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Meet the 2013 Jesuit Jubilarians

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Collage of 2013 JubilariansMeet the 43 Jesuits from the New England Province celebrating a jubilee year—a major anniversary ranging from 25 to 80 years as ordained Catholic priests or in the Jesuit order.  Each Jesuit jubilarian has a unique history of service to the Society of Jesus, the community, and the universal Church.

The New England Province celebrated a special Mass and held a reception with the jubilarians, their friends, and family on September 21st at Boston College High School. Read more about the jubilarian celebration and Mass >

2013 New England Province Jubilarians

Click on a name below to read more about each jubilarian or scroll down to read the stories of all 2013 New England Province jubilarians.

80 Years in the Society
Fr. Joseph G. Fennell, SJ

70 Years in the Society
Fr. Francis R. Allen, SJ
Fr. Joseph F. Brennan, SJ
Fr. Richard W. Rousseau, SJ
Fr. Francis R. Ryan, SJ
Fr. Francis A. Sullivan, SJ

60 Years in the Society
Fr. Joseph A. Appleyard, SJ
Fr. Ned H. Cassem, SJ
Fr. Richard J. Clifford, SJ
Fr. Denis R. Como, SJ
Fr. Joseph D. Devlin, SJ
Fr. Charles J. Healey, SJ
Fr. Alfred J. Hicks, SJ
Fr. John J. Higgins, SJ
Fr. Kenneth J. Hughes, SJ
Fr. Earle L. Markey, SJ
Fr. William L. Mulligan, SJ
Fr. George B. Murray, SJ
Fr. Robert V. Paskey, SJ
Fr. Thomas Vallamattam, SJ

50 Years in the Society
Br. Theodore C. Bender, SJ
Fr. Charles B. Connolly, SJ
Fr. William B. Foley, SJ
Fr. Francis R. Herrmann, SJ
Fr. Arthur R. Madigan, SJ
Fr. Frederic A. Maples, SJ
Fr. Paul A. Schweitzer, SJ

25 Years in the Society
Fr. William R. Campbell, SJ
Fr. James J. Martin, SJ

60 Years in the Priesthood
Fr. William J. Richardson, SJ

50 Years in the Priesthood
Fr. Henry J. Cain, SJ
Fr. Solomon I. Sara, SJ
Fr. Martin G. Shaughnessy, SJ
Fr. Robert F. Taft, SJ

25 Years in the Priesthood
Fr. Frederick M. Enman, SJ
Fr. Gregory C. Sharkey, SJ

 

80 Years in the Society

Fr. Joseph G. Fennell, SJ Fr. Joseph G. Fennell, SJ, was born in Springfield, MA in 1911, entered the Society in 1933 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1945. He taught chemistry both at Baghdad College in Iraq for 23 years and Cranwell in Lenox, MA for 6 years. After teaching he helped out in the parishes in western Massachusetts for 10 years.  He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community. He was the first Jesuit of the New England Province to reach his 100th birthday.

70 Years in the Society

Fr. Francis R. Allen, SJ Fr. Francis R. Allen, SJ, was born in Salem, MA, entered the Society in 1943 and was ordained in 1956. After ordination, he was the prefect of discipline at Fairfield Preparatory School. He then was assigned to Boston College High School, where he was the assistant to the principal, director of admissions, and academic vice-president.  He was the assistant pastor at St. Thomas’s Church in Fairfield, CT.  He also was the minister and sub-minister at the Fairfield Jesuit Community. He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Joseph F. Brennan, SJ Fr. Joseph F. Brennan, SJ, was born in Charlestown, MA, entered the Society in 1943, and was ordained in 1956. After ordination he first taught at St. George’s College in Kingston, Jamaica. Later he taught for 30 years at St. Michael’s Seminary in Kingston.  After his time in Jamaica, he was pastor of St. Cecilia’s Church in Nassau, Bahamas. He returned to the States and did pastoral work in the Boston area.  He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community and lives with his brother Vincent, who is also a Jesuit.
Fr. Richard W. Rousseau, SJ Fr. Richard W. Rousseau, SJ, was born in South Dartmouth, MA, entered the Society in 1943 and was ordained a priest in 1954. He has taught theology at Boston College, Fairfield University and was 28 years a member of the theology department at Scranton University. He has long been interested in inter-faith dialogue. He is the director of the New England Province Oral History Program. He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Francis R. Ryan, SJ Fr. Francis R. Ryan, SJ, was born in Dorchester, MA, entered the Society in 1943, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. His three brothers were also ordained Jesuit priests. He spent over 30 years teaching at St. George’s College in Kingston Jamaica and another twenty years doing pastoral ministry in Jamaica. He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Francis A. Sullivan, SJ Fr. Francis A. Sullivan, SJ, was born in Jamaica Plain, MA, entered the Society in 1938, and was ordained in 1951. He spent 38 years as a student, a professor, and dean of theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, where he was known internationally as a scholar on ecclesiology.  After retiring from the Gregorian he taught for 18 years at Boston College.  He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.

