Boston College Plans Housing for Students Considering a Jesuit Vocation
February 24, 2016 — Boston College plans to open a unique
residence on campus next fall: a house for students who are exploring the
option of becoming a Jesuit.
Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, Loyola
House is expected to open in the fall of 2016.
Jesuit Father Casey Beaumier, director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit
Studies, will direct the program, and Francisco Sassetti da Mota, a Portuguese
Jesuit currently studying at the School of Theology and Ministry, will assist.
According to Fr. Beaumier, other Jesuits from Boston College will also be
involved in the program.
The program was proposed as a
way for young men studying at BC to discern whether the Jesuit lifestyle is one
that they are seriously interested in. The programming in the house will give
residents a spiritual experience that is, in certain ways, similar to a
Students living at Loyola House will be encouraged to focus
on the idea of living in a community and participating in various activities together,
such as service projects and weekly dinners.
members will also have spiritual directors to help them contemplate their
choices, as well as access to a chapel, kitchen and dining hall.
“I think having an option like Loyola House contributes in a
very positive way to the future,” said Fr. Beaumier. “We want there to be
Jesuits for the future, especially at places like BC, so it makes a great deal
of sense that we do what we can today to help promote the future work of the
Jesuits.” [Source: The
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