Jesuit USA Newsletter

Feb 5, 2002

In This Issue

Georgetown Offers Aid, Recognition to Afghan Leader Karzai

Georgetown University presented Afghan leader Harmid Karzai with its President's Medal and announced an assortment of programs to help the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country.

Karzai, Afghanistan's interim leader, spoke at the university January 27 before he met with President Bush the next day; he urged Afghans in the Georgetown audience to return to Afghanistan, where their skills can help with reconstruction.

The university's Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service will award fellowships to officials of the Afghan government, enabling them to take courses in government, leadership, security studies, and economics.

Programs such as the Pedro Arrupe Scholarship for Peace and the Vital Voices Global Leadership Institute are also available to help, Georgetown president John J DeGioia said.

The Arrupe scholarships allow students with limited income from troubled areas of the world to attend Georgetown; the leadership institute has prepared leadership training for Afghan women. [Source: CNS. Do not repost electronically]


SLU Plans National Ignatian Spirituality Conference

A second national conference for those who practice Ignatian spirituality will be held July 25 - 28 at Saint Louis University, one of the conference sponsors, along with the Missouri Province and the St Louis Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

"Coming to Love: A Spirituality of Relationship," will feature presentations that address Ignatian spirituality in everyday life, adaptations of the Exercises for various cultural settings, and the interplay of past and future in sharing Ignatian spirituality.

Keynote speakers include David Fleming SJ, a writer and speaker on Ignatian spirituality, Paul Duckro PhD, a psychologist and professor at Saint Louis University, and Marian Cowan CSJ, a spiritual director and artist from St Louis.

Panel presentations will look at the Spiritual Exercises in light of today's issues. Allan Figueroa Deck SJ, active in Hispanic ministry in California, and Timothy Muldoon PhD, chairperson of the department of religious studies, philosophy, and theology at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania, will address cultural diversity and Generation X.

Small group workshops will allow participants to share experiences in Ignatian spirituality and network with others.

Jim Hug SJ, executive director of the Center for Concern, and Trileigh Tucker PhD, codirector of ecological studies at Seattle University, will consider social justice and the environment.

The cost is $150 (before July 1). For registration information, call Saint Louis University's Office of Mission and Ministry at (314) 977-2509 or visit the event's website at [Source: Saint Louis University]


Loyola Chicago Receives Gift for Education of Jesuit Graduate Students

The Jesuit First Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago, in which Jesuit scholastics and brothers do graduate studies in philosophy and theology, has received a $2 million gift from the Chicago Province.

Loyola is one of only three universities nationwide where Jesuits in training complete a three-year graduate program requiring two years of philosophy and a year of theological studies. Loyola's program currently serves 39 Jesuit graduate students who are beginning their studies for future ministry in the Church and, for most of them, ordination as priests.

The gift will also benefit Loyola's philosophy and theology departments in educating the overall student body in the Jesuit tradition. The funds will be used to support a number of initiatives, such as the hiring of new faculty to strengthen the educational and formational values of the Jesuit First Studies Program and supplementing the program with seminars, lectures, and visiting professors.

In addition to gift from the province, Loyola's Jesuit community will contribute the interest from its visiting professor fund, currently endowed at $2 million, to the philosophy and theology departments for five years. [Source: Chicago Province]


Catholics Today more Focused on Evangelism, Cardinal Dulles Says

The gulf between Catholics and evangelical Protestants is not as wide as it used to be, according to Jesuit Cardinal Avery Dulles.

"In the ecumenical climate of the 20th century, Protestants and Catholics began to read one another's works more sympathetically," the cardinal said in a January address to a Washington Catholic lay organization, the John Carroll Society.

Cardinal Dulles noted that the gulf between the two faiths was strongest in the four centuries between the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council when Catholics and Protestants were "dwelling on, and sharpening [their] differences from, the other."

"Catholicism prided itself on being the church of hierarchy, sacraments, and law," whereas "Protestantism pointed to grace, the Bible, and faith as means of salvation," the cardinal said.

He noted that Catholics, "without ceasing to be Catholics," could accept aspects of evangelical Christianity.

For example, he said, they could "place their trust in the Lord Jesus as personal Savior, provided that this includes trust in the church and the sacraments as the instruments through which the Lord normally speaks to us."

Evangelicals, he said, also could benefit from "retrieving the riches of tradition, giving greater attention to doctrine, liturgy, sacraments, ecclesiastical office, and social engagement."

But he noted that evangelicalism also would "lose its specific identity if it abandoned its Protestant interpretation of the Reformation slogans: Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and Scripture alone."

So, despite what can be gained from the emphasis of each faith tradition, Catholicism and evangelicalism cannot be integrated fully, the cardinal added. "To combine the two," he said, "is like squaring the circle -- a goal that can constantly be approached but never quite attained." [Source: CNS. Do not repost electronically]


German Jesuit Provinces to Merge into One Province

Provincials of Germany, Fr Franz Mueres SJ from Northern Germany and Fr Bernd Franke SJ of Upper Germany, announced the that the two provinces would merge into one German Province by mid-2004. The new structure may offer "a good opportunity for a renewed involvement in our service in Germany," the two provincials said. [Source:]


Romania: "Do you have a place for me?"

