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Provincial Corner - Very Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ

Dear Friends,

On July 31, Jesuits celebrate the feast of our founder, St. Ignatius Loyola.

This year on the Feast of St. Ignatius, in addition to Masses and celebrations at our Jesuit communities, the Society of Jesus is embarking on a worldwide novena which commences on  July 30 and concludes on August 7, the bicentennial of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.  If you'd like to join us, please visit 

We ask for your continued prayers, your encouragement and your support as we educate Jesuits in formation, care for our elderly and infirm Jesuits, and provide for Jesuits in educational and pastoral ministries.

We are very grateful for your goodness to us. Please be assured of a remembrance in our Masses and prayers on July 31, the feast of St. Ignatius – and always!

Yours in Christ,

Very Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ signatureDownload Biography for Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ
Very Rev. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ
Provincial of New England

Updates from the Provincial

Superior General of the Society of Jesus approves new USA Northeast Province

After many years of strategic planning, and with the approval of Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the New England Province and the New York Province of Jesuits will unite to form the USA Northeast Province on December 3, 2014, the Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, recently appointed provincial of the New York Province, will become the provincial of this new province.   Read more


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.

Lenten Resources

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

An article written Provincial Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, Provincial, was part of the Vatican II series which won an Award of Excellence (first place) from the Associated Church PressU.S. Catholic. 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
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Publications & Presentations

The Need for Both Faith and Reason in Bioethics — U.S. Catholic

November 2012
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.

Facing the End of Life: Recovering our Catholic Traditions — Archdiocese of Boston

February 2012
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."

Can Prayer Trump Pain?America magazine

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.

Affording Old AgeAmerica magazine

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.

A Struggle for the Soul of Medicine — America magazine

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...

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“Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will…”

St. Ignatius Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, §234.