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Jesuit Father Richard Salmi, president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., had spent very little time in the south before his appointment in 2009. He recently spoke with the local Fox news station, where he said that at first he felt like a stranger in a strange land.
“I never saw grits until I moved here, but then I discovered shrimp and grits, which I have to say has converted me,” says Fr. Salmi, who came to Spring Hill from Loyola University Chicago. “One of the things I love about the south is just how warm and friendly people are. The city has been so welcoming.”
Fr. Salmi, originally from Cleveland, first became interested in the Jesuits at Ohio University.
“My freshman year in college was the year of the Kent State killings and the Vietnam War protests, and so it was a turbulent time for America. I had a Jesuit as an instructor at this big state school. I looked at the Jesuits and saw all the good works they were doing all over the place. I was going to save the world and certainly the Jesuits were going to help me do it,” he recalls.
Fr. Salmi made a weeklong retreat with the Jesuits to discern whether he should become a priest or join the Peace Corps. He chose the Jesuits. “ I like the idea that as a Jesuit you could be a doctor or a lawyer. You could have a profession in addition to being a priest,” Fr. Salmi says.
“Social justice has always been at the core of what we are about, and we’ve always been on the cutting edge in the cusp of justice issues,” says Fr. Salmi.
Looking toward the future for Spring Hill, Fr. Salmi says the institution needs to look at “what we are doing to enable Hispanics to come to Spring Hill and how are we going to speak out for the undocumented folks and how do we stand for the Dream Act.”
Watch the full feature on Fr. Salmi below.
Since 1847, the Jesuits and Ignatian Spirituality have both been cornerstones of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. Even with this 165-year-old tradition, many students know very little about the mission of the Society of Jesus and the Jesuits on campus. Senior James Burke set about to change that with his senior thesis video project called “Men for Others,” which introduces viewers to the Jesuits at Spring Hill.
Interviewing five Jesuits at the college–Jesuit Fathers Chris Viscardi, Marvin Kitten, Richard Salmi, Stephen Campbell and Michael Williams–the video highlights their service to Spring Hill through their varied professions of theology teacher to campus minister, president of the school to theater director. The common themes of diversity, uniqueness and individuality resonate through the interviews. But for all these Jesuits, forming and creating not only well-educated college graduates but, more importantly, men and women in service to others for the greater glory of God is their ultimate goal and purpose.
In this video, the men talk about what motivates them as individuals and what being a Jesuit means to them.
On Nov. 16, 1989, six Jesuits, along with a housekeeper and her daughter, were killed by members of the El Salvadoran military at the University of Central America Pastoral Center in San Salvador. The Jesuits had been labeled subversives by the Salvadoran government for speaking out against its oppressive socioeconomic structure.
To mark the 20th anniversary of their murders, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 761, “Remembering and commemorating the lives and work of (the Jesuit Fathers, their housekeeper and her daughter) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their deaths at the University of Central America Jose Simeon Canas in San Salvador, El Salvador.” The resolution was sponsored by Rep. James McGovern (D) of Massachusetts.
Killed in the attack were Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J., 59; Amando Lopez, S.J., 53; Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, S.J., 71; Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J., 50; Juan Ramon Moreno, S.J., 56; Segundo Montes, S.J., 56; Julia Elba Ramos, 42, the housekeeper of the Jesuit residence, and her daughter Cecilia Ramos, 15.
In remembrance of those who lost their lives, various Jesuit apostolates, including colleges, universities and parishes, are commemorating November 16th, 2009 with memorials, Masses and religious services. A list of institutions participating appear below with events listed if available. Please check back regularly as this list is ever growing.
New Spring Hill College President Discusses Financial Future, Maintaining Jesuit Identity with Mobile Alabama Press-Register
Jesuit Father Richard P. Salmi, SJ, the new president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. sat down with the local Press – Register newpaper to discuss the school’s financial future. Salmi became the school’s 38th president on June 1st. He was previously vice president of student affairs at Loyola University in Chicago. Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast, the third oldest Jesuit college and the fifth oldest Catholic college in the United States. Ranked among the top 15 Southern colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges,” its mission is to form students to become responsible leaders in service to others.