June 15, 2016 — Jesuits are always making news, and here’s
the latest roundup of recent awards and appointments about Jesuits from around Canada
and the U.S.
Jesuit Father Charles Allen, special
assistant to the president and university chaplain at Fairfield University in
Connecticut, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from St.
Vincent’s College in Bridgeport, Connecticut, last month.
Fr. Allen has been an active member
of the St. Vincent’s community for many years as a celebrant for the
Baccalaureate Mass for college graduations and as a spiritual director for
Alumni Days of Recollection. Read
Jesuit Father Jean-Marc Biron,
provincial of the French Canada Province, accepted the Medal of the
Lieutenant-Governor for Exceptional Merit on his province’s behalf from the
Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, the Hon. J. Michel Doyon.
The award, the highest medal the office can give, was presented to the province
for humanitarian service and for service to Quebec.
Jesuit Father Frank Haig, professor emeritus of physics at
Loyola University Maryland, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Washington Academy of Sciences at its annual meeting in Washington,
D.C., on May 19.
Fr. Haig is a former president of the Washington Academy of Sciences and the
former president of Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and Le Moyne
College in Syracuse, New York. Read
Jesuit Father Francis Hezel was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Education in the
Pacific Award from the nonprofit Pacific Resources for Education and Learning,
for his extraordinary dedication to and support of education in the Pacific
Fr. Hezel has worked in Micronesia since 1963, serving as a high
school teacher and school administrator at Xavier High School; pastor; and
regional superior to the Jesuits of Micronesia. Read
Jesuit Father Antuan Ilgit, a student at
the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, has been awarded a 2016
fellowship from Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.
Fr. Ilgit will participate in a
two-week program in Europe this summer, using the conduct of the clergy in
Nazi Germany as a launching point to study ethical issues facing religious
leaders today. Read
Jesuit Father James Knapp, apastoral minister at Saint Louis
University, was honored last month with the Order of St. Louis King Award
from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
He was awarded for his service as spiritual director and assistant
professor of theology at the archdiocese’s Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and for his
work with the Courage organization, a ministry for homosexual adults and
Jesuit Father Dorian Llywelyn has been named to lead the Ignatian Center for Jesuit
Education at Santa Clara University in California. Fr. Llywelyn will begin his
appointment on August 1.
Fr. Llywelyn has previously taught
undergraduate and graduate courses in Christian spirituality, theology and
culture, and ecclesiology and ecumenism at Heythrop College at the University
of London and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Read
Jesuit Father J. Donald Monan,
former president of Boston College from 1972 to 1996, was honored recently when
Boston College High School dedicated its baseball field in his name.
The park was renamed Monan Park because of Fr. Monan’s
outstanding educational leadership, vision and commitment to the City of
Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter,
and his colleagues on the NCR staff, received first place for best news writing on an international
event from the Catholic
The team received the award for their coverage of
Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’,
on Care for Our Common Home.” Read
Father Jean-Marie Rocheleau died on May 20, 2019, in the infirmary of Richelieu. He was in his 101st year and in religious life for 84 years. He is known to host the "Radio Sacré-Cœur" programs. He dedicated himself to giving the Spiritual Exercises to religious sisters, especially in Quebec.
May 16, 2019 — This past Saturday, May 11, the Jesuit Province of Canada celebrated the priestly ordination of Adam Douglas Hincks, SJ (Canada) and Edward Dawson Penton, SJ (Canada) and 5 diaconal ordinations at Saint Paul's Basilica in Toronto.
May 16, 2019 — The Jesuit Curia in Rome has just published a set of resources entitled: “Praying with the Preferences”, which provides seven documents to enable the reader not only to pray but to enter more deeply into the journey of renewal and conversion offered by the UAP.
Father Gilles Morissette died in the evening of May 12, 2019, at the infirmary of Richelieu. He was in his 80th year and in religious life for 56 years. He devoted much of his time to spiritually accompanying people "who have been placed on his way".
May 16, 2019 — The magazines Relations and Au cœur du monde have just launched their new editions. These have us travlling to various places leading us to view the world in a critical and contemplative manner.
May 16, 2019 — From May 1 to 3, dozens of Directors of Apostolates gathered at the Villa St. Martin retreat centre in Montreal. They began to reflect about that very same question: how to start appropriating the UAP in our local Canadian contexts.