News of the Midwest Jesuits - Spring 2018

The baseball team from St. Ignatius Cleveland is excit-ed to compete in a tournament in Italy this summer.
St. Ignatius Cleveland Baseball Team to Compete in Italy

The "Baseball Cats" of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland will travel to Italy to play a four-game exhibition series with the Nettuno Baseball Club during a 10-day stay from July 19 to 28.

Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director Brad Ganor plans to take the Wildcats to a host of historical sites during the team's trip to Italy. The Baseball Cats will visit Pompeii, Rome, Vatican, Coliseum, and participate in Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Rome.

"It has been a dream of mine to take an international trip with our baseball program and that dream will become a reality when we travel to Italy in July 2018," Ganor said. "I feel my job is to coach baseball but more importantly provide opportunities for kids to create memories that will last a lifetime. I think this trip will do that."

Baseball is quite popular in Nettuno, located 40 miles south of Rome, where U.S. servicemen introduced the game in 1944 and 1945. Nettuno's team competes in the Italian Baseball League and plays in the 10,000-seat Stadio Steno Borghese.

The school's global education initiatives increasingly include international trips through the Athletic Department. Most notably, St. Ignatius rugby team traveled to Ireland in 2015, France in 2017, and will head to South Africa this April.

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Fr. Bob Brodzeller, SJ, and Carol Werner, activities direc-tor at St. Camillus senior Jesuit healthcare community.
St. Camillus Senior Jesuits Move into Their New Home

The Jesuits of the St. Camillus senior Jesuit healthcare community moved into their new community space in February, a necessary move made possible by the With Others. For Others. campaign for Senior Jesuit Healthcare.

The move into a new community space was necessitated by the historically high numbers of senior Jesuits. As the number of senior Jesuits grew, it became apparent that the old St. Camillus community would no longer be adequate to provide for current and future Jesuits in need of healthcare.

"These men are living longer and, with that, comes increased healthcare needs," says Father Brian Paulson, SJ, provincial of the USA Midwest Province. "There is a significant population of Jesuits in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. Here in the Midwest we project that we will need both the Colombiere Center in Michigan as well as St. Camillus in Milwaukee for the next 15-20 years. They will both be full or close to full."

The project broke ground on April 14, 2016, and was completed in early 2018. The Jesuits residing in the community, with the help of St. Camillus staff and volunteers, were fully moved into the new community by the end of February.

This new community is part of the $25 million capital campaign With Others. For Others. The campaign is ongoing to raise funds for the healthcare needs of current and future Jesuits. To find out more, read page 13 and visit

The 2017-18 Ignite Internship team at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio.
Internship Offers Youth Ministry, Communal Living Experience

The Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Ohio, has launched a residential internship program called the Ignite Internship, a program designed to give young adults youth ministry experience, while also providing spiritual nourishment for students around the Midwest.

The interns live together in community and serve as members of the youth ministry team, which facilitates approximately 75 retreats for about 6,000 students.

"My experience with young adults is that they want to be involved with something." says Eric Nichols, assistant director of youth ministry. "We thought that instead of offering another retreat, we should offer them a chance to serve."

During the internship program, participants live in the historic Rock House on the grounds of the Jesuit Spiritual Center. The house was renovated in 2017. Previous iterations of the program were part-time and did not include a communal living experience.

Each intern has their own private room and a community food stipend to cover all meals, as well as a personal monthly stipend, and health insurance.

"We're really looking for someone who has the desire to live their life for something more," says Stephen Poat, director of ministry. "If they have youth ministry experience or a musical talent, great, but they don't have to. They have to be looking for the 'Magis.'"

Applications for the 2018-19 year are due by April 15. To learn more about the program, visit

Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability receives their award in Vatican City.
Loyola University Chicago Textbook Wins High Honors at Vatican

Healing Earth, an online textbook from Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability, was presented with the Vatican's Expanded Reason Award for its innovative approach to answering Pope Francis' call to care for the Earth.

"We know how necessary it is to educate students as whole persons — as intellectually inquisitive, morally developing, and spiritually graced human beings," says Dr. Michael Schuck, professor of theology at Loyola. "But we also know that there are few teaching resources that can guide exploration of the scientific, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of today's environmental challenges in one textbook."

Healing Earth is a free-access online textbook in environmental science, ethics, spirituality, and action designed for upper level secondary school students, beginning college and university students, and adult learners. The award, given through a partnership between the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation and the University Francisco de Vitoria in Spain, came with the opportunity to meet the pope, participate in a two-day awards conference, and receive a €25,000 ($29,500) honorarium.

"This pope is my hero" says Dr. Nancy Tuchman, founding dean of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability. "He's not only a solid-gold ethical world leader, but he is spot-on about our need to care for our environment."

An artist's rendering of the new Cristo Rey Milwaukee location.
Cristo Rey Milwaukee Moving to Larger Facility

After three years of sustained enrollment and growth, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee is moving to a larger location. Students and faculty are expected to move into the facility in Fall of 2019.

"We have exceeded enrollment projections thanks to tremendous community support for our urban work-study model," said Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee president Andy Stith. "This new building will provide the space and amenities needed to continue providing our students with a high-quality education and we're excited about the next chapter for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee."

This new location is a part of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee's long-term strategic plan. The school is in its third year with an enrollment of 324 students and is currently located at 1215 S. 45th Street in West Milwaukee. The new building will be at 1818 W. National Avenue in Milwaukee. The school will welcome its fourth class of students in the fall of 2018 and will graduate its first class of seniors in the spring of 2019. Based on current enrollment and admissions activity, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School projects a total ongoing enrollment of 500 students. The new location is more than double the size of the school's current facility and can accommodate all the programming required for Cristo Rey's college preparatory and work-study programming.

Tim Reilly, a St. Xavier alum, has returned to his alma mater to be the new president.
New Leaders Named at Jesuit Schools and Universities

There will be many new faces at Jesuit schools and universities this coming fall as several presidential announcements were released in recent months.

In December, Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D, was announced as John Carroll University's new president, succeeding interim president Dr. Jeanne M. Colleran, Ph.D.

"The passion that the students, faculty, staff, and alumni have for John Carroll is inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this community," says Dr. Johnson.

Later that week, Tim Reilly was announced as the first lay president of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. Reilly, who is an alum (1976), parent of alums, and former board member, came to St. Xavier from St. Ignatius Loyola School in Cincinnati, where he has served as principal since 1995. He succeeded Father Timothy Howe, SJ, who was named president of Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, the Jesuit secondary school in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Then, in early January, Fr. William Verbryke, SJ, was named president of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, succeeding Fr. Jack Dennis, SJ.

"I look forward to working with the exceptional leadership team, faculty, and staff to continue Brebeuf's history of excellence," says Fr. Verbryke.

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