Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mass concelebrated by Indian Jesuits at SJU on 8-24.

Dear Friends of the Jesuits:

Greetings! My friend Fr. S. Tony Raj, SJ is visiting from India and will be in Philadelphia briefly next week. Ed Plocha, from the Maryland Province Jesuits, has asked me to organize a Mass and Meet & Greet for Fr. Tony on Tuesday, August 24th, at 6:30 PM, in the Jesuit Residence Chapel at St. Joseph's University. As many of you know from my friendship with Fr. John J. Deeney, SJ the work the Jesuits perform in Jamshedpur, India is near and dear to my heart. The torch is being passed from the original transcribed Maryland Jesuits who have sowed the seeds of Catholicism in India and Fr. Tony will be our liaison between the two provinces.

Fr. Tony was in Khandamal, Orissa during the Christian persecutions two years ago and in response the Jesuits have decided to start a Vice Province in Orissa. Despite the persecutions they have been inundated with Jesuit volunteers. He has a story worth telling us. Should you be interested in attending Mass on Hawk Hill concelebrated by Fr. Tony and Fr. John Guidera, SJ, and having some light refreshments afterwards at the Carriage House, please let me know as soon as possible. I realize that August is a difficult month with vacations but I'm sure we will all be blessed by attending. I know Tony is quite anxious to make as many new friends as he can ;-)

Please let me know if you'll be attending (no regrets necessary) by e-mailing me at SJHAWK44@aol.com as I'll need an estimation for refreshments.

I look forward to seeing you on the 24th!


Thomas Brzozowski (44)

“If one part [of the body] suffers, every part suffers with it”
(1 Cor 12:26)

Gentle Jesus, you know the pain and suffering of persecution first-hand. Send your Spirit of courage and strength to all those who are suffering for their faith in You in Orissa and Jamshedpur. Grant that in the midst of all their persecution they may hold fast by this faith and that their suffering will draw them closer to You. Bring forgiveness and healing to Orissa and Jamshedpur. Grant the Peace that You alone can give. Amen.

With Jerry Cutinha, SJ and S. Tony Raj, SJ at St. Joseph's Prep, and with
John Gill at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez In Maryland last year.