The Society of Jesus of New England recently honored 36 Jesuits celebrating jubilees ranging from 25 to 75 years of service in the priesthood or in the Jesuit Order. At a Mass and reception held at Boston College High School, more than 400 Jesuits, family members and friends came to honor the Jubilarians.
Jesuit Father Myles N. Sheehan celebrated the Mass commemorating his Jesuit brothers who have dedicated their lives to serving the Lord.
“These special milestones offer each of us a graced opportunity to reflect on our calling, examine all that we have learned from our work, and renew our commitment to follow the example of Ignatius of Loyola in serving God’s people,” said Sheehan. “We thank the Jubilarians gathered with us today, as well as those who have gone home to God, for their faithful and generous service.”
The 34 priests and two brothers observing jubilees in 2011 have contributed to communities all over New England and have traveled the world to serve in a wide range of professional roles such as missionaries, professors and administrators in diverse locations including Iraq, Jamaica and Italy. Three Jesuits, Frs. Paul T. Lucey, Joseph H. Casey, and Fr. Louis L. Grenier celebrated 75 years in the Society and 10 Jesuits celebrated over 50 years in the priesthood. One of the Jubilarians who would be celebrating a Jubilee in 2011 has passed away.
To learn more about the 2011 Province Jubilarians, view photos and read Fr. Joseph O’Keefe’s homily from the Mass, please visit www.sjnen.org/Jubilee