Meet the East Coast Jesuits to be Ordained This Year
June 1, 2017 - With great joy and gratitude to God, the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus announce that the following Jesuits in formation will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Fordham University Church in New York. The celebrant of the Mass will be the Most Reverend George Murry, SJ, Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio.
The ordination ceremony at 10:30 a.m. can be watched live by clicking here.
Fr. Rodolfo (Rudy) Casals, SJ, 42,was raised in Tarrytown, N.Y., where he attended Catholic grade school. His family later moved to Columbia, Tenn., where he went to Columbia State Community College for a year. He then accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., graduating in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a minor in Spanish. Fr. Casals began his Navy career as a surface warfare officer, later serving as the 22nd Company Officer and instructor at the Naval Academy, earning a master’s degree in leadership education in 2004. While working with midshipmen at the Naval Academy, the dream of becoming a priest, which Fr. Casals had considered when he was younger, returned. He entered the Jesuits in 2006, and as a novice, volunteered as a chaplain in various hospitals and jails. He earned a master's degree in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 2011. He taught physics for two years at Xavier High School in New York City, and was chaplain intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. After ordination, he will spend the summer serving at St. Mary of the Assumption+Our Lady of Mount Carmel+St. Benedicta Parish on Staten Island, N.Y., and in the fall, he will serve at St. Thomas More Parish in Atlanta. Fr. Casals will celebrate his first Mass as a priest at St. Mary’s Church in Yonkers, N.Y. (USA Northeast Province)
Fr. Daniel R. Corrou, SJ, 44, hails from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He first met the Jesuits as a student at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. While earning a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, Fr. Corrou was immediately taken with the Jesuits’ combination of intellectual depth and commitment to social justice. He served for two years at a Jesuit school in Micronesia with Jesuit Volunteers International (JVI) following his 1994 graduation, and after discerning his call to the priesthood through many years of lay service, he entered the Society of Jesus in 2007. As a novice, he served at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, and in Belize for several months. Missioned to Heythrop College at the University of London, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy and then studied Arabic for one year in Beirut, Lebanon, while working at a Jesuit high school. During his second year in the Middle East, he worked in campus ministry at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. By that point, Syrian refugees had started pouring into Lebanon, and Fr. Corrou spent his last year overseas working with Jesuit Refugee Service as director of their Beirut program. After ordination, Fr. Corrou will spend a year at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City. His first Mass as a priest will be celebrated at his home parish of St. Clement’s Church in Saratoga Springs. (USA Northeast Province)
Fr. Brett B. McLaughlin, SJ, 35, lived in western Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Rochester, New York, while growing up. He first started thinking about a vocation to the priesthood in eighth grade, but met the Jesuits in 2000 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where he became active in campus ministry and studied Christology. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Fr. McLaughlin fulfilled his ROTC commitment and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, serving with a intelligence unit in Southern England. The desire for a vocation was so strong that Fr. McLaughlin asked to be released from his commitment early, and when that was granted in 2006, he joined the Jesuits. As a novice, he worked as a chaplain at Georgetown University Hospital and studied Spanish in Bolivia. Missioned to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, Fr. McLaughlin earned a master’s degree in philosophy in 2011 while working with the RCIA program at Fordham and at St. Barnabas Hospital. At Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, he taught theology while assisting with the Model U.N. Club and the track and cross-country teams. After ordination, Fr. McLaughlin will be missioned to St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in New York City and hopes to continue his studies in Christology. His first Masses as a priest will take place at the College of the Holy Cross and, a week later, at St. Joseph Church in Portland, Maine. (USA Northeast Province)
Fr. Angelo J. (A.J.) Rizzo, SJ, 36, was born and raised in Philadelphia, where his parents instilled the importance of the Catholic faith in him and his five siblings, two biological and three adopted from Ethiopia. He attended Catholic schools and graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, where he met the Jesuits. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania in 2003, later returning to St. Joseph’s Prep for a year as a volunteer teacher in their Alumni Service Corps. He then moved to Baltimore and worked at Loyola Blakefield as the assistant to the chaplain and the director of Christian Service, while also earning a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland. At Blakefield, Fr. Rizzo worked with the first Jesuit he ever met when he was a student at St. Joseph’s Prep, Fr. Joe Michini, SJ, who will vest Fr. Rizzo at ordination. He entered the novitiate in 2007 and worked in campus ministry at Georgetown University, later attending Fordham University, where he received a master’s degree in humanities in 2011. Next Fr. Rizzo spent three years teaching English, religion and Latin and helping coach the mock trial team at Scranton Preparatory School, where he lived on the university campus he attended as an undergrad—this time as a Jesuit. Fr. Rizzo serves on the boards of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland. After ordination, he will do dissertation research at Loyola Blakefield and work at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore. Fr. Rizzo will celebrate his first Mass as a priest at his home parish, St. Albert the Great. (Maryland Province)
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Aug. 11, 2017 - On Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, seven Jesuit novices from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces will profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the Society of Jesus at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, N.Y.
Aug. 8, 2017 - Loyola Jesuit Center in Morristown, N.J., honored Fr. Bill Rakowicz, SJ, who has served as vice-superior for the past six years. Fr. Bill will go to Micronesia to serve as diocesan judicial vicar and live in the Jesuit community on Pohnpei.
Aug. 7, 2017 - In his August prayer video Pope Francis talks about his intention of artists. “The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation,” he explains. Click below to view his full video.
Aug. 7, 2017 — Outspoken human rights advocate, Fr. Ismael “Melo” Moreno, SJ, is currently under attack for his work defending human rights in Honduras. Read about how his brother Jesuits are rebuking these attacks.