Assignments of the Midwest Jesuits - Fall Winter 2017
Fr. Walter Deye, SJ, has been named rector of the Cincinnati Jesuit Community effective January 1, 2018. He previously served as socius of the Chicago-Detroit Province.
Fr. James Grummer, SJ, has been named superior of the Pontifical Gregorian University Jesuit Community in Rome and director of the Ignatian Spirituality Center at the Gregorian University.
Fr. James Lafontaine, SJ, of the USA Northeast Province, became superior of the Kino Jesuit Community in South Dakota on July 31, succeeding Fr. Edward Witt, SJ. Fr. Lafontaine has served as associate pastor at St. Francis Mission since 2016.
Fr. Robert Scullin, SJ, has been appointed superior of the Colombiere Center Jesuit Community in Clarkston, Michigan, succeeding Fr. John Libens, SJ. Fr. Scullin previously served as pastor of Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit.
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, has been appointed president of St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, succeeding Fr. John Hatcher, SJ. Fr. Kubicki previously served as national director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer).
Fr. Mark Carr, SJ, became principal of Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, this summer. Fr. Carr previously served as socius of the Wisconsin Province.
Fr. William Blazek, SJ, was appointed as the next US national director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer), succeeding Fr. James Kubicki, SJ.
Fr. Paul Coelho, SJ, of the Kohima Region, has returned to Kohima after serving as vocation director of the Wisconsin Province since 2011.
Br. Pat Douglas, SJ, became regional vocation director for the western part of the new USA Midwest Jesuit Province. He previously served as a regional vocation promoter.
Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ, will join the vocation team as a vocation promoter in January 2018 after completing a licentiate in sacred theology degree at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
August 21, 2018 — Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such "atrocities".
October 17, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Thomas "Tom" S. McShane, SJ, who was called to eternal life on October 16, 2018. He was eighty-nine years old, a Jesuit for seventy-one years, and a priest for fifty-eight years.
What can all happen while sharing a meal together? For Christ, it was when he gave of himself at the Last Supper; for me, it is where I realized I needed to give of myself and enter the Jesuits as well as experienced unity among diversity.