The Good Samaritan Club
The Good Samaritan Club (GSC) is a program of generous supporters who give specific gifts on a regular basis to the New York Province. These gifts, which range from $1,000 a month to $10 per quarter, help Jesuits to build a foundation through which they bring spiritual and material aid to the people they serve here in the United States and in the missions abroad. The regularity of these gifts enables the Province to plan future efforts. Some of our most loyal benefactors proudly call themselves GSC members and we are ever thankful for their generosity.
GSC members receive a letter every month detailing the work of Jesuits in their many apostolates. This letter keeps members informed about how their generous contributions are being put to use.
As a sign of our appreciation, GSC members receive our Annual New York Province Jesuit wall calendar each July and, three times a year, a copy of Jesuits the magazine of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. The Jesuits also remember the needs and intentions of GSC members in their Masses and prayers.
Please become a Good Samaritan Club Member!
To start your membership, please email or call the Advancement Office at 212-774-5500.
How do gifts through the GSC help?
The New York Province has its home in New York State and Northern New Jersey, but also has priests and brothers all over the world, in Africa, Asia and Micronesia, spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, and service. The GSC provides financial assistance to ministries that need it.
Among these ministries are:
*The training of seminarians, lasting an average of 10 years and often followed by several years of studies leading to higher degrees in a special field or ministry.
Novices for the New York Province spend their time in study, pastoral ministry in hospitals and in Latin America, and in prayer. It is a long period of discernment but, notes Father Joseph Lingan, rector of the province’s novitiate in Syracuse, “when they ask for vows they know what they are asking.”
*The support of missionaries and indiginous Jesuits serving in Micronesia in the Pacific, Ghana and Nigeria in West Africa, in Latin America and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).
Jesuit Father Matt Cassidy, 43, a Long Island native, spent several years ministering in a parish in Ghana. He was struck by the enthusiasm of the Catholic community there. “People worship with all their voices and bodies,” he says. The New York Province has long ministered in West Africa, so successfully that last year a separate North-West Africa Province of Jesuits was formed there. While vocations are growing and enthusiasm high, there is still need for financial support provided by the New York Province.
*Providing medical and nursing care required for elderly and infirm Jesuits.
At the Murray-Weigel Residence in the Bronx, elderly and infirm Jesuits are able to live out their years in dignity, assisted by the best care, while praying for the needs of the wider Church. Gifts through the GSC help to cover these ever growing costs.
For further details, please feel free to call the Advancement Office at 212-774-5500 or you can email the office with your information at firstname.lastname@example.org.