The Jesuit Province of Romania bravely survived the long harsh years of communism. Now with a group of young Romanians in formation, Jesuits from other provinces have come to help out. In a country whose economy and social services are in ruins, this tiny province boasts an impressive calendar of social initiatives.

In Bucharest in 1991 the "Concordia" project began to assist street children. Now 390 youngsters are living in its houses and another 300 get food and other services on the streets. Founder George Sporschill SJ (Austria) says "Much has changed since 1989, but children still run after me asking, 'Do you have a place for me?'"

In Satu Mare since 1995, the association "Frères" helps orphans, street children, and families in difficulty through homes, farms, and workshops. Founder: Jean Magnan SJ (France).

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) serves thousands of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, visiting detention camps, offering basic aid, and addressing the desperate need for housing. Coordinator: Luc Duquenne SJ (South Belgium).

The Réseau Jeunesse Ignatien, involving both French and Romanian Christian students, has been working with disadvantaged youngsters since 1997. Founder: Christian Motsch SJ (France).

The project "Quadrifoglio" (four-leaf clover) of the Lega Missionaria Studenti sponsors a group home in Sighet for street children and a drop-in center for former prostitutes at Satu Mare. Director: Massimo Nevola SJ (Italy).

These projects contribute much to the Romanian Church and promise a solid basis for the Jesuit mission in Romania in the future. [Source: [email protected]]

Company Magazine carried a story on Concordia several years ago:


Ongoing Problems in Nicaragua

The Central American University in Managua (UCA), of the Society of Jesus, has recently gone through a period of turmoil caused by students' unrest. It started at the end of November when the administration announced an increase in tuition.

A small group of students who were opposed to the raise and who also wanted a change in the Statutes in order to participate in the governance of the university in a way unacceptable to the administration, occupied the buildings and closed the campus. They did not carry out their threat to burn the edifices, but the electric and telephone systems were seriously damaged. The occupations of the classrooms and the interruption of lectures will result in the annulment of the quarter's credits.

A group composed of professors, staff, and students decided to restore the academic life and forced their way into the campus. Even if the rebel students continue to cause disturbances with the use of loudspeakers, campus life has regained a rhythm somewhat close to normal.

Together with three other private universities, UCA shares with public institutions the 6 percent of the budget allocated by the government. The subsidy is allocated by UCA to the scholarship fund from which some 1,800 students benefit. Presently, there are 6,500 students and 360 professors at UCA. [Source: [email protected]]


Cardinal´s Visit to Queen of England Hailed

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor's historic visit to Queen Elizabeth II recently is a sign that anti-Catholic prejudices in England are "anachronistic," Vatican Radio said. The archbishop of Westminster, primate of the Catholic Church of England and Wales, delivered a homily in the sovereign's country residence during an Anglican morning service.

There were some 200 Catholics and Protestants present, in addition to the queen and her family. It was the first time since the Reformation that a Catholic bishop was invited by an English monarch to deliver a sermon. On the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which began January 18, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said that the royal invitation was a sign of progress on the way toward unity between the two Christian communities.

The cardinal commented on the passage in John's Gospel that refers to Christ's first miracle, the transformation of water into wine at the Wedding of Cana, and he emphasized the meaning of Mary's invitation to the servants to do whatever Christ told them.

"Important transformations in the relation between the Catholic and Anglican Churches and, more generally in society, have made this historic visit possible," Vatican Radio acknowledged.

Elizabeth II received John Paul II at Buckingham Palace in 1982. In 1995, she was the first British monarch since Henry VIII to participate in a Catholic liturgy.

According to Vatican Radio, "the last decades have revealed the growth of the role of the Catholic minority in British life. Leaders of the Conservative and Liberal-Democratic parties are Catholics, as is Tony Blair's wife. ... Today the old prejudice that considered Catholics as subjects of a foreign sovereign, the Pope, is seen as anachronistic," Vatican Radio said. [Source: Zenit]


Recent Appointments

Terrence Predergast, SJ

John Paul II has named Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Halifax as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Yarmouth. The appointment was made following the nomination of the previous bishop of Yarmouth, James Wingle, as bishop of the Diocese of St Catharine, Ontario.

Archbishop Prendergast will have all the faculties of a residential bishop during the vacancy in the diocese and will also continue with his responsibilities for the Archdiocese of Halifax. [Source: Zenit]

Jean-Marc Laporte, SJ

Father General has appointed Jean-Marc Laporte as provincial of Upper Canada. From 1975 to 1982, Jean-Marc was President of Regis College and oversaw its transfer to the University of Toronto campus and its affiliation with the Toronto School of Theology. In 1992, after teaching briefly at Hekima College, Nairobi, he was named President of the Toronto School of Theology, a post which he held until 1999 when he was appointed socius to the provincial. [Source: Arthur White SJ]


Web Links of Interest

The last issue of SJUSA News listed a link to SJWEB. It is a gateway to a lot of information that people would find helpful. Some people have experienced a bit of difficulty connecting to the address given. The following address should work for all. Once there, simply choose your language of choice.


Remembrance of Things Past


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