Jesuit and Franciscan

SH historicSacred 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. SH modernIgnatius 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)

A Jesuit with a Franciscan Name….

Pope Francis

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.

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