Archive for October, 2011

School of the Heart: My Tertianship in India

Jesuit Father Tom Greene, Secretary for Social and International Ministries at the Jesuit Conference recently returned from his Tertianship in India.

For those unfamiliar, Tertianship is a step in the Jesuit’s formation process, usually to be made after ten to fifteen years after the novitiate and at the end of the Jesuit’s professional training. St Ignatius called it a ‘school of the heart’. It is a time in which the tertian deepens his own commitment to the Society and Jesus.

Fr. Greene sat down with National Jesuit News to talk about his time in India, and his desire to go deeper into the School of the Heart.

Croatian Jesuit Who Saved St. Peter’s Dome from Collapse Honored with Stamp

For the 300th birth anniversary of Jesuit Rudjer Boskovic, the Croatian and Vatican Post jointly published a postage stamp with his figure on it.

In 1742,  Boskovic was consulted, with other men of science, by Pope Benedict XIV, as to the best means of securing the stability of the dome of St. Peter’s in which a crack had been discovered. His suggestion of placing five concentric iron bands was adopted.

The dome, for which his lasting solution saved Michelangelo’s work from destruction, is featured in the stamp’s background.

The presentation was hosted on September 13th by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia, who in addition to the stamp, decided to mark the third centenary of Boskovic‟s birth also by publishing the book “Rudjer Boskovic in the Diplomatic Service of the Dubrovnik Republic” in two bilingual editions: Croatian – French and Croatian – English



Holy Cross Celebrates ‘Jesuits and Colleagues at Work’

Since its founding in 1843, Holy Cross has been faithful to its Jesuit tradition and character. Reflecting on this rich history, the Mission and Identity Committee is honoring the impact Jesuits have had on the College with a yearlong series of events based on the theme “Jesuits and Colleagues at Work.”

“The committee wanted a theme that would explore how collaboration in the apostolate between faculty, staff, administration, and students has carried out and furthered the values and mission of Ignatian education at Holy Cross,” says committee member Jesuit Father Gregory Lynch, who also serves as assistant chaplain and director of service and social justice. “The idea of ‘Jesuits and Colleagues at Work’ will address several areas that speak to the shared ministry that has been a pivotal part of our mission.”

Guest lectures, liturgies, discussions and concerts will draw upon the Jesuit influence that pervades every aspect of campus.

“By inviting various speakers and holding a multitude of events, the committee hopes the community will be inspired to a greater appreciation of Holy Cross’ Jesuit roots and a reaffirmation of the College’s Jesuit identity,” Fr. Lynch says.

The events for the fall semester, which are free and open to the public, follow.

Oct. 20
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Lecture: “Learning From and Working With Jesuits”

Charles S. (Chick) Weiss, longtime faculty member and chair of the Board of Nativity School of Worcester, will speak on lay-Jesuit collaboration and how he has come to understand his role in the sharing of this responsibility. Weiss, a member of the department of psychology since 1975, is the director of the Office of Grants and Corporate and Foundation Giving at Holy Cross.

Oct. 23
7 p.m., Mary Chapel
World Mission Sunday Mass

An opportunity to learn more about the Church’s missionary activity, with Jesuit guest homilist from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Nov. 17
4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Lecture: “Navigating Culture and Faith as Lawyers”

Greg Kalscheur, S.J., will discuss how undergraduates who are interested in the legal profession might navigate culture and faith as lawyers. Kalscheur is an associate professor at Boston College Law School.

Jesuit Discusses New Responsibilities of South Sudan

In August, Jesuit Father David Hollenbach, conducted a workshop for leaders of the Catholic community of South Sudan in the national capital of Juba and addressed South Sudan’s Parliament on the role of moral values in shaping the institutions of the World’s  newest country. In his article for America Magazine about the experience, Fr. Hollenbach reflected on the sizable Catholic population in South Sudan, and how the lengthy civil war has weakened the country’s society with the Church left as one of the few functioning bodies.

“The Catholic community in South Sudan especially shares the responsibility to help shape the life of the new country. Because of this important role, Catholic Relief Services and an association of women’s and men’s religious orders named Solidarity with South Sudan invited me to conduct a week-long workshop in August for church leaders. I was asked to speak about how the Catholic understanding of social justice and peace could contribute to the development of the new country. It was a humbling privilege. What follows sketches some of the suggestions I made, moving from the foundational principle of Catholic social thought to several more practical recommendations…”

1. The protection of the human dignity of every person, which requires active participation in the life of society, is the core responsibility in all social interactions, and protection of the most basic requirements of human dignity is the particular responsibility of the new government of South Sudan.

2. The people of South Sudan should be helped to become active citizens through civic education that teaches them how to work together for the common good of all.

3. Citizens should hold government officials accountable for using the power bestowed on them to serve the common good of all, and the capacity of citizens to hold officials accountable should be strengthened.

4. Every person is to be treated with reverence and respect, independent of ethnicity, race, or religion; tribalism is a serious threat to attaining the justice and peace that independence promises and must be resisted.

5. National unity depends on justice in the distribution of land.

6. National unity depends on justice in the distribution of the proceeds from the extraction of natural resources such as oil.

Click below to listen to an interview with Fr. Hollenbach on Radio Bakhita, the leading FM station in Juba, South Sudan.

Beatification Cause Opened for Young Jesuit Killed by Nazis

The beatification cause for Jesuit novice Tomas Munk and his father, Frantisek Munk, was opened on Sept. 27 in the Slovakian city of Bratislava.

The city’s Archbishop Stanislav Zvolensky presided at the ceremony accompanied by various bishops.

A tribunal will now examine evidence of Tomas and Frantisek’s martyrdom. Father Ondrej Gabris, the vice postulator of the cause, has submitted a list of 14 testimonies.

Born in Budapest on January 29, 1924, In the mid-1930s, Tomas began having an interest in the Catholic faith.  He was baptized in 1939 in the city of Ruzomberok, Slovakia.

In 1943, Tomas entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus, studying in Bratislava and Ruzomberok.  In the autumn of 1944, Nazi soldiers came in Ruzomberok. After several months the whole family was arrested and the Nazi eventually came to the Novitiate and took him away as a Jewish convert. According to a fellow novice, now a respected Jesuit, Tomas confided to him having prayed all night in the Novitiate chapel: “I have sacrificed my life for my nation, for its conversion and for the Church.”

Frantisek and his wife Gizela, together with their sons Tomas and Juraj, were sent to a concentration camp. They were later separated and sent on three different trains to Germany.  Tomas and his father were shot during a “death march” near Sachsenhausen on April 22, 1945.

The Catholic television station “Tv Lux” aired a special documentary on Tomas and his father to mark the opening of their cause for beatification.