Archive for May, 2010
Jesuit Father Vincent Cooke, 10 weeks away from leaving his post as president of Canisius College, doesn’t have regrets about his 17-year tenure at the helm of the private Buffalo institution.
Money has been raised. Land has been secured. Buildings have been renovated. And, topping his list of successes, student academic quality has risen.
Fr. Cooke is set to retire June 30 as the college’s 23rd president. His successor, longtime Canisius administrator and alum John Hurley, was appointed incoming president last fall by the college’s board of trustees. It marks the first time a non-clergyman will lead the college since its 1870 founding by German Jesuits.
Jesuit Father Jack Butler, the current director of vocations for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus and the director of Manresa House at Boston College has been named vice president for university mission and ministry at BC.
“Prior to coming to BC, I had worked in prison ministry with violent offenders and I never thought of higher education as a career option, but I have fallen in love with BC and the higher education apostolate,” said Fr. Butler. “I believe in this ministry, in our faith and our commitment to Jesuit, Catholic education. To help articulate and proclaim that belief is exciting to me.”
Fr. Butler, who has worked at Boston College since becoming a campus minister in 2002, succeeds Jesuit Father Joseph Appleyard, who has been named assistant and advisor to the New England provincial, Very Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ.
“I believe that Mission and Ministry can be a department that helps to set the tone for the larger University, where people are challenged to be caring, to be excited and to be free to be the people God has chosen them to be,” said Fr. Butler. “Ultimately, the goal is to become a University where, through our academics, service programs and personal reflection, men and women can find their deepest desire, which is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality.”
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Jesuit Father Bill Johnson was in the Dominican Republic when the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12. Fr. Johnson is the director for pastoral care at the Institute of Latin American Concern (ILAC) of Creighton University located just outside of Santiago. ILAC is a Catholic, Ignatian-inspired, collaborative health care and educational organization offering service-learning and immersion experience opportunities in dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, law, physical therapy and occupational therapy for undergraduate and high school students, and also to faculty-led groups, medical/surgical teams and other colleges in the rural Dominican Republic.
When the call went out for help in the days after the earthquake, Johnson answered it by offering his services as a translator and as a helper to the Creighton medical team assembled to come to Haiti to provide emergency medical care to the wounded and critically injured.
Johnson experienced another tragedy in the days that followed the earthquake when his good friend, Jim Jalovec, was killed while providing help during the Haiti relief efforts. Jalovec had phoned Johnson immediately after the earthquake in Haiti to offer the services of his helicopter in the relief efforts. Good Samaritan Hospital in Jimaní, Dominican Republic, where Johnson and Creighton University’s medical teams were working, invited Jalovec and his pilot, John Ward, to come and fly doctors and medicine into Haiti. Three days into their rescue efforts, they died when their helicopter hit a mountain on the foggy night of Feb. 4. Johnson presided at Jalovec’s funeral in Chicago and Ward’s in Ft. Myers, Fla.
In memory of Jalovec, ILAC is selling “Show Your Goodness” t-shirts to help the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. All profits will be sent to the Jesuit Refugee Service in Haiti to help children suffering from the earthquake. The shirts can be purchased by visiting the showyourgoodness.com website.
Johnson shared his reflections with nationaljesuitnews.com on his time helping at Good Samaritan hospital in the days following the earthquake. You can read his reflections and see his photos by clicking below.