News Detail
Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, talks with students at Regis High School in New York City about vocations.
New Vocation Video, “The Journey to a Great Life”

September 14, 2016 — Of the 44 men who entered Jesuit novitiates in the U.S. last month, 19 (or 40 percent) are Jesuit educated, a fact not lost on Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, vocation director for the Jesuits of the East Coast.

Fr. Frederico knows that the first seeds of a Jesuit vocation are often planted in Jesuit high schools and colleges, and that’s why this fall, he’s releasing a new Jesuit vocation video, specifically designed to reach young men and draw them to the Jesuits’ vocation site, www.BeAJesuit.org.

Fully 95 percent of vocation inquiries come to the Jesuits via the internet, so Fr. Frederico wanted a promotional vehicle that would resonate online, and he wanted an army of surrogates to help him spread the word. 

The six-minute video produced in tandem with Jesuit production house, Loyola Productions, is titled “The Journey to a Great Life.” It features interviews with five Jesuits preparing to be priests. Of the five, Fr. Frederico says, “They’re articulate, dynamic and they’re always ready to help promote vocations to the Society of Jesus.”

Not coincidentally, all are graduates of Jesuit high schools and colleges.

In a joint letter to Jesuit apostolates, including schools, parishes, retreat centers and other ministries, Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the Northeast Province Jesuits, and Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, provincial of the Maryland Province Jesuits, said, “The objective in disseminating this video is to not only stir the hearts of young men interested in discerning a vocation, but also to direct more traffic to our national vocation website www.BeAJesuit.org.”

The provincials asked apostolates to put the video on their websites, saying they would welcome “creative ways” to promote the piece. They’ve asked the same of the Jesuits from both provinces.

Fr. Frederico said, “The apostolates really want to help us promote vocations, and we want to help our apostolates be more active in vocation promotion. This video provides them with a tool that they can use. We really want to reach guys in their hearts and invite them to think about this life.” 





Recent News

July 10, 2018 — St. Paul’s High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has named alumnus Kevin Booth as the school’s next president, succeeding Jesuit Father Len Altilia.

July 3, 2018 — The project, headed by Fr. John Pungente, SJ, wraps up 40 years of conversation about modern media.

July 2, 2018 — The Society of Jesus is proud to announce the ordination of 27 new priests in the United States, Canada and Haiti.

June 21, 2018 — Jesuit organizations denounce the Trump Administration’s “morally repugnant” policies and practices.

June 21, 2018 — Today is the feast day of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit known for his courage in serving the sick and his dedication to the education of young students.

June 18, 2018 — Nearly 600 U.S. Catholic organizations declared that they are “still in” to support the Paris Agreement.

June 14, 2018 — Fr. Martin will speak on welcoming LGBT Catholics at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, which runs from August 21-26.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America 7/9/18

America 6/25/18

America 6/11/18



Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago
Located 80 miles north of Milwaukee, the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago welcomes men and women of all faiths to its silent preached and directed retreats.