Jesuit USA Newsletter

Jan 21, 2002

In This Issue

Jamaican Jesuits See No Progress In Murder Investigation

Jesuits in Jamaica have seen no progress in investigations into the murder of Canadian Jesuit Fr Martin Royackers, shot to death last June.

"There are no new leads in the case," said Fr Jim Webb, the superior of the Jamaican Jesuit community.

About six weeks after the murder, Jamaican police shot and killed a man they said was a suspect in Fr Royackers' murder. But Jesuit officials believe there was no connection between the suspect and Fr Royackers.

Frs Webb and Royackers were involved in a project that sought to put unused government land into food production. In June 2000, the Jesuit office in charge of the project got a phone call threatening the two priests. The caller linked the threat to an application to release 60 acres of land for local agriculture.

In dealing with the death of Fr Royackers, Jamaica's Jesuits are sharing in the suffering of countless Jamaicans whose lives are surrounded by violence, Fr Webb said.

"While in some parts of Kingston violence is politically motivated, for the most part it is part of criminal behavior. It is difficult not to associate it in part to the level of poverty, unemployment, and disparity," he said. [Source: CNS. Do not repost electronically]


Jesuit Priests Concerned over US Treatment of Afghan Prisoners

While legitimately fighting terrorism, the United States must guarantee respect for human rights, even for suspected terrorists, two Jesuits told Vatican Radio.

In separate interviews, Italian Cardinal Roberto Tucci, former director of the radio, and Fr Pasquale Borgomeo, the radio's current director, said one of the most worrying aspects of the continuing war on terrorism was the US treatment of prisoners captured in Afghanistan.

The US government defined them as "unlawful combatants" rather than as prisoners of war with specific rights under international law and began transferring them January 10 to the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Cardinal Tucci said that if the Guantanamo Bay prisoners were going to be tried, they had a right to legal counsel, a right Amnesty International claims is being denied.

"I wouldn't want democratic countries to forget the principles which they rightly believe to be better than those followed in other countries. This is a danger at this moment," the cardinal said.

Fr Borgomeo said the battle against terrorism "is necessary, legitimate, and sacrosanct," but it is "a means, not an end. ... we see a kind of militarization of justice with this transport of Taliban prisoners to Guantanamo," he said.

What is needed, Fr Borgomeo said, "is a wider view, a more strategic view that would serve in the struggle to build peace."

Justice, he said, is not simply capturing and punishing terrorists; it also involves "shrinking the boundaries of poverty, of desperation, and of hatred that removes the not-so-remote causes of the insecurity that terrorism—in such a brutal, violent, and unexpected way—has caused us to face." [Source: CNS]


Jesuit to Fill in at EWTN for Ailing Mother Angelica

Fr Mitch Pacwa, a Jesuit who has taught at the University of Dallas and Loyola University of Chicago, will take a permanent role at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) as the fill-in for the ailing Mother Angelica, who suffered a second stroke on December 24.

Fr Pacwa said that he will take over as host of Mother Angelica's two live programs at the beginning of February. He first became involved with EWTN in 1981 and has filled in for Mother Angelica several times.

"This is pretty permanent," he said of joining EWTN. "I'll most likely be doing this for a fair amount of time."

Fr Pacwa also will be involved in developing new programs and assisting in EWTN's online services.

EWTN broadcasts 24 hours a day to more than 66 million homes in 38 countries through television, radio, and the internet. Mother Angelica, founder of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale and a sister of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration order, launched EWTN in 1981. [Source: CNS]


Nike Sponsorship of Jesuit Athletic Program Draws Criticism

As McQuaid Jesuit High in Rochester was announcing that Nike would provide sports equipment for the school's 2001-2002 basketball season, the Diocese of Rochester was gearing up for an anti-sweatshop drive.

While the school was excited, Mercy Sister Janet Korn, social justice awareness coordinator for Rochester diocesan Catholic Charities, was not.

"We're all very, very disappointed about their choice," she said, especially "in light of the efforts with all the other schools."

For more than a decade, Nike, like many other footwear companies, has been the target of criticism from human rights activists for its labor practices in such countries as Indonesia and Vietnam.

