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Jesuit USA Newsletter

May 6, 2009

Vocation News

National Vocation Director Appointed

The Jesuit Conference has appointed Fr. Robert Ballecer SJ to the newly created position of Director of National Vocation Promotion for the Society of Jesus. Ballecer will work with the U.S. Jesuit provinces to implement the recommendations of "Weaving a New Net," a document prepared by a vocation task force to encourage the development of a coordinated effort for vocation promotion in the United States.

The text of "Weaving a New Net" is on the Jesuit Conference Website at [Oregon Province Newsletter]

New Vocation Director for Maryland and New York Provinces

Charles Frederico SJ Fr. Charles Frederico SJ has been named the new Director of Vocations for the Maryland and New York provinces. Frederico, the assistant director of campus ministry at Loyola College in Baltimore, will take over for current vocation director Br. Christopher Derby SJ on July 1. [Jesuit Vocation Newsletter]

Vocation "Commercials" on YouTube

Drew Marquard SJ, a New York Province scholastic, has begun producing mock commercials for the Society of Jesus. The commercials, like the one below titled "The Business Man," feature skits and interviews of Jesuits who share their stories about how they came to join the Jesuits.

The entire series can be viewed on Marquard's YouTube site, [Jesuit Vocation Newsletter]



Arroyo New Rector at Spring Hill

Fr. Edward (Ted) Arroyo SJ was appointed rector of the Jesuit community at Spring Hill College in Mobile. Arroyo returns to his ('67) alma mater after serving as dean at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, provincial of the New Orleans Province, rector at Loyola University in New Orleans, and founding executive director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans.

He succeeds Fr. Stephen Campbell SJ, rector since 2003. [Spring Hill College]


Fr. General Makes First Visit to Nigeria and Ghana

Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas SJ traveled to Africa in April for the first time since he was elected superior general. He spent a week in Ghana meeting with the provincials of the ten Jesuit provinces in Africa and Madagascar, then traveled to Lagos, Nigeria. He celebrated mass at St. Joseph's in Benin City and visited Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja, the first Jesuit school in Nigeria. [Nigeria Guardian]


Jesuit Documentary Broadcast in China

A documentary featuring seventeenth-century Jesuit missionary Adam Schall von Bell (1591-1666) was broadcast on Central China TV, the country's state-run television station. Documentaries on religious figures are rare in China, where Christians are a minority, and the broadcast was welcomed as a positive development.

Von Bell, a German Jesuit, made contributions to research in science and astronomy in China and also evangelized on the mainland. The 36-minute documentary also highlighted how he acted as a bridge in fostering greater understanding between Eastern and Western cultures.

The Jesuits in Asia Pacific have collected multiple articles about the documentary and Chinese response to it. [JCEAO]


Santa Clara University and Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley to Join Forces

The Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley will become the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Under the new arrangement, approved by the boards of Santa Clara University, the Jesuit School of Theology, and the U.S. Jesuit provincials, the school will remain in Berkeley but become a school of Santa Clara University.

"This partnership solidifies and fortifies SCU and JST in their shared goal of engaging in global theological study, contextual education, and justice-oriented ministry," said Michael Engh SJ, Santa Clara's president. "It will also help ensure a continued, strong Jesuit presence at SCU," he added.

For details regarding the change, visit Santa Clara University's news site. [Santa Clara University]


Xavier Leadership Center Helps Wilmington Workers Affected by Economy

Xavier University's Leadership Center is helping Wilmington, Ohio, residents who lost their jobs in the economic downturn get training to qualify for new jobs. Wilmington is home to a distribution hub for global shipping company DHL, whose more than 7,000 job cuts in November affected one of every three Wilmington households.

Bruce Miller, managing partner of Xavier's Leadership Center, worked with the state and DHL subsidiaries to access National Emergency Grant funds and make Xavier training programs available to former DHL employees. The first program, taught by Xavier professor Tim Kloppenborg, prepares trainees to be certified as Project Management Professionals, and the Leadership Center is discussing other programs with DHL that will support the skills employees need in today's market. [Xavier University]


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