“Mr. Jesuit”

I spent some time today with students at Boston College (which for a fan of Golden Gopher hockey took some doing).

Among the many interesting things I saw and heard about was a statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, variously described as Ignatius holding an invisible baby in a hurricane and, by tour guides, “Mr. Jesuit who founded Boston College.”


The trees are flowing. All around the area there are magnificent flowers. Every time I travel to the East Coast I remark on how beautiful the flowers and trees are.



I then went over to see something of nearby St. John’s Seminary and talk with some seminarians.   They have a beautiful chapel, which is going to see more renovation, which will include putting Our Lord back in the center.



Sadly, I was not able to greet the new rector (after his first full year still new, I guess), Msgr. Moroney, a fellow warrior in the translation campaigns of yore.  I hear good things about what is going on at St. John’s.  Small confirmations that the silly season really is coming to a close in most places.

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  1. disco says:

    There is a fantastic statue in Gasson Hall of st Michael doing battle with Satan.

  2. VexillaRegis says:

    Marvellous magnolias!

  3. Charivari Rob says:

    “Mr. Jesuit”?

    Now I am stuck with the image of a jar of peanuts. Someone call Fabrizio!

  4. iPadre says:

    Glad to hear Our Lord is returning to the center. He was when I studied there. After we left in 91′ he was pushed to the side. Msgr. Moroney is a good man.

  5. BaedaBenedictus says:

    As you can see from your trip to the Archdiocese of Boston, Father, there is still life in the old girl yet. Shame you didn’t have time to travel to Mary Immaculate of Lourdes parish in Newton and meet the pastor Fr. Higgins, a man after your own heart. A simple diocesan priest who went through seminary during the silly season. Not one to be discouraged, he taught himself the TLM and has turned that ordinary parish into something that resembles St. John Cantius or the Oratory. The traditional orders are great, but the Church needs renewal in the diocesan parishes too.

  6. elijah408 says:

    Unfortunately I’m still around a lot of silliness where I am studying. However, it is only making me more stronger than weaker!

  7. Aquino says:

    St Johns Seminary is a beautiful seminary and it is good that is taking a positive step. As a bostonian it is good to see the good work put into priestly formation. This is especially after all of the garbage that took place a few years back.

  8. Giuseppe says:

    Beautiful magnolia pictures. I can almost smell them. Sounds like a great trip.

  9. FrCharles says:

    Whenever I have been in that chapel, the first thought that comes to mind is, ‘let us make three tents.’

  10. marylise says:

    Yes! Bring the Tabernacle back to its rightful place of honour at the centre of the main altar. Protect the Real Presence! Stop the profanation! The poor sinner in the pew is exhausted to the point of vertigo with the futility of self-worship. Please, hierarchy, allow us to adore the King of kings and Lord of lords with reverence, solemnity and awe. Allow us to kneel. Lift the ban on holy silence. Permit us to pray deep interior prayers of love, trust and adoration, with sighs too deep for words. Give God back to us. Take Him out of the broom closet.

  11. James Joseph says:

    Msgr. Maroney is a good priest.

    Out here in Worcester we have no flowers yet and no Extraordinary Form… not for the next ten years or so anyway.

  12. JMody says:

    Boy, that Mr. Jesuit (first name Nacho?) sure got around, didn’t he? I didn’t realize BC was founded 75 years before the Plymouth Rock landings …

  13. NoraLee9 says:

    Whenever I hear of our Lord being marginalized to a side altar, I am reminded of 4 Kings 16, when King Achaz tore out Solomon’s altar and replaced it with a copy of the “Altar of Damascus.” In the Haydock Bible, Salien is quoted as saying: “…The altar of Solomon had been … solemnly consecrated by God’s presence. All changes in religion are dangerous.”

  14. Ben Trovato says:

    Sad to see that Boston College is disgracing itself by honouring Enda Kenny with a doctorate and an invitation to give the Commencement Address, when he is pushing hard to introduce abortion to Ireland, up to birth, with no conscience clauses for Catholic medics or hospitals… I dread to think what Mr Jesuit would have said to that?

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