Fr Philip Judge SJ, McQuaid's principal, said Nike contacted the school in October after someone from Nike saw McQuaid athletes at a summer camp. He said Nike and McQuaid never discussed the company's labor practices. The donation includes footwear but not uniforms; Fr Judge said McQuaid did not have to agree to anything to accept the Nike donation.

The school is not saving any money on its athletic program by accepting the donation, Fr Judge said. "These are items that the kids would have bought on their own and have never been bought by the school," he added.

Fr Judge noted McQuaid incorporates Catholic social justice teaching into its curriculum. But he said the Nike agreement was seen simply as a donation to the school's athletes.

Marv Mich, co-chairman of the Rochester-area Labor Religion Coalition, said he was "surprised and disappointed." He said he presumed McQuaid officials weren't fully aware of the anti-sweatshop campaign, and added that he intended to meet with them. [Source: CNS]


Jesuit Recognized Posthumously as Chaplain of the Year

Fr William O Madden SJ was recognized posthumously by Cook County Hospital in Chicago as chaplain of the year for 2001 at a luncheon on January 8 in Chicago.

Fr Madden, who died November 9, 2001, at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan, had worked as a chaplain at Cook Country Hospital since 1981 when he developed an interest in clinical pastoral education. As a chaplain, Fr Madden provided sacraments, spiritual guidance, accompaniment, and a friendly face to patients in the trauma ward at Cook County. A good deal of his time and energy was also devoted to working with patients being held in criminal custody.

Fr Madden once said, "We minister to everyone at Cook County, not just the Catholics. Eighty to 90 percent of the patients are here because they can't afford to go anywhere else. Other hospitals can't take the poor like they used to. They can't afford to. There has to be a hospital for the poor and indigent, but that doesn't mean poor health care."

Fr John Pennington SJ, who served as a chaplain at Cook County alongside Fr Madden for seven years said, "Bill was able to find Christ in the poorest of the poor. For 20 years he got up in the middle of the night for anybody who wanted a blessing, a baptism, or a sacrament of the sick. He was very faithful to the needs of the people at the hospital." [Source: Chicago Province,]


Challenges of Multicultural Parishes

Becoming a truly multicultural church requires "much effort and ingenuity," Jesuit sociologist Fr John A Coleman said in a speech at a ministry seminar at Mundelein Seminary in the Chicago Archdiocese.

He said the ideal parish situation for new immigrant groups is not a multicultural parish, but their own ethnic parish.

Where necessity dictates multicultural parishes, the values achieved in an ethnic parish should be regarded as a model for each cultural subunit in the parish, he said. He added that multiethnic parishes "work best if there are only two or at most three ethnic groups involved."

Fr Coleman, a professor of social values at Loyola Marymount University, warned that much of what is called multiculturalism in the United States is not really multicultural integration. "Some forms may even denigrate the depths of culture and give us a superficial mush or assume that we can easily juxtapose—or even dialogue with—many cultures at one time," he said.

He cautioned against "some strategic planning going on in dioceses which would make the large, efficient multicultural parish the unique paradigm and norm of the future."

"Multiculturalism means honoring and encouraging a subcongregation that worships in its own language, finds resources to approximate a true community center as well as a worshiping congregation, and builds on its own leadership, stewardship, and ministry style," he said. [Source: CNS. Do not repost electronically]


COMECE President returns from Russia and Armenia

Bishop Josef Homeyer, President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), returned from a January visit to the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexis II and the Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church Garegin II.

Both the Patriarch and the Catholicos expressed their strong sense of belonging to Europe and their Churches’ great interest in contributing to the future shape of Europe. It is the time, said Bishop Homeyer, "to propose a common contribution, together with the Orthodox Churches, the Eastern Churches, and the Churches of the Reformation, to a Christian social ethic for the political development of Europe."

Without the voice of the Churches and the contribution of the Jewish and Islamic communities, Europe risks being unable to meet the challenge of globalization, said Bishop Homeyer. Together with the Russian Patriarch and the Armenian Catholicos, he is convinced that globalization should represent not wealth for the few, but justice for all.

This visit took place within the framework of a series of annual visits by Bishop Homeyer to the leaders of the Orthodox Churches in Sofia, Bucharest, Minsk, Athens, and Belgrade, as well as to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul.

