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March 17, 2013

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Tonawanda News — “That would all be indicative of the Jesuit lifestyle he would be following,” Lynch said. “Trying to be one with the poor and the marginalized. I could hear overtones of the Jesuit education and the work that Jesuits do with youth. I can certainly say that is something he’s picked up by the Jesuits.” 

The Rev. Ronald W. Sams, pastor of St. Micheal’s Parish, the only Jesuit church in the Diocese of Buffalo, said he that it goes without saying no matter who was chosen as pope there would be a sense of excitement, though the Wednesday’s revelation that the first New World pope was also its first Jesuit was particularly profound for he and the six other priests and one brother that serve at St. Michael’s.

“It was just awesome,” Sams said. “We were happy and surprised and honored. We take a special vow to the Holy Father for whatever he wants us to do. This just adds emphasis to the vow. We’re happy and awed by it all and we’ll do our best to serve him as we do for every Holy Father.”

And that sentiment also carries to Jesuits outside of Western New York. The Rev. David S. Ciancimino, provincial supervisor of New York, said in a statement released this week that a requirement of the Jesuit order includes a 30-day “spiritual exercise,” that stands as a pillar for members’ devotion.

“While the Holy Father’s Jesuit roots are a source of joy for us, we are even more encouraged by the fits of humility, pastoral sensitivity and concerns for the poor he brings to the ministry he now undertakes,” Ciancimino said.

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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