  60 Years in the Society

Fr. Joseph A. Appleyard, SJ Fr. Joseph A. Appleyard, SJ, was born in Malden, MA, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1966. Before ordination he did doctoral studies at Harvard University and later did his theological studies in the Netherlands. For many years he taught English at Boston College.  For 11 years he was the Vice President for University Mission at Boston College. Presently he is the socius to the provincial.
Fr. Ned H. Cassem, SJ Fr. Ned H. Cassem, SJ, was born in Omaha, NE, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1970. Previous to ordination he received his Doctor of Medicine from Harvard University. For many years he was a professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Richard J. Clifford, SJ Fr. Richard J. Clifford, SJ, was born in Lewiston, ME, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1966. He did doctoral studies in Old Testament at Harvard University.  For many years he taught at Weston School of Theology (presently Boston College School of Theology and Ministry). Twice he was the Dean of the School. He is now a visiting professor of Old Testament at School of Theology and Ministry.
Fr. Denis R. Como, SJ Fr. Denis R. Como, SJ, was born in Beverly, MA, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1966. He taught in Baghdad both as a scholastic and a young priest. After the school was closed in Baghdad he taught in Egypt.  He has worked also in East Africa, China, and Jordan. For many years he worked with the Chinese Catholic community in the Boston area.  He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Joseph D. Devlin, SJ Fr. Joseph D. Devlin, SJ, was born in Boston, MA, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. He worked in the province offices and was socius to the provincial. He then was the campus minister at Dartmouth College, and later the rector at Fairfield Jesuit Community. After this assignment he worked in various pastoral ministries. He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Charles J. Healey, SJ Fr. Charles J. Healey, SJ, was born in Everett, MA, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1965. As a scholastic he taught at Baghdad College. Later on he did doctoral studies in Rome at the Gregorian. For many years he taught theology at Boston College. After Boston College he served as faculty member and dean at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA, where he is still a member of the formation faculty.
Fr. Alfred J. Hicks, SJ Fr. Alfred J. Hicks, SJ, was born in Boston, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1966. He taught mathematics in Baghdad both as a scholastic and a young priest. After the school was closed in Baghdad he taught for 25 years at Boston College High School. During his last years at BC High he was the rector. He was the first principal of the Nativity Preparatory School, Boston. He is presently involved in pastoral ministry in the Jesuit Center in Amman, Jordan.
Fr. John J. Higgins, SJ Fr. John J. Higgins, SJ, was born in Dorchester MA, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1966. He did doctoral studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He was rector at Cheverus High School, Portland, ME, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and Fairfield Jesuit Community, Fairfield, CT.  Twice he has been the socius to the provincial. He is presently minister of the Fairfield Jesuit Community.
Fr. Kenneth J. Hughes, SJ Fr. Kenneth J. Hughes, SJ, was born in Boston, MA, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1966. As a scholastic and young priest he taught at St. George’s College in Kingston Jamaica. He would later become the superior of the Jamaica Mission. Since returning to the States he has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction in the Boston area.  He is currently a member of the Peter Faber community.
Fr. Earle L. Markey, SJ Fr. Earle L. Markey, SJ, was born in West New York, NJ, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1963. He spent his early years as a priest in the Philippines and returned to become principal at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ. For many years he has worked at the College of the Holy Cross in various capacities. Presently he is Associate Director for Jesuit Relations in the Admissions Office at Holy Cross. This year he also celebrates 50 years in the priesthood.
Fr. William L. Mulligan, SJ Fr. William L. Mulligan, SJ, was born in Dorchester, MA, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1965. After ordination he taught religion for many years and was the student counselor at Boston College High School, Dorchester MA. He then was a counselor at Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, MA.  For many years he was involved in pastoral ministry.  He currently assists at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA and Jeanne Jugan Residence in Somerville, MA.
Fr. George B. Murray, SJ Fr. George B. Murray, SJ, was born in Minneapolis, MN, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1965. After ordination he received his Doctor of Medicine from Creighton University, Omaha, NE.  He was the long time Director of Psychiatric Fellowship Program at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Robert V. Paskey, SJ Fr. Robert V. Paskey, SJ, was born in Milford, MA, entered the Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1966.  He has worked in Vietnam, Kenya, Jamaica, and Alaska. He has been involved in social work, campus ministry, and retreat work. He is presently the chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Portland, ME.
Fr. Thomas Vallamattam, SJ Fr. Thomas Vallamattam, SJ, was born in Thottakara, Kerala, India, entered the Sri Lanka Province of the  Society in 1953, and was ordained in 1964. In 1973 he volunteered to work in the Jamaican mission and became a member of the New England Province in 1984. He was pastor both in Kingston and Linstead, Jamaica. He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.

