The Society of Jesus is one of the largest missionary orders in the Catholic Church, with Jesuits serving in nearly every country. Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, reminds us that whether near or far Jesuits are continuing the legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola by serving those in need and working wherever there is “hope for God’s greater glory.” At regional and international works, USA Northeast Province Jesuits and their colleagues are having a lasting impact on the lives of so many people they serve.
Nativity Preparatory School celebrated its 25th anniversary during 2014-2015. Since 1990, the Jesuit middle school of Boston has transformed the lives of young men with a tuition-free, first-class education. It is now the oldest Nativity school in the country, and one of six in the USA Northeast Province.
St Ignatius Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill, Mass., has made refugees a priority. Parishioners leading the ARRUPE (Assisting Refugee Resettlement Using Parish Energies) program are assisting refugees being resettled in the Boston area, in partnership with a resettlement agency and Catholic Charities. Last year ARRUPE served over 150 refugees.
Xavier Parish Mission in New York City, is helping individuals leave homelessness behind. The Life-Skills Training & Empowerment Program (L-STEP) is dedicated to empowering individuals who have experienced homelessness to clearly identify and pursue new paths toward more fulfilling lives. Last year the program graduated 16 individuals who had each completed 27 sessions.
Jesuits working in schools in Micronesia are serving families with great needs, with astounding results: all members of the Class of 2015 at Yap Catholic High School and Xavier High School (Chuuk) were accepted into four-year colleges in the U.S. Members of Yap Catholic High School's Class of 2015 had the highest average SAT scores in school history; Keen Sakuma, of Xavier High School's Class of 2015, received the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.
The Jesuit Center in Amman, Jordan, fosters interreligious dialogue by breaking down barriers between race, religion, ethnicity, class and culture. Over 13,000 people, including many trafficked persons, visited the Jesuit Center last year to learn more about religion and spirituality.
Jesuits in Jamaica staff a high school, a center for religious development and other ministries in service of the local church. Fr. Rohan Tulloch, SJ, pastor of St. Anne's Church in Kingston, is a native Jamaican who was inspired to become a Jesuit.