News Detail
In Sickness and in Health, Jesuit Praises and Serves God

March 7, 2014 — As a man of faith and a son of St. Ignatius, Jesuit Father Raymond Fitzgerald said the sobering news that he has Lou Gehrig’s Disease led him immediately into a spiritual reflection that, in one way or another, he has been living out for more than 30 years as a Jesuit.

“One of the fundamental things that we try to preach here in the formation of young men in the faith is something from the Spiritual Exercises called the principle and foundation – that man is created to praise, reverence and serve God,” Fr. Fitzgerald said at Jesuit High School of New Orleans, where he has served as president since 2011. “That’s why >we’re here. Whether we’re healthy or ill doesn’t enter into it. We can do those three things in any condition of our lives, and God gives us the grace to do each day what he asks of us each day.”

Fr. Fitzgerald first noticed a loss of grip strength in his hands about a year ago and pointed it out to his doctor, who prescribed a series of tests. One by one, other possible medical causes were ruled out. Last June, a neurologist made a definitive diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and another doctor concurred with the diagnosis in October.

Fr. Fitzgerald said thus far, it has not significantly impacted his schedule. He views the future as an opportunity to live out his vocation as a Jesuit.

“There are some things a 60-year-old, because he has lived that long, can do because of his wisdom and experience that a 20-year-old, however strong he might be, just couldn’t do,” he said. “So, each age and each condition gives us an opportunity to serve God, and that’s how I’m moving into a new phase of my life. But, the same basic mission is there.” [Sources: Clarion Herald, Jesuit High School]





Recent News

September 20, 2017 — Fr. Van Dyke has been named the next president of Georgetown Prep, effective July 1, 2018.

September 16, 2017 — Fr. Martin is a meaningful voice in our Church both in the United States and throughout the world.

September 15, 2017 — Sept. 17 is the feast day of Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621), a Jesuit who was one of the most important cardinals of the Catholic Reformation.

September 12, 2017 — Regan is a former provincial assistant and executive director of advancement for the New England Province Jesuits.

September 8, 2017 — Tomorrow marks the feast day of St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit missionary known as the patron saint of slaves.

September 7, 2017 — Pope Francis appointed Fr. Corcoran to the office of apostolic administrator in Kyrgyzstan.

September 5, 2017 — Jesuit Father Timothy Kesicki's letter to Dreamers after the rescission of DACA.

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 10/2/17

America 9/18/17

America 9/04/17



Ignatian Spirituality Center
The Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City offers programs in Ignatian prayer and retreats and trains lay people as spiritual directors and retreat guides.