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Jesuit Adapts Ignatius’ Examen for a New Generation

Jesuit Father Rick Malloy Jesuit Father Rick Malloy doesn’t have to go far to get to his “mission territory:” he simply walks down the hall from where he lives in a college dorm at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. While the journey isn’t far, Fr. Malloy says it can be difficult to be noticed in the territory where he’s sent: the minds, hearts and imaginations of young adults.

As vice president for university ministries, Fr. Malloy searches for ways to get today’s young adults to be open to God’s action in their lives. He’s found that one way to get there is the short spiritual exercise made famous by St. Ignatius of Loyola: the Examen.

The Examen involves a review of one’s day, listening for where God was present and active. According to Fr. Malloy, University of Scranton students are finding the 10- to 15-minute Examen doable, transformative and comprehensible.

“St. Ignatius championed this form of prayer and counseled this was the one spiritual exercise that should never be left aside,” says Fr. Malloy. “In order to make this prayer even more accessible, I offer this description of the traditional five steps of the Examen: 1) the prayer to the Spirit for inspiration; 2) thanksgiving; 3) examination of consciousness; 4) firm resolve to improve; and 5) trust and hope for the future.”

Fr. Malloy says he is very aware that what he’s asking students to do—slow down, be attentive, be reflective—is alien to the culture in which they are immersed, with constant texting and tweeting, flashing images and video games. “The Examen can serve as an antidote to the spiritual maladies of our age,” he says.

Paralleling St. Ignatius’ five steps, Fr. Malloy has developed the five “P’s” of the Examen—presence, praise, process, penance, promise—in order to make this prayer even more accessible to young adults.

“There is no ‘proper’ way to practice the Examen,” says Fr. Malloy. “Some people like to sit in a chapel. Some turn off the radio and pray the Examen as they drive home from work. Some people pray the Examen in the shower. … However and wherever you pray the Examen, God will find you and guide you.”

To read more about Fr. Malloy’s five “P’s” of the Examen, visit the St. Anthony Messenger website.

Jesuit Named Executive Director of University of Scranton’s Jesuit Center

The University of Scranton has announced the establishment of The Jesuit Center to assist in keeping its Catholic and Jesuit character at the core of its operation. The University also announced the appointment of former Trustee, Jesuit Father Ryan J. Maher, as the founding executive director of The Jesuit Center, effective July 1, 2012. Fr. Maher currently serves as associate dean of Georgetown College, the undergraduate school of arts and sciences at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

The Jesuit Center will foster faculty and staff participation in the Jesuit higher educational mission, support faculty teaching and scholarship that advances the University’s Catholic and Jesuit character, and promote Ignatian spirituality within an interreligious context.

“The establishment of The Jesuit Center at The University of Scranton was a personal priority because our Catholic and Jesuit mission and identity is central to all that we do,” said Jesuit Father Kevin P. Quinn, University president. “Because I have so many hopes for the role that the center will play in the life of our community, I am delighted that Father Maher has agreed to join us. He is an accomplished professor and administrator and an articulate champion for the collaborative role that faculty and staff must play in maintaining the vitality of our mission.”

The executive director of The Jesuit Center will report to Jesuit Father Richard G. Malloy, Vice President for University mission and ministry, and will serve on the President’s Cabinet.

In addition to serving as associate dean, Maher is a professorial lecturer in theology and Catholic studies at Georgetown University. He previously served as the director of Catholic studies and was the founding faculty member of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service campus in Doha, Qatar. In the Middle East, he taught theology to the school’s predominantly Muslim student body.

 

Jesuit Inaugurated as 25th President of The University of Scranton

In a formal ceremony that included more than 1,800 guests, Jesuit Father Kevin Quinn was recently inaugurated as the new president of the University of Scranton.

“The University of Scranton, a Jesuit university, can and should excel in providing its students an education that is engaged, integrated and global,” Fr. Quinn said during his address. “We can do something special here. Of that I am very certain.”

Quinn, who was most recently executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and a professor of law at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., assumed the post in July.

Among attendees were college presidents and other delegates from 75 universities, and three former University of Scranton presidents: Jesuit William Byron, who served from 1975 to 1982 and is now a business professor at St. Joseph’s University; Jesuit Father Joseph McShane, who served from 1998 to 2003 and is now president of Fordham University; Jesuit Father Scott Pilarz, who served from 2003 until this summer and is now president of Marquette University.

Jesuit Father James Shea, provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, charged Quinn to shepherd the mission of Jesuit education. Fr. Quinn was then presented with the charter, presidential medallion and university mace.

In his address, he said providing greater opportunity for international study, increasing diversity on campus and expanding multicultural experiences would help students think globally.

“To deliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition … requires the integration of academic, moral and spiritual learning – the union of mind, heart and soul,” he said.

 

Jesuit Father Greg Boyle Receives University of Scranton’s Pedro Arrupe Award

Jesuit Father Greg BoyleThe University of Scranton presented its annual Pedro Arrupe, SJ, Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministries to Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, founder and chief executive officer of Homeboy Industries, on April 7.

“Fr. Boyle has compiled an admirable record of community service through his innovative work with gang-involved youth in Los Angeles. His work is a living example and inspiration of the Ignatian ideal of service,” said Jesuit Father Scott R. Pilarz, president of the University of Scranton.

In 1988, Boyle created Jobs For a Future (JFF) in an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth. Four years later, he launched Homeboy Bakery, which provided training, work experience and, above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side-by-side. The success of the bakery led him to establish additional businesses, and JFF became Homeboy Industries, an independent nonprofit organization, in 2001.

The Arrupe Award is named in honor of the late Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe, the superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983. The University of Scranton instituted the award in 1995 to further its namesake’s vision by recognizing men and women for outstanding contributions in a wide variety of Ignatian-inspired ministries. For more information, visit the University of Scranton’s website.

Jesuit Father Greg Boyle Receives University of Scranton's Pedro Arrupe Award

Jesuit Father Greg BoyleThe University of Scranton presented its annual Pedro Arrupe, SJ, Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministries to Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, founder and chief executive officer of Homeboy Industries, on April 7.

“Fr. Boyle has compiled an admirable record of community service through his innovative work with gang-involved youth in Los Angeles. His work is a living example and inspiration of the Ignatian ideal of service,” said Jesuit Father Scott R. Pilarz, president of the University of Scranton.

In 1988, Boyle created Jobs For a Future (JFF) in an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth. Four years later, he launched Homeboy Bakery, which provided training, work experience and, above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side-by-side. The success of the bakery led him to establish additional businesses, and JFF became Homeboy Industries, an independent nonprofit organization, in 2001.

The Arrupe Award is named in honor of the late Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe, the superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983. The University of Scranton instituted the award in 1995 to further its namesake’s vision by recognizing men and women for outstanding contributions in a wide variety of Ignatian-inspired ministries. For more information, visit the University of Scranton’s website.