A Message from the President

Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends:

On May 20, the Society of Jesus declared the start of the Ignatian Year, a time to recognize and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius Loyola. As a result of that conversion moment, and with the help of God’s grace, Ignatius gifted the world with the Spiritual Exercises and the Jesuit Order. The University of Scranton is a wonderful outgrowth of those two gifts, and I consider it the privilege of a lifetime to have been selected to lead our University into the future in the company of many good and dedicated colleagues.

I moved to Scranton this summer when all was a little too quiet. Now the campus is buzzing with the sounds and sights of students, professors and the rest of our community walking together in mission! That sense of community is something Scranton is known for and deservedly so. It’s one of the most important aspects of the University that attracted me.

The campus is alive again! Students are not only enjoying a sense of normalcy, but drawing on the lessons they’ve learned throughout the pandemic to go beyond what they thought was possible. Another fine example of what Ignatius meant by pursuing the magis! I’m so pleased that The Scranton Journal is back in print so that you may flip through the pages of this magazine to connect with our community, near and far, and discover what we have accomplished together in recent months.

On campus, we will continue the celebration of the Ignatian Year and I hope that you, too, will find inspiration in the life story of St. Ignatius, as his story continues to guide us and our Jesuit tradition. I wish you a year filled with grace and peace and look forward to greeting you in person very soon.

Yours Faithfully,
Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J.

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