Archive for September, 2011

British Jesuit Community Celebrates 450 Years of Service


A Jesuit community in Boscombe, Bournemouth, England is celebrating an extraordinary milestone this month: a total of 450 years of service to the church by priests and brothers in the community. The parish of Corpus Christi had originally originally intended to mark the 50thanniversary of their Parish Priest, Jesuit Father Denis Blackledge, becoming a Jesuit, but expanded to include all of the anniversaries of the Jesuit priests and brothers in Bournemouth. Fr. Blackledge, spoke with Vatican Radio, looking back on his and his confreres’ years of service to the Church.

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New Marquette President Calls for Greater Access to Higher Education

In his first official speech as Marquette University‘s 23rd president, Jesuit Father Scott Pilarz challenged the Jesuit university to provide greater access to higher education while maintaining excellence.

“For Marquette to remain authentically Marquette, access and excellence cannot be viewed as an either/or proposition, but rather a both/and situation in order to serve God’s greater glory and future generation of students,” Fr. Pilarz said.

Fr. Pilarz noted during remarks that he was the first in his family to graduate from college. Twenty-five percent of Marquette’s freshman class this year also are the first in their families to attend college, he said.

The new Marquette president praised Milwaukee and Marquette for their “authenticity and utter lack of pretension,” saying the culture here reminds him of his home state, New Jersey.

Pilarz’s long commitment to Catholic education began in his youth in New Jersey and at Camden Catholic High School, where he now serves as chair of the board. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University in 1981, the same year that he entered the Society of Jesus. As part of his Jesuit formation, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University and master’s degrees in divinity and theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He was ordained a priest in 1992.

Pilarz previously served as president of the University of Scranton from 2003 until his selection to lead Marquette. He succeeds Father Robert A. Wild, who attended and participated in Friday’s inauguration.

Jesuit Named New Director of Civiltà Cattolica

On September 8th, the Superior General of the Jesuits, Father Adolfo Nicolás formally appointed Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro the new editor of the oldest publication in Italy, Civiltà Cattolica. The new director, who is currently the superior of the Jesuit community of Via di Porta Pinciana, shall be the responsibility for the Association of Writers, which manages the journal. In October, Father Spadaro will also oversee the first book to be published in 162 year history of the magazine. Father Spadaro replaces the current director Father Gianpaolo Salvini, head of the “Civiltà Cattolica” since 1985.

Father Spadaro was ordained priest in 1996 in Catania, and completed his education in the United States. He graduated in Philosophy at the University of Messina, and completed his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he still teaches. He began writing about the “Catholic Civilization” in 1994, dealing mainly with culture and the way in which new communication technologies, from the Internet, are changing the way we live and think, and also our faith.

The internet is part of his interests: on the web he is present with a Facebook profile, and has recently taken part in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Social Communication led by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, a meeting of bloggers in the Vatican, as well to have promoted cultural initiatives linked to the world of literature and the network.

The Jesuit magazine was founded in 1850, and is the oldest of all Italian magazines still active. The wording of the magazine is defined as “College of the Catholic Writers of Civilization,” and still follows the publication rules of Pope Pius IX.

America Magazine Names Jesuit as New Publisher and President

America Press Inc. the Jesuit-sponsored magazine and web site, announced on Friday the appointment of Jesuit Father John P. Schlegel, as publisher and president. Fr. Schlegel, who recently completed 11 years as president of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, will assume his office in November.

The joining of the publisher’s role with that of the president of America Press is an early outcome of the press’s strategic planning process which will conclude in late February. As president, Schlegel succeeds Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen, who will remain America’s editor in chief. The publisher’s position has been open since the resignation of Jan Attridge, the press’s first publisher, in April.

Schlegel, a weekly reader of America, expressed enthusiasm at taking on a new ministry. “America,” he said, “is a vital national Jesuit apostolate bringing Catholic opinion to bear on the great public issues of the day. I am grateful for the opportunity to help secure and improve America’s presence in today’s new media environment.” He was buoyed in his decision, Schlegel said, “by the encouragement of brother Jesuits, friends and colleagues that America is the right challenge” for him to take on at this time.

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Ignatius Press Adds E-Books to Collection

Ignatius Press recently announced the release of more than thirty books from their collection into e-reader format. Many older Ignatius Press books are also incrementally being made available in the e-book format. These additions bring their collection of electronic books to over 300 titles available for purchase. The file formats available are .prc format for Kindle and .epub format for Nook and iPad.

A few of the additions include:

The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom, edited by Jesuit Father John Hardon. A Catholic library in miniature, a one-volume microcosm of what the Church’s great minds have thought and said since the apostolic age.

YOUCAT: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. An accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith, with a foreword by Pope Benedict XVI.

Idylls and Rambles by Jesuit Father James V. Schall. Fr. Schall writes profoundly and charmingly about people, places and things, giving a Christian perspective to the importance of little things and particular moments.

111 Questions on Islam by Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir is the result of a series of interviews with the internationally acclaimed expert on Islam who has dedicated many years to studying key themes of Islam and analyzing the possibility of coexistence between people of different faiths and cultures.