Updates from the Provincial
Christian Meaning of Human Suffering
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter, On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering, Pauline Books and Media has published an anniversary edition which offers the complete text of the letter along with commentary by Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ. Fr. Sheehan’s commentary includes points for reflection, prayer and action that can be used by individuals or in study groups. The book is available to purchase online.
A Prescription for a Life of Faith
An interview with Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ. How his interest in the intersection of medicine and faith has helped shape his vocation to the Society of Jesus. Read more
Aging Gracefully Series Airs Again
CatholicTV will begin re-airing episodes of the Aging Gracefully television mini-series featuring Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ and other guests giving advice about dealing with the medical and spiritual issues of aging as a faithful Catholic. Originally aired in September 2012, the five episodes are being aired again and are available to watch in full online. Read more.
Pray for Peace on September 7
This past Sunday, at the Angelus, the Holy Father spoke forcefully regarding the tragic events in Syria and declared a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, September 7, asking, on the eve of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother, for Mary’s intercession in the conflict. As you know, New England Jesuits in Amman staff our Jesuit Center, providing pastoral assistance to Catholics and other Christians in Jordan.... Read more
Summer Message of Joy
This summer is filled with joy for me and for all of the Society of Jesus. We celebrate the priestly ordination of 16 Jesuits, two of whom are from the New England Province. The joy of these new Catholic priests is multiplied by the celebration of major milestones by more than 44 Jesuit priests and brothers in our Province this year. Jesuits from the New England Province are celebrating 25, 50, and even 80 years in the Society or since their priestly ordination. Their lifelong gifts of service and sacrifice to the Society, to the Church, and to God is truly awe inspiring. Read more
Trinity Sunday Reflection
In his homily for Trinity Sunday, Fr. Provincial Myles Sheehan, SJ, shares his experience of God—an encounter with Father, Son, and Spirit—that he had in El Salvador and invites us to spend time with the question: What is our experience of God? Read more.
US Catholic Series Containing Provincial's Article Receives Award
An article written Fr. Provincial Myles Sheehan, SJ, was part of the Vatican II series in U.S. Catholic which won an Award of Excellence (first place) from the Associated Church Press. Judges said: “Each essay is honest, direct and unflinching in its treatment of each unique challenge facing the Church….Outstanding work.” Read Fr. Sheehan’s article the “Need for both Faith and Reason in Bioethics” here.
Election of Pope Francis
Fr. Provincial Myles Sheehan, SJ, made a statement expressing both joy and gratitude to God for the Holy Father’s election. Read Fr. Sheehan’s full statement.
Laetare Sunday Podcast
Fr. Provincial Myles Sheehan, SJ, recorded the Laetare Sunday podcast for the province's Lenten podcast series. He spoke on the joy of our relationship with Christ and home coming, a theme closely tied with the parable of the prodigal son in this Sunday’s readings. Listen online.
The New England Province has put together a guide to Ignatian spirituality resources for Lent including podcasts, videos, and reflections. Read more.
Provincial Advent Homily Series
Listen to weekly Advent homilies by Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ via podcast on the New England Province's 2012 Ignatian Advent Podcasts & Resources page.
Facing the End of Life: Recovering our Catholic Traditions
Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, presented "Facing the End of Life: Recovering Our Catholic Traditions," as context for the physician-assisted/doctor-prescribed suicide ballot initiative in Massachusetts at various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. "As Roman Catholics, we have a more excellent way to face the end of life," he says. Watch the video presentation on YouTube.
CatholicTV Airs Aging Gracefully TV Series
CatholicTV is now airing episodes of the new TV series Aging Gracefully, featuring Fr. Myles Sheehan, as he discusses Catholic perspectives on issues faced by the elderly and those who care for them. Read more & watch episodes.
Unique Perspective on Physician-Assisted Suicide Debate
Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, offers unique perspectives on the debate in Massachusetts over the upcoming Physician-Assisted Suicide ballot as a Jesuit priest trained as a physician who specialized in internal medicine and geriatrics. Read his perspectives in this article by The Boston Pilot.
Lifelines Segments Offer Jesuit Perspective on Aging
Fr. Myles Sheehan, Jesuit priest, provincial of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus, and trained as a physician with certification in internal medicine and geriatrics, offers 4 short videos about the role spirituality can play in aging in a series of LifeLines segments from CatholicTV. Watch the segments online.
AMDG Award Presentation & Jesuit GALA
On April 11, I was honored to present the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam award (for the greater glory of God) to Fr. John Wronski, President of Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, and Mr. Alex Zequeira, President of Nativity Preparatory School in Worcester, at the annual Jesuit GALA. Watch the video and view the photos on our 2012 Jesuit GALA page.
Presentation of End-of-Life Issues
On March 20, Fr. Provincial Myles Sheehan, SJ, presented What Are They Saying about End of Life Issues? at Holy Family Parish in Concord, Mass., as part of the parish's adult faith formation. A video of his recent presentation at a workshop sponsored by the Archdiocese about the doctor prescribed suicide ballot initiative is available on Vimeo.
Visit to Jesuit Center in Amman, Jordan
From March 5 - 11, I visited the Jesuit Center in Amman, Jordan. Read more about the trip & see photos.
Compassion in the Face of Death
On October 3, I was the guest on "Conversation with Bishop McManus," a cable TV and internet program of the Diocese of Worcester. The petition drive in Massachusetts which is underway to allow the legalization of physician assisted suicide was the topic of the conversation. Watch the video.
Discussing Vocation on Catholic TV
Fr. Robert Reed and Jay Fadden had me on their show, This is the Day on Catholic TV, to talk about my vocation to the priesthood and the Society of Jesus. You can watch the interview on the CatholicTV website; my part starts at 15:09.
Health Care: A Basic Human Right
In an issue of Company magazine, I wrote about health care as a basic human right and called for effective and affordable ways of "supporting the vulnerable in our midst" from my perspective as a physician and Jesuit. You can read the article online.
Fr. Sheehan visits Nativity School of Worcester
View photos from my visit to the Nativity School of Worester. More
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Publications & Presentations
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Myles Sheeshan talks about why the promise of advances in biology and medicine need to be coupled with the insights of faith and reason.
Presentation regarding end-of-life issues for Catholics and the debate over doctor-prescribed suicide in Massachusetts at a workshop by the Archdiocese of Boston entitled "Suicide is Always a Tragedy."
March 23, 2009
As a Jesuit priest who practices medicine, I must say that some of the more tiresome moments in my career have been encounters with reporters who want to do a “little story” on spirituality.
July 9, 2008
Robert Butler is the nation’s pioneer in directing attention to the promises and issues raised by aging and the increasing number of older persons in America and the world.
November 5, 2007
At most medical schools in the United States, students are given a white coat during a ceremony in the first weeks after matriculation, and they are told about the role they will play and their obligations...