50 Years in the Society

Br. Theodore C. Bender, SJ Br. Theodore C. Bender, SJ, was born in Union City, NJ, and entered the Society in 1963. He was a member of the Unites States Air Force before entering. He has worked in Zambia and Nigeria.  After returning from Africa he earned his license as a practical nurse. He worked both in New York City area and Auriesville, NY.  He is currently an assistant for the infirm Jesuits at Campion Center.
Fr. Charles B. Connolly, SJ Fr. Charles B. Connolly, SJ, was born in Arlington, MA, entered the Society in 1963, and was ordained in 1974. He has served as minister at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA; the Jesuit Urban Center, Boston; and Loyola House, also in Boston.  He has been the Director of Housing at the College of the Holy Cross, Director of Alumni at Boston College High School, and served for five years as president of Cheverus High School, Portland, ME. Currently Fr. Connolly resides at Loyola House and is working at the province offices as the director of donor relations.
Fr. William B. Foley, SJ Fr. William B. Foley, SJ, was born in Boston, entered the Society in 1963, and was ordained in 1977. He served as neonatal-perinatal fellow and staff neonatologist at Tufts Medical Center and then in Belize, Central America as Deputy Minister of Pediatric Health.  He returned and was assigned to St. Luke Catholic Medical Center and Temple Medical Center in Camden, NJ as a pediatrician, neonatologist and Camden diocese pastoral minister. He then served at the Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center. He also serves as chaplain at Campion Health Center.
Fr. Francis R. Herrmann, SJ Fr. Francis R. Herrmann, SJ, was born in the Bronx, NY, entered the Society in 1963, and was ordained in 1974. After ordination, he studied law at Boston College, receiving his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1977. He remained in Boston and worked in the public defender’s office.  He then served as rector at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. He returned to Boston as professor of law and was rector of the large Jesuit community at Saint Mary’s Hall. He is currently a professor of law at Boston College.
Fr. Arthur R. Madigan, SJ Fr. Arthur R. Madigan, SJ, was born in Ann Arbor, MI, entered the Society in 1963, and was ordained in 1977. After ordination he graduated with a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He then taught philosophy at Boston College. He has served as rector of the Jesuit community at Le Moyne University. He then returned to Boston College. He is currently the department chair and Albert J. Fitzgibbons Professor of philosophy.
Fr. Frederic A. Maples, SJ Fr. Frederic A. Maples, SJ, was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI, entered the Society in 1963, and was ordained in 1972. He spent a year in training in community organizing at Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago and worked as an organizer in the Boston area. He also was chaplain at Loyola University of Chicago’s Rome Center. Afterwards, he went on for training in analytical psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Since that time he has practiced as a Jungian analyst and spiritual director. Currently he ministers to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Littleton, NH.
Fr. Paul A. Schweitzer, SJ Fr. Paul A. Schweitzer, SJ, was born in Brooklyn, NY, entered the Society in 1963, and was ordained in 1970. Fr. Schweitzer taught math at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and at the University of Strasbourg in France. Later, he was assigned to the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. He has lived and served in Rio de Janeiro as math professor and spiritual advisor for Loyola Project for Faith and Culture and Vocation Promoter. He is currently emeritus professor of mathematics at Pontifical Catholic University and the regional ecclesiastical assistant for the Christian Life Community in Rio de Janeiro.

