St. John's Seminary 1958 Christmas Play
The Strong Are Lonely
The scene of The Strong Are Lonely is in Paraguay of 1767, where the
Jesuit missionaries have established a utopian state for the native
Indians. Heeding calumnious attacks of the Spanish colonists, the
King has sent a legation with orders to dissolve the Jesuit state.
The Father Provincial of the Jesuits is determined to prove that the
King has been deceived, when an emissary from the General of the
Order arrives disguised as a layman and orders the Provincial to
withdraw all Jesuits from Paraguay, because they had in fact produced
a materialistic brand of Christianity. The Provincial is brought face
to face with universal conflict between obedience to superiors and
loyalty to one's own convictions. His final decision and its effect
on himself, his subordinates and his Indian flock provide dramatic
and powerful moments.
Father Fernandez, S.J.
Father Oros, S.J.
Father Lieberman, S.J.
Father Clarke, S.J.
Don Pedro de Miura
Secretary of the Bishop
Father Reinegg, S.J.
George Niederauer, Alfred Garrotto, Peter Nugent
Rev. Mr. Vincent Haggin
Rev. Mr. Michael Dunne
Rev. Mr. Harold De Lisle
Raymond Romano & John Romero
The 1958 Christmas Chorale
directed by Bradley Dusak
The Entertainment Committee wishes to express its sincere gratitude to
our own Sisters at Saint John's, to the Faculty, and to all of the
students who helped in any way to make the 1958 Christmas Program
Update: 33 of the 42 seminarians listed above were ordained to the priesthood.
They now include one cardinal, one archbishop, eleven priests who left ministry
and married, and four priests accused of sexual abuse of children and removed