As all of our lives are disrupted, and in some cases endangered, by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the office of Mission and Ministry is working to provide our community with resources to sustain us through these trying times. Please check back here regularly for updates and materials that can connect our community, nourish us spiritually, and help us work in solidarity with the vulnerable and marginalized.
In your personal lives, please continue to take precautions: wash your hands a lot, refrain from touching your face, practice social distancing from others, and stay up-to-date with information from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
Finally, prayer is always something we can do during difficult times. We include this prayer that was offered by Pope Francis on March 11th, asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during this coronavirus pandemic:
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Below you can find resources from the different parts of Mission and Ministry: Office of Ignatian Identity, Retreats and Worship, and Service and Justice.
Ignatian Resources for prayer, reflection, and retreat
AMDG Podcast: A Priest Locked Down in Italy During the COVID-19 Outbreak – About two weeks ago, before Italy’s national lock down, Fr. Paddy Gilger, SJ, traveled to Milan, the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak to this point. Host Mike Jordan Laskey talks to Paddy about the mood in the city plus how we as Christians can respond to fear with compassion and hope.
Loyola Press’s 3 Minute Retreat – Self-paced, guided contemplation based on relevant themes for the day and scripture readings.
Pause for Prayer – Recorded reflections and contemplations by the Jesuits in Britain.
Pray as You Go Podcast – Daily podcast with reflection and contemplation on daily scripture readings.
Creighton University’s Online Ministries – A variety of online ministry materials including daily reflections for lent, weekly prayer guides, online retreats, etc.
Update: McQuaid Jesuit has currently put a ‘pause’ on service hours. This means that requirements are suspended for the moment. More information will follow soon.
Although many recent events and school activities have been cancelled, there were still a number of great things that took place during the Second Semester. Check out the photos below!