Thomas Worcester, S.J. | President
I am beginning my fourth year as the College president at Regis. I give thanks for the hard work and the generosity of many people that have made possible a great deal in recent years: adoption of a five-year Strategic Plan for the College; establishment of the Scarboro Foreign Missions chair in Inter-Religious Dialogue, and creation of the Fraser Centre for Practical Theology; an enthusiastic response to a visit by Jesuit superior general Fr. Arturo Sosa; addition of a new position in communications and marketing; arrival of Sr. Susan K. Wood, SCL, as our academic dean; commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the College’s founding; and much more. There is an abundance of things for which we may be grateful.
The best made plans may nevertheless be met with surprises. The pandemic came without much warning, and as a major disruption for all of us. Yet the Jesuit tradition is one of accommodation, of adaptation to circumstances, to times, to places, to challenges one may never have known before. And so our mission in the academic year ahead is above all the study and the doing of theology in a creative and innovative idiom that may foster hope and healing for the many people suffering in various ways in a time of crisis no one expected.
And let us pray, through the intercession of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, and through the intercession of St. Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit and prolific theologian, that we may use our time and talents for the good of the world around us, for the benefit of diverse peoples in their needs, and for the greater glory of God. And may all of us be blessed with good health, in mind, body, and spirit. Amen.
Thomas Worcester, SJ