Archive for May, 2011

Path to Priesthood: Radmar Jao Talks with Fellow Ordinand Classmates About Upcoming Ordinations

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With Ordinations about two weeks away, Radmar sat down with fellow Ordinands Drew Kirschman and Paul Vu to talk about their experiences leading up to Ordination, and how this path to priesthood has impacted them.

As we follow Jao on his journey to ordination in June, leave a comment or ask a question here on the National Jesuit News blog, comment on YouTube or on Twitter via @AskAJesuit and he will respond in an upcoming future video diary. Check back weekly for more video diaries from Jao.

Jesuit Speaks to Chicago First Friday Club on Practical Spirituality

mcgrathJesuit Father Patrick McGrath recently addressed the First Friday Club of Chicago on the topic of Practical Spirituality in Our Contemporary Culture, during which he challenged attendees to ask themselves:

• How do we make time for reflection and prayer in the midst of our hectic lives?
• How do we construct lives of purpose and meaning?
• What principles can serve as our foundation in a fractured, fast-paced world?
• How do we incorporate practices and activities that reflect our beliefs?

“I have been formed in the Ignatian tradition, I have been formed like many of you in the vision of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th century mystic, whose gift to the Church was the Spiritual Exercises and Ignatius of Loyola knew this in his bones that God could in fact be experienced in all things, but we needed to attune ourselves to that, we needed to get molded and formed and have our vision and our views shifted of the World so that we might notice what is happening around us all the time,” commented Father McGrath.

The mission of the First Friday Club of Chicago is to provide a forum for men and women to make a connection between work, faith, values and issues that affect our daily lives.

To listen to the entire First Friday Club talk, please click

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Jesuit Refugee Service Director Reflects on Accompanying the Most Vulnerable

The Kakuma Refugee Camp on the Kenyan border of southern Sudan was founded in 1991 for approximately 25,000 former child soldiers from Sudan, often known as the “lost boys.” Within this city of refugees sits the Safe Haven, an initiative of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Currently beyond capacity, the Safe Haven serves a vulnerable population – unaccompanied women and children, many of whom are victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA director Jesuit Father Michael Evans, visited this work in March 2010, reflecting on his visit and experiences for Jesuit Refugee Service’s Voices.

“The camp is now bursting with 85,000 refugees living there, and a Kakuma II is being planned — and the JRS extended team has grown to sixteen. Along with continued pastoral care, dozens of trauma counselors have been trained over the years. However, the new work now includes a safe house for vulnerable women and children; the care of refugees with physical, mental, and emotional challenges; and outreach to those who cannot make it to the JRS Centers.”

Safe Haven in Kakuma from Jesuit Refugee Service | USA on Vimeo.

To read Father Evans’ full reflection, click here. Or to learn more about Jesuit Refugee Service, please visit their website.

Jesuit Elected New President of the College of the Holy Cross

philip_boroughsJesuit Father Philip L. Boroughs was elected the 32nd president of the College of the Holy Cross by its Board of Trustees, with his position to begin January 2012. Fr. Boroughs, currently vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University succeeds Jesuit Father Michael C. McFarland, who had announced in February that he was stepping down after 11 years. Fr. McFarland will continue as president until Fr. Boroughs arrives.

Boroughs, a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees since 2008, has been professionally involved in Jesuit higher education for 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at Gonzaga, Seattle, and Georgetown universities. He was appointed in 2003 to his current post as Georgetown’s first-ever vice president for mission and ministry, directing numerous programs for faculty, staff, students, and alumni which further Catholic and Jesuit identity.

“From my first days as a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees, the distinctive mission of Holy Cross—along with the themes of academic rigor in a liberal arts environment, the commitment to teaching and learning, the emphasis on social justice, meaning and value—have resonated with me,” Boroughs said. “It is an honor and a great privilege to have been selected to join the Holy Cross community as its next president.”

Prior to his time at Georgetown, Fr. Boroughs served as the rector of the Jesuit Community at Seattle University where he was also a faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry and an administrator (1992-2001). Previously, he taught religious studies at Gonzaga University (1989-91), served as the assistant novice director for the Oregon Province of Jesuits (1980-82), and was a parish priest at St. Leo Church in Tacoma, Wash. (1978-80). He is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the University of San Francisco.

For the full article in Georgetown’s The Hoya, click here.

Path to Priesthood: Thank You

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“I hope that these videos continue to feed your own prayer as they are actually beginning to feed mine. I am surprised how much I am actually thinking about my own path now, toward this path to priesthood, because I have to be conscience about every experience I have every day now, I’m thinking ‘okay, can I blog about this’ and it forces me to reflect on what God is doing and how God is actively working in me and through me to affect other people.”

As we follow Jao on his journey to ordination in June, leave a comment or ask a question here on the National Jesuit News blog, comment on YouTube or on Twitter via @AskAJesuit and he will respond in an upcoming future video diary. Check back weekly for more video diaries from Jao.