25 Years in the Society

Fr. William R. Campbell, SJ Fr. William R. Campbell, SJ, was born in South Weymouth, MA, entered the Society in 1988, and was ordained in 1998. After ordination he was the executive director of Nativity Preparatory School, Boston. He has worked in campus ministry at the College of the Holy Cross. After tertainship in Goa, India, he was principal at Nativity School of Worcester. He is currently president at Cheverus High School, Portland, ME.
Fr. James J. Martin, SJ Fr. James J. Martin, SJ, was born in Philadelphia, PA, entered the Society in 1988, and was ordained in 1999. For regency he worked with Jesuit Refuge Service in Kenya, then a year at America magazine. Fr. Martin studied theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), in Cambridge, MA, where he received his master’s degree in divinity (M.Div.) and his master’s in theology (Th.M.). He is the author of several books.  He is currently editor at large for America magazine.

60 Years in the Priesthood

Fr. William J. Richardson, SJ Fr. William J. Richardson, SJ, was born in Brooklyn, NY, entered the Society in 1941, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1953.  After ordination he taught philosophy at Fordham University.  He was among the first to introduce the philosophy of Martin Heidegger to the English-speaking world. He was the director of research at the Austin Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.  Afterwards, he taught philosophy at Boston College. He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.

50 Years in the Priesthood

Fr. Henry J. Cain, SJ Fr. Henry J. Cain, SJ, was born in Waltham, MA, entered the Society in 1951, and was ordained in 1963. After ordination, he taught Latin, Greek, and religion at Xavier High School in Concord, MA.  He went to Rome and became associated with the Better World Retreat Movement.  Returning to the States he worked with the Washington, D.C.  based Better World Retreat Movement. For many years he worked at Campion Center and St. Joseph Center in Charlestown, MA in retreat ministry.  He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Solomon I. Sara, SJ Fr. Solomon I. Sara, SJ, was born in Mangaish, Iraq, entered the Society in 1950, and was ordained in 1963. After ordination he did doctoral studies in linguistics at Georgetown University. He stayed at Georgetown and taught linguistics for nearly 45 years.  He was chair of the department.  He only recently stopped teaching and is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.
Fr. Martin G. Shaughnessy, SJ Fr. Martin G. Shaughnessy, SJ, was born in South Boston, MA, entered the Society in 1951, and was ordained in 1963. His first assignment after ordination was as socius to the master of novices. For over 40 years he taught theology at Fairfield Preparatory School. He was also chair of the department.  He is currently the minister of Boston College High School.
Fr. Robert F. Taft, SJ Fr. Robert F. Taft, SJ, was born in Providence, RI, entered the Society in 1949, and was ordained in 1963. As a young Jesuit he taught at Baghdad College in Iraq. He received his doctorate from the Pontifical Oriental Institute of Rome. Afterwards, he was a faculty member of the Pontifical Oriental Institute for nearly forty years. He was a past consultor for the Vatican in the Congregation of Eastern Churches. He is an internationally known scholar who has published in many languages.  He is currently a member of the Campion Center Community.

25 Years in the Priesthood

Fr. Frederick M. Enman, SJ Fr. Frederick M. Enman, SJ, was born in Worcester, MA, entered in 1978, and was ordained in 1988. Before entering, he studied law at Boston College, receiving his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1978. He has taught both at the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College. He began the Matthew 25 Ministry, which rehabilitates houses for the urban poor. He still is active in Matthew 25 and is a member of the Boston College community.
Fr. Gregory C. Sharkey, SJ Fr. Gregory C. Sharkey, SJ, was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Dartmouth College before entering the Society of Jesus in 1978 and was ordained in 1988. He earned a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from Oxford University in Oxford, England. He has spent many years teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal at both the St. Xavier School and Kathmandu University. He also has taught at Santa Clara University. He is a professor of Himalayan Culture and Religion at Kathmandu University, director of Desideri House, an intercultural learning and dialogue center, and director of the Boston College Nepal Program.

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