May 11, 2016 — Three prominent Jesuits are among the crop of commencement speakers addressing newly minted grads at Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.
At Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia on May 7, Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, focused on the meaning and purpose of a Jesuit education.
“The Magis characterizes Jesuit education and is about how you make choices,” said Fr. Kesicki, who received a Doctorate of Humane Letters at the university's 58th commencement ceremony. “For St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, choosing the Magis was about choosing that which would accomplish the greater good and that which would be more pleasing to God. Let the Magis shape your future.
“You have all in your own way earned the admiration of St. Ignatius Loyola,” Fr. Kesicki said. (Read the full text of Fr. Kesicki's speech here.)
Fr. James Martin, SJ, bestselling author and editor-at-large of America Magazine, spoke at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, on May 8, and will also speak at the commencement ceremonies of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 14 and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, on May 21. Fr. Martin received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Gonzaga, “in tribute to his literary success in assisting thousands of people on their faith journey.”
Father James Martin, SJ, speaking at Gonzaga University’s undergraduate commencement on May 8. (Photo: Rajah Bose/Austin Ilg/Edward Bell)
Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ, principal and president of the Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya, will speak and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the undergraduate commencement at Fairfield University in Connecticut, on May 22. Between July 2009 and December 2014, he served as the provincial superior of the Eastern African Province of the Society of Jesus, an area that includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia.