Why Jesuit?

My name is Abby Turbenson, and I am currently a freshman at Fordham College at Rose Hill. I also participate in the Manresa Scholars Program. Besides living in the beautiful Loyola Hall, and taking a unique Manresa seminar course, my fellow Scholars and I have the opportunity to participate in dinner-colloquia led by Program faculty.

I decided to attend a recent dinner-colloquium led by Professor Harry Nasuti (Theology). The event was a wonderful opportunity to meet Prof. Nasuti, share a meal, and engage in lively dialogue with the people I have been living and learning with for the past several months. Prof. Nasuti teaches the Manresa Theology seminar, “Sinners, Saints, and Stories,” so the discussion was centered around Jesuit education — what that meant for St. Ignatius (founder of the Jesuits), Archbishop John Hughes (founder of what eventually became Fordham University), and how these figures inform what it means to attend a Jesuit university today.


Manresa Scholars at Prof. Nasuti’s dinner-colloquium.

Being a Jesuit university means that as a school, Fordham has a different role in the lives of its students than another university would have. Fordham succeeds only if it graduates men and women who are ready to live lives that uphold the fundamental values of its founding tradition. In other words, Fordham graduates must be men and women for and with others; otherwise, Fordham has not met its duty.

Recalling a talk that some of us had attended during orientation, my fellow students and I brought up the fact that Fordham has an obligation to uphold academic freedom while taking a moral stance on pressing issues. We found this balance to be of immediate importance by recalling a recent email from Fr. Joseph McShane, S.J., President of Fordham, regarding a controversial speaker who was invited by a club to speak on campus, but whose ideas struck some as at odds with Fordham’s founding ideals.

Our discussion clarified important items about the role of a Jesuit university, and also left me with meaningful questions of my own. Where do I fit into this educational system? Must I always agree with the stance that the University takes, and where does my critical voice emerge? These questions have spilled over from the colloquium into my conversations with friends in more casual settings. It is important to me that I participate actively in Fordham’s culture, and I am heartened to know that my peers are also pursuing this goal.

Abby Turbenson, FCRH 2021
Manresa Scholar, 2017-2018



Manresa Staff Spotlight: Rev. Lito Salazar, S.J.

In his third year with the Manresa Scholars Program, Fr. Lito Salazar, S.J. continues to bring an important essence to the character and values of this living-learning community. He says, “My presence to the Manresa community is that of an adult witness to genuine human living and loving. In particular, it is that of a vowed religious man, a Jesuit and priest.”

As the as the House Master and Executive Director of Campus Ministry, Fr. Lito defines his Manresa identity as “simply a pLito_280_2_for_website.jpgriest or minister who leads Manresa participants in prayer, preaches in Church, gives talks on Jesuit history and Ignatian spirituality, helps RAs and RDs plan and execute programs and service projects, or is available for consultation and advice on matters of faith and reason, personal and academic.” On top of this, he is an essential voice in our Reflecting programs within the Shared Expectations model. Keep an eye out for a few of his programs in the fall such as “Reflection in the Botanical Gardens,” or “Spirituality and Dreams.”

Additionally, Fr. Lito holds weekly Mass in Loyola Hall’s St. Ignatius Chapel on Thursdays at 9:00pm with an optional social gathering afterwards in his own apartment. He explains, “To those who seek more than a passing engagement, those who enter into conversations of depth in Loyola 302, I hope to embody for them the personal and inter-personal meaningfulness of life, where success and achievement are compatible with suffering and disappointment because it is oriented to something bigger than ourselves, more loving and more forgiving than we can ever imagine. That meaningfulness translates directly into a life of generous service and of trying to make a difference to a broken world and a suffering human community.”

In welcoming the Class of 2021 Scholars to the Manresa Program, Fr. Lito says, “My great desire is for Manresa Scholars to experience something of what Ignatius of Loyola experienced during his less than a year sojourn in that small Catalan town: a totally transformative experience, the beginning of a new life, a turning point. I want to see the Manresa residential program become a staging point for their lives to be marked by depth of thinking and imagination (intellectual, affective), passionate living (virtuous, disciplined), and always being in love (committed, self-sacrificing).”

