By Deanna Howes Spiro, Director of Communications, AJCU



In this month’s issue of Connections, we focus on the Jesuits in their twenties and thirties who are contributing toward the formation of students on our campuses. You will meet the scholastics of Saint Louis University’s Bellarmine House and Boston College’s St. Peter Faber Jesuit Community. You will be inspired by a story shared by the dean of student success at Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, an institution that serves minority and low-income students in and around Chicago, IL.

You will also learn about two editorial platforms that teach the public about Jesuit education and Ignatian spirituality: Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education and The Jesuit Post. Mr. Lucas Sharma, S.J., an editor of both publications, explains how they contribute toward the greater good as a service of young Jesuits who are currently in formation. And, you will learn how the Jesuit provinces identify opportunities for young men who are interested in pursuing careers as teachers and administrators in Jesuit higher education. Rev. James Miracky, S.J. shares his perspective as Provincial Assistant for Higher Education of both the Maryland and Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus.

Finally, you will read the latest Federal Relations report from AJCU’s Vice President for Federal Relations, Cyndy Littlefield, who provides a status update on the DACA program. This remains an issue of utmost priority for our Association, and we have created a resource page ( that features a call-to-action tool to contact members of Congress, and stories of advocacy from Jesuit institutions.

We hope that your new year is off to a great start, and wish you all the best for a successful spring semester.