Jesuits answer the call to serve our Lord, devoting their lives in ministry to serving people in schools, missions, parishes, retreat centers and other works. Many brothers and priests who labored tirelessly to make our Lord’s presence known to all, now reside at Murray-Weigel Hall, our province healthcare facility. Today, these Jesuits remain steadfast in their ministry of prayer while serving as a source of inspiration and counsel to their colleagues. Your help is now needed to assist with their care.
Through the generosity of many friends and benefactors, the rooms at Murray-Weigel Hall recently underwent necessary renovations. But our project is not complete. Ongoing work includes constructing additional handicapped accessible ramps, expansion of the dining room to include a solarium area, and enlarging an elevator to accommodate medical equipment. Please help us with these essential endeavors.
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Two Jesuits recently took on new responsibilities at Murray-Weigel. This leadership team puts into practice daily the Ignatian ideal of cura personalis – care for the individual.
In 2012, Fr. Thomas Smith, SJ, was appointed superior of Murray-Weigel Hall. He directs the pastoral and medical care of his brother Jesuits. Fr. Smith, a native of Jersey City, N.J., entered the Society in 1962 upon graduation from Saint Peter’s Prep. It was during his regency years of formation that Fr. Smith began his long service in Micronesia, teaching mathematics and social studies at Xavier High School on Chuuk and serving as dean of students. From 1975 to 1992, he served as a priest, pastor, director of schools and superior of the Jesuit community. Fr. Smith returned to New York in 1992 as assistant to the provincial and superior of the Jesuit community at Loyola Hall on Fordham’s campus. Fathers Greg Muckenhaupt, Rich McAuliff and Michael Corcoran are a few of the many Jesuits currently working in Micronesia as Fr. Smith once did.
Fr. Thomas Marciniak, SJ, is the assistant to Fr. Smith. Fr. Marciniak entered the Society in 1966 after graduating from Brooklyn Prep. He also spent many years ministering in Micronesia, teaching English at Xavier High School in Chuuk and later as pastor and superior of the Jesuit community in the Marshall Islands. Upon returning to the United States, he was director of campus ministry at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. and served in retreat ministry at Loyola Retreat House in Morristown, N.J. Today Fathers Marc Roselli, John Mulreany and William Dolan are actively engaged in work in Micronesia and Le Moyne College.
Your generosity supports Jesuits worldwide and made it possible for men like Fr. Henry Zenorini, SJ, Fr. James Fischer, SJ, and Fr. John Buckley, SJ, who now reside at Murray-Weigel Hall, to serve in our schools, missions, parishes and administrative positions in the Society.
Fr. Zenorini moved to Murray-Weigel just a few months ago. He worked as a student counselor, director of counseling and assistant dean of students at Xavier High School in Manhattan for nearly 25 years. He also served in administrative positions with the Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau. Fr. Fischer was president of Regis High School in Manhattan and McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester, N.Y. He also served as rector of the Jesuit community at Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. Fr. Buckley taught theology for many years at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City and in the Jesuit novitiate in Nigeria. We are all remembered by them as they pray for the Church and the Society. Please support them with your prayers and gifts.
Lent is a time for reflection and self-assessment. It is an opportunity to examine where we are in our prayer life. Prayer is a central component in our journey with the Lord. Through reflection and dialogue, we gain a deeper understanding of how we are called to walk with our Lord. Please know that you are our companions in our journey with the Lord and remain in our prayers throughout the Lent and Easter seasons.
Please pray for us and assist us as we care for our brothers in Christ.
Gratefully in our Lord,
Rev. James F. Keenan, S.J.
Director for Advancement
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