On a global scale, the Society of Jesus is committed to apostolic collaboration and a deep sharing of labor for the life of the Church and the transformation of the world. During an exciting time of change throughout the Northeast, Jesuit works throughout the province have responded to the calling to be more collaborative and more creative than ever.
Jesuits from northern New Jersey to Maine came together for the first time as members of the USA Northeast Province in June 2015 during two days of Province Day gatherings held at Fordham University. More than 200 Jesuits took part in group discussions, speaker panels and presentations that explored new ways to strengthen and define the Catholic, Jesuit identity in a wide range of works.
At gatherings in Boston, the Bronx, Jersey City and Worcester, Mass., 47 Jesuit social ministries leaders from Jesuit middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, parishes and service organizations discussed collaborative projects in response to a variety of justice issues.
With the creation of the Jesuit Schools Network of North America, our schools are networked within our province and with a central office in service to all 80 secondary and pre-secondary schools throughout Canada and the United States.
Eighty experts in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education participated in the International Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Spirituality (SIPEI) held in Manresa, Spain, in November 2014. The seminar explored the impact of the Spiritual Exercises on Ignatian pedagogy in shaping the future of Jesuit education throughout our global network of schools. Of the 14 participants from North America, six represented the USA Northeast Province. Thousands of educators throughout the world also joined an online dialogue focusing on the themes of conscience, competence, compassion, and commitment.
Our schools are exploring the global dimensions of Jesuit education in the 21st Century. Boston College High School’s Hyde Center for Global Education connects students with partners in Belize, China, Tanzania, and India, among other countries. These formative opportunities deepen relationships within the global network of over 1,000 Jesuit schools.
In partnership with the Ignatian Spirituality Project based in Chicago, Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, N.J., offers retreats for those combating homelessness and addiction. Similar retreats will also take place in Boston, in conjunction with Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. Blending elements of Ignatian spirituality and the 12-Step recovery program, these retreats create a safe space that is helping participants establish a fundamental foundation of hope, community, and healing.