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Jesuit USA Newsletter

April 10, 2008

Jesuits End General Congregation, Approve Decrees

The Jesuit's 35th General Congregation concluded two months of work by approving five decrees, including one on obedience, and a separate document reaffirming the Jesuits' allegiance to the pope and fidelity to church teaching.

When the delegates met with Pope Benedict XVI in late February, he asked the Jesuits to continue to be pioneers in dialogue, theological research, and work for justice, but insisted that they also must make clear their faith and their acceptance of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The congregation approved formal decrees focused on the Jesuit mission in the modern world, Jesuit identity, collaboration with those outside the Jesuits, internal governance, and obedience to superiors as well as to the pope.

In addition to the five decrees, the congregation approved a formal declaration titled "With New Fervor and Dynamism, the Society of Jesus Responds to the Call of Benedict XVI." Said new superior general Adolfo Nicolįs, SJ, "The Society of Jesus was born within the church, we live in the church, we were approved by the church and we serve the church. This is our vocation." [Source: CNS 3/07/08]


Jesuit Researchers Meet in India

Jesuit Research Scholars from all over India held their biennial meeting at St Aloysius College in Mangalore, India, this February. Twenty Jesuits from various Indian colleges were gathered for the meeting, which was inaugurated by Prof. Patrick Tauro, an eminent scientist and director of Mangalore Biotech Company. The theme of the meeting was "Science and Students."

Dr. Tauro praised the Jesuit scholars for their commitment to research and teaching, and at the same time said that much more has to be done to enthuse young boys and girls to take up science degree programs and thus prepare young scientists to do fundamental research. [Source: The Mangalorean, 2/25/08]


Jesuit Artist Honors Singer

Br. Jerry Pryor, SJ, recently completed a portrait of opera singer Salvatore Licitra. Licitra replaced Luciano Pavarotti when the late tenor cancelled at the Metropolitan Opera, and after that replaced him a number of other times all over the world. Licitra's brother took the painting to the family home in Switzerland, since it was the singer's first portrait. Pryor then received word that the painting was well received and that it "went very well with the furniture!!" Jerry also has a permanent exhibit of his artwork in a hallway of the Colombiere Center Jesuit Community residence. [Source: John Moriconi, SJ]


Around the Campuses

LeMoyne College: New President

On March 31, LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, introduced Fred Pestello as its 13th president. He will be the school's first non-Jesuit president in its 62-year history.

Pestello will assume the presidency on July 1, taking over from John Smarrelli Jr., LeMoyne's interim president since last May. Pestello's selection followed a nine-month national search. The 55-year-old Pestello has been provost at the University of Dayton in Ohio since 2001. [Source: AP, 3/31/08]

Philabundance Seeks the Expertise of SJU Students

This spring, Saint Joseph's University food marketing students in Marty Meloche's service learning course are developing a business plan for Philabundance, the second-largest food bank in the United States. Serving 100,000 people weekly, Philabundance is struggling to keep up with community demand.

Meloche, associate professor of food marketing, has worked with Philabundance over the past year to brainstorm solutions to the food bank's mounting needs. Together they developed a business model that the students will expand upon and implement through their course work.

Their model will have the feel of a mobile retail site and will be placed strategically throughout Philadelphia. Students will be responsible for establishing sites where the hungry can redeem credits and food stamps, and have a declining balance to buy food and other essentials. They hope to take the plan to investors for funding by fall 2008.

Note on Wall Shuts St. Peter's College

Students and faculty members were evacuated from the campus of St. Peter's College in Jersey City for about two hours on Wednesday, February 20, after officials discovered a handwritten note taped to a hallway wall. A spokesperson said the note referred to the massacre at Virginia Tech.

It frightened school officials enough to close down the campus immediately, said Lorraine McConnell, the spokesperson for the college, which has about 3,000 students. The police declared the buildings safe to re-enter around 3 o'clock the same day.

Thomas Comey, the Jersey City police chief, said that they chose to "err on the side of caution" and ordered an evacuation of all the buildings on campus.

The threat came at a time of heightened security on college campuses in the wake of a series of school shootings, including the one earlier in February on the campus at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. [Source: New York Times, 2/21/08]

Tax Assistance from Xavier Students

Xavier University accounting students are helping tax returns for low income and elderly taxpayers as well as students on Monday evenings through April 14.

The students are offering free basic Federal and State income tax assistance to the Xavier, Norwood, Evanston, and Avondale communities through the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). For information or to set up an appointment, call (513) 745-3236.

Le Moyne Dedicates Sculpture of Ignatius

Le Moyne College dedicated a commissioned sculpture of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, this March.

The sculpture, titled "St. Ignatius Loyola: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted," was commissioned by the Class of 2006 through their senior class gift campaign, by Fred Picardi '51 who matched the dollars raised by the seniors, and by the Le Moyne Jesuit Community.

Artist John Collier, who created the piece, is an award-winning sculptor who created the Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. [Source: Le Moyne College]

Gonzaga University President to Leave Post

Father Robert J. Spitzer, SJ, president of Gonzaga University, announced March 17 that he plans to leave his position in July 2009. Fr Spitzer, a graduate of Gonzaga, has been its president for the past 10 years, overseeing growth in the university's facilities, enrollment, fundraising, technology and mission programs.

"The university has made considerable progress during the past 10 years and now enjoys a momentum which will catalyze even further progress," Spitzer said. "I believe that transitions are best made during times of real advance rather than times of crisis or neutrality, and so I believe that this is an ideal time to begin the transition process." [Source: CNS]


Remembrance of Things Past


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