Lindsey Register, FCRH 2020
Manresa Programming & Marketing Fellow, 2017-2018

Jesuit Education and Social Justice Symposium

During the spring semester, Manresa Scholars have the opportunity to enroll in the Manresa Spring Symposium, a one-credit course that explores the themes of Jesuit education and social justice. Intellectual discussions are fused with service-related initiatives for an enriching experience that builds upon the Fall Manresa Seminars.

The symposium grows out of the collaboration between Manresa faculty, Jesuit-in-residence house master, residential life staff, and the Office of Mission Integration and Planning and its Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice. Both on and off-campus, the symposium emphasizes respectful dialogue, reflection, and action in the Jesuit educational tradition.

Each week, the Scholars meet for an engaging guest speaker, or to participate in an off-campus service program. Course highlights include roundtable discussions with retired Jesuits at Murray-Weigel Hall and the facilitation of an after-school program at a Bronx Grammar School.

This week, Scholars examined the following question: What is a Jesuit education supposed to do for college students and the world? Scholars engaged in thoughtful discussion following an interactive presentation by guest speaker, Ms. Joan Cavanagh (center in below photo), from Fordham’s Campus Ministry.


Faces of Loyola: William Corona

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Fairfield, Connecticut

School and Major?
Fordham College at Rose Hill. Undeclared, but considering a German minor for business purposes. He also has a lot of family that still lives in Germany.

Why did Will choose Fordham?
“I chose Fordham mostly for the Jesuit core principles. I attended a Jesuit high school and I have always been in favor of a well-rounded education with core requirements alongside a field-specific major or minor field of study. Also, the location with both New York City my home being a 45-minute train ride.”

What does Will do at Fordham?
Other than participating in the Manresa Program, Will is involved musically and athletically at Fordham. He plays in a band called Seabass and the Fellas. “We are a band of Fordham students that play around at different venues around Fordham.” Will has also been involved in intramurals at Fordham, playing on Loyola’s soccer and softball teams.

What does the Manresa Program mean to Will?
The most meaningful aspect of the Manresa program for Will is its modest size. “I always found that the best part of the Manresa community and Loyola Hall was the unique size of the program. While other buildings have too many kids to know each one individually, Loyola is conveniently sized that everyone in the building knows each other on a fairly personal level which creates an extremely close-knit community.”

Fun facts?
Will can play a variety of different instruments, including bass, guitar, drums, trombone, harmonica, ukelele, banjo and voice. He can also solve a Rubik’s cube in less than a minute.

Kate Marinkovich, GSB 2018
Manresa Scholar

Faces of Loyola: Sarah Kimball

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Hometown: Simsbury, CT

School: Fordham College Rose Hill

Why did Sarah choose Fordham?
“Fordham was always my first choice school and I actually cried when I received my acceptance letter,” says Sarah. “It is in the most incredible city in the world and has the wholesomeness of being a strong and supportive community engaging in Jesuit education.”

What does Sarah do at Fordham?
Sarah is a very active all around campus. She is a social justice leader, a hall buddy, a hospitality minister, and a eucharistic minister. She participates in Fordham Flava (the hip-hop dance team), Ampersand (the literary and art magazine), and a ballroom dance club, however, she is currently spending most of her time dancing in Flava. “We just recently performed in the cafeteria and can’t wait to perform our show, “The Dark Side” on April 19th,” says Sarah. “You won’t want to miss it!”

What does the Manresa Program mean to Sarah?
For Sarah, the Manresa Program best demonstrates the Jesuit principle of being men and women for others. “We support, guide, and look out for one another and are simply great friends,” says Sarah. “Being a part of the Manresa community also means so much to me because I have met so many wonderful people in this program who constantly inspire to me to always be the best person I can be.”

Fun Fact?
Sarah has seen 14 plays (Broadway, off-Broadway, and Fordham) since coming to Fordham.

Kate Marinkovich, GSB 2018
Manresa Scholar

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