’s interview, go here.

Jesuits Help Build New Homes in Chile

The latest images from Chile, where a 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck on Feb. 27, include scenes of neighbors helping neighbors in building simple homes, known as mediaguas, to shelter up to 30,000 families who lost their homes. David Bruna, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic, has sent photos of construction spearheaded by Un Techo Para Chile (A Roof For Chile). He and another scholastic Javier Celedon, SJ, are among the many students and volunteers wielding hammers across the earthquake scarred landscapes of Chile. To see more photos, click here.

The Maryland Province Jesuits, who have a longstanding relationship with the Chilean Jesuits, have established a Chile Relief Fund to collect donations on behalf of the victims of the devastating earthquake which struck Chile on February 27. In addition, they have created a blog,, to provide updates and photos of relief efforts to help victims of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake.

Jesuit on Becoming a Priest

Jesuit Luke Hansen remembers how from a very early age he wanted to become a priest. Hansen says he realizes what a “unique calling” he has and that being a Jesuit is his deepest desire in life.

You can watch Hansen talk about becoming a priest in the video below and read his vocation story here. For more videos of Jesuits talking  about their vocational discernment, the challenges and blessings of religious life,  prayer, the vow of chastity, and other interesting topics, visit

New Rector of Santa Clara University Jesuit Community Named

Jesuit Father Michael Zampelli, a faculty member since 1998 and currently the Paul Locatelli University Professor in the department of theatre and dance, has been named rector to the Jesuit community at Santa Clara University.

As rector of the second-largest Jesuit community in the California province of Jesuits, Zampelli will serve as the religious superior for his 40 fellow Jesuits on campus. His role is to support and serve them in living their personal, communal, and apostolic lives as Jesuits. Jesuits are members of the Catholic order of priests, the Society of Jesus.

Appointed to his role by Jesuit Fr. General Adolfo Nicolás, the superior general of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Zampelli will work closely with University President Jesuit Father Michael Engh, in cultivating the Jesuit and Catholic mission of SCU.

Read more about Zampelli’s appointment here.

Cardinal Mahony to Celebrate Mass for Immigrants at Jesuit Parish in Washington, DC

Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will celebrate a Mass for Immigrants, March 21, at the Jesuit-run St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. The event coincides with the “March for America: Change Takes Courage and Faith” organized by diverse communities of faith demanding comprehensive immigration reform.

More details can be found here.