News and Updates: May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dr. Joseph Petriello, GSRRE Alumnus, named Assistant for Education in the New York Jesuit Province

Dr. Joseph A. Petriello was recently named Assistant for Pre-Secondary and Secondary Education for the New York Province of the Society of Jesus(Jesuits). He will assume his duties at the Provincial’s Office in August.

Joe has taught in the Religion Department at Xavier High School since 2002. He has also served Xavier in various capacities as a member of the Campus Ministry team, director of student retreats, Director of Ignatian Service Programs, and Chair of the Religion Department.  Joe has also served as a member of the Province Pre-Secondary and Secondary Education Advisory Board.

A Bronx native, Joe is a graduate of Fordham Prep and the College of the Holy Cross.  He received a Ph.D. in Religious Education from Fordham University, where he currently teaches as an Adjunct Instructor in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. He is also a graduate of the JSEA Seminars in Ignatian Leadership.

Joe currently resides in Ridgefield, NJ with his wife Loredana and their four children, Sofia, Gabriella, Adriana, and Gianluca.

The Province owes Ed Young a debt of gratitude for his services to the schools the past 3 years.  Ed’s passionate commitment to Jesuit education was evident in his efforts to extend cura apostolica to the Province high schools and Nativity schools.

Dean Anderson gives a talk on Careers and the future of Ministry

On May 22nd, Dean Anderson gave a talk on Careers in Ministry at the Lincoln Center campus.  The Dean looked at historical trends in the development of the Church and set today’s Church in that context.  He discussed avenues to serve in ministry through educational institutions, houses of worship, non-profits, hospitals and many other avenues.  With the reduction in the number of people in the clergy and religious orders, Dean Anderson discussed the need to train lay people now to fill roles traditionally filled by the clergy in the past.    He used the current student body of the Graduate School of Religion to illustrate the shift of so many people from other careers to second careers in ministry.  He discussed the creation of new ministries in the work of Dorothy Day and St. Ignatius of Loyola and related them to new trends today.

What are the needs of the times?  Dean Anderson discussed the call for new ministries to match the needs of the day in Lumen Gentium and in Ignatius’ writings.  As the number of  people in religious orders has declined steadily, the GSRRE has continued to grow.  How has this happened?  The number of lay people, particularly second career people, in our program has grown steadily.  The Dean discussed the shifts in his school to meet the needs(degrees) and schedules(night courses, online courses, summer intensives) of people serving the 21st century Church.  In looking at future trends, the Dean expects continued growth in mission positions in organizations like hospitals, colleges, etc.