COMECE is a commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the member states of the European Union. The Bishops’ Conferences of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland are associate members. [Source: Jesuits in Europe]


Marquette University Receives Lilly Grant

In addition to the schools that were mentioned in our last issue, Marquette University will receive $2 million from the Lilly Endowment to create the Manresa Project, a vocation discernment program for undergraduates based on Jesuit education and Ignatian principles.

The project will focus on helping students discover their vocations in whatever field they choose and decide where their talents and abilities can be best used in the service of others. [Source: Marquette University]


Recent Jesuit Appointments

New York Province

Father General has appointed Fr Gerald J Chojnacki SJ the next provincial of the New York Province; he succeeds Fr Kenneth J Gavin SJ. Fr Chojnacki is currently xecutive director of the Hispanic Lay Leadership Program and superior at Nativity Jesuit Community in New York City. [Source: New York Province]

Maryland Province

Fr Timothy B Brown SJ has been named the next provincial of the Maryland Province, and he will succeed Fr James R Stormes SJ this summer. Fr Brown is the codirector for the Center for Values and Service and an associate professor of law and social responsibilities at Loyola College.


Fr John D Whitney SJ will succeed Fr Robert B Grimm SJ as the next provincial of the Oregon Province. Fr Whitney is a religion and English teacher at Seattle Prep and superior of the Jesuit community there.

St Joseph's Prep, Philadelphia

BidingerAt the end of this academic year, Fr Bruce Bidinger SJ will succeed Fr David Sauter SJ as president of St Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia. Fr Bidinger is currently vice president for Ministry and Mission and director of campus ministry at St Joseph's University; he is also director of Jesuit Associates on the Maryland and New York Provinces' vocation team. [Source: St Joseph's Prep]


Regis University's Las Vegas Campus

When the Las Vegas, Nevada, campus of Regis University opened its doors in late August 1999, 10 students were enrolled. Today there are close to 200 students.

Another milestone for the campus was the arrival of Fr Charles Murphy SJ, who joined the staff this past fall. He came from Marquette University and brings a Jesuit presence to the campus.

Like other satellite campuses, the Las Vegas campus offers programs designed to help working adults achieve their career goals. The campus offers four graduate programs and three undergraduate programs, with a variety of degrees available in each program. [Source: Regis University Magazine]


Web Links of Interest

Blueprint for Social Justice

The December 2001 issue of Blueprint for Social Justice is now available on the web at . In the issue Peter J Henriot SJ presents Africa's challenges for the future from a perspective of hope, discerning movements in the growth of the church as family, the role of a vital civil society, and the development of women. [Source: Edward B Arroyo SJ]


Jesuit Conference Office of Social and International Ministries (JCOSIM) You can get an electronic copy of "In All Things" at The main page for this journal is: . The current issue is: A Look at Mission: Evangelization and Social Justice.


The Jesuits have designed and mounted a website that is portal or gateway to a lot of information that people would find helpful. For example, there is a searchable database of the addresses of all Jesuit communities in the world and another database of Jesuit web sites in more than nine languages. It can certainly be recommended to all. Its address, for English speakers, is: .


Historical Institute Publishes Significant Dictionary

The SJ Historical Institute has announced that jointly with the Comillas University Press, the Historical Dictionary of the Society of Jesus was published at the end of December 2001. The four-volume dictionary (4110 pages) was started in 1977, although its feasibility had been discussed during the 32nd General Congregation in 1975. Approximately 600 authors have contributed to the dictionary.

There are approximately 5637 biographical articles of Jesuits and persons important to the history of the Society. Other articles deal with significant Jesuit terminology, history of the Society in various regions, and the relationship with the popes. As a sign of gratitude for the cooperation received from the Provinces, a complementary copy of the dictionary will be offered to each province and/or region. The dictionary is in Spanish, it costs Euro 300 (plus mailing), and can be ordered from the SJ Historical Institute in Rome or from the Comillas University Press. A discount of 30 percent is available for orders made before March 1, 2002. Order from Comillas Pontifical University (<[email protected] >) or from the Historical Institute in Rome <[email protected] >.


Remembrance of Things Past


From the Editors

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