The five buildings that make up the grounds are now home to an international group of 75 Jesuits, whose main apostolate is theological reflection, scholarship and research. Formerly the Weston Jesuit Community, the group includes many students and teachers from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
Last month, the Jesuits — some of them having lived in Harvard Square for 40 years ‑ moved into their new residence.
Jesuit Father Richard Roos, minister of the Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community, said the new community — built in less than a year and under budget — allows for relationships to develop more organically among the Jesuits. Prior to the move, the community was scattered throughout Harvard Square, he said, making it difficult to make connections.
Fr. Roos said the design of the property is a gentle reminder of what brings the very diverse group together. In the middle of the ring of five buildings stands a chapel, a space large enough that all in the community may celebrate Mass together.
“That is quite appropriate,” said Roos, “because the heart of our community is Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”
To hear more about the new Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community and to see what the new space looks like, please watch the video below: