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Marquette's Basketball Chaplain Lends Jesuit Presence to Team

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Jesuit Father William Kelly has been lending his Jesuit influence to Marquette University’s men’s basketball team for 26 years as the team chaplain.

What does the role of team chaplain entail?

“Show your alums some Jesuit presence. Be available to the coaches and the team in good times and in bad. … Sacramental presence, availability, a willing ear and encouragement,” Fr. Kelly said.

“I take these losses much harder than the kids,” he said. “They have to go right back to work the next day. I have to linger with the loss and put up with all of the nitpicking that the newspapers do with why we lost.”

For more on Kelly, watch the video below.

Marquette’s Basketball Chaplain Lends Jesuit Presence to Team

Jesuit Father William Kelly Share

Jesuit Father William Kelly has been lending his Jesuit influence to Marquette University’s men’s basketball team for 26 years as the team chaplain.

What does the role of team chaplain entail?

“Show your alums some Jesuit presence. Be available to the coaches and the team in good times and in bad. … Sacramental presence, availability, a willing ear and encouragement,” Fr. Kelly said.

“I take these losses much harder than the kids,” he said. “They have to go right back to work the next day. I have to linger with the loss and put up with all of the nitpicking that the newspapers do with why we lost.”

For more on Kelly, watch the video below.

Jesuit Named Rector of Archdiocese of St. Louis Seminary

Jesuit Father John Horn

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Jesuit Father John Horn has been named the next rector and president of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury, Mo., seminary of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, effective July 1.

Fr. Horn is the co-founder of the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) at Creighton University in Omaha and has more than 30 years of experience in Catholic education, spiritual direction, pastoral ministry and administration.

He has been serving as director of program development at the IPF, which has served more than 1,300 seminarians from 140 U.S. dioceses and 24 international dioceses since its founding in 1994.

Horn’s experiences have ranged from nursing home and parish ministry to high school teaching and field education for a suicide hotline.

Many years ago, he said, he felt the call to serve diocesan priests, one of Ignatius’s original works, in seminary formation. Ignatius “desired to serve diocesan priests because he knew if you affect one priest you affected an entire parish,” Horn said. “A great love of Christ compels me to want diocesan priests to have the best possible spiritual formation.”

Horn said Ignatian spirituality “helps us taste the presence of God at work in our hearts rather than have God be an idea and [just] talk about God. It invites us into the everyday experience of God’s presence in our lives. I can’t think of anything better to teach and form seminarians than this way of knowing God.”

For more about Horn, read the St. Louis Review article.

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Jesuit Finds a Call to Service through Hispanic Outreach

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As a priest who is now totally immersed in ministry to Hispanics, Jesuit Father Shay Auerbach said that his introduction to it was “a quirk of fate.”

“I’d just received a licentiate in liturgy and knew I would be going to a parish for two years,” he said.

The parish was St. Raphael’s in Raleigh, N.C., which had seen a recent increase in Hispanics.

“We need somebody to say Mass in Spanish. Can you read the Mass in Spanish?” Fr. Auerbach remembers the pastor asking him soon after his arrival.

“That began a whole new chapter in my life,” he recalls, adding that his stay of two years he began in 1999 ended up being six and a half years. The parish had 4,000 registered families.

At St. Raphael’s he helped establish the new Hispanic community.

“It had started a year before I got there,” Auerbach said. “By the time I left the parish would have 1,300 to 1,400 Hispanics for Mass on a weekend.”

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Jesuit Named Next President of Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee

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Jesuit Father James P. Flaherty has been named the next president of Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee.

Fr. Flaherty will succeed Greg Meuler at the end of the school year.

The boy’s school, which serves primarily Hispanics, has an intensive academic program, including an extended school day, required after-school activities and mandatory study hall.

Flaherty is bilingual and worked with Latino communities in Milwaukee, as well as Berkeley, Calif., and Nogales, Mexico, where the Jesuits have a mission.

Most recently Flaherty served as rector of the Marquette Jesuit community and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Marquette. He was also associate director of campus ministry at Marquette.

“The success Nativity Jesuit Middle School has had in providing both an excellent academic background and strong character formation to its students is truly a model for urban education,” Flaherty said. “It’s also in keeping with the Jesuit traditions of excellence in education and service to the poor. I am humbled to be called to this position.”