Sacred Heart parish here in Tampa has an unusual history. It was established in 1860 (modern by world standards, ancient by West Central Florida standards) with diocesan priests, but was lead by the Jesuits of the New Orleans province from 1888 until 2005. Their missionary, church planting, and pastoral work was pretty amazing. In 2005 they withdrew from the parish and pastoral leadership of the parish passed to the Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province who remain to this day.
As a parishioner pointed out, are we perhaps the only parish who has a statue/altar for St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis of Assisi – as well as the tradition of both august religious orders? Fun to ponder – but in any case we are proud of our Jesuit roots (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the greater glory of God) and our Franciscan heritage (Deus Meus et Omnia – My God and my all)
One of the great things about social media and its use by Cardinals, Bishops, and people from Rome these days, is that we have the chance to become “eye-witnesses” to the first hours and days of Pope Francis. I have seen some wonderful snippets of tweets, blogs, etc. that give me great hope about the possibilities of the man who would walk in the shoes of Peter: holiness in humility.
Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Pete diocese (the first blogging bishop) has a great article which encapsulates many of the stories from the first 24 hours. It is a great read by another church man who strives for holiness in humility.
What could that graphic possibly mean? Leave it to Nate Silver, resident stats guy and all around good wonk at the NY Times, to enlighten us. Take a moment and peruse the details of his article.
Where were you when the white smoke billowed from the Vatican? I was on my way back to the parish when my cell phone kept rapidly beeping as one text after another poured in. Back in the parish office, I learned the Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina had been elected and taken the name Francis – I assumed it was for St. Francis Xavier the great Jesuit missionary and that new evangelization would be the focus of his pontificate. A good choice and a great aim.