To keep our prayer alive, we stay
up-to-date with matters of marginalized folks in the neighbourhood, the city,
the country, and the world. In fact, we have an enormous amount of
international experience among us. We pray… and as far as we may be able, many
of us seek for our contemplation to have an action component. Prayer and action
open our eyes so that we can see further, deeper, more humanly all that
surrounds us, with the eyes and hands of Christ.
Prior to COVID, we felt highly
connected to our city’s Nativity model schools. Eighth graders from Brooklyn
Jesuit Prep and from St. Ignatius School in Hunt’s Point, South Bronx, would
come for Mass and lunch and then talk about their high-school projects with us.
And so, we have assisted in having the children
of our health care workers and staff apply to St. Ignatius. One of these young
women, a Ghanaian, received the magis
award, top student for her grade in the first semester. Bro. Jerry Menkhaus
also tutors the students there by zoom. Helping with disadvantaged students has
also been a part of the work of Dan Fitzpatrick and the Brooklyn Prep alumni
who fund “HAP Scholarships” for needy students at our area Jesuit high schools.
We would also regularly empty our pockets of change and dedicate it to tuition
assistance at the school. We invite our visitors to donate as well, and we
collected $5,000 in ten months!