During his two days in New York, Fr. Nicolás celebrated the Eucharist with 150 Jesuits, lay directors of works and province staff, met with Jesuits in formation and visited Jesuits at the province infirmary.
Jesuit Father Thomas Scirghi, rector of the Jesuit Community at Spellman Hall at Fordham University, said Fr. Nicolás “encourages us to go deep in our prayer, in our work and in our study, and this is what we can offer to the church as a whole and to the world.”
“One problem he sees for Jesuits is that many wear too many hats. This is part of what we have to deal with. The danger there is it keeps you on the surface and prevents you from plunging deeply into any one type of work. He cautioned us that we need to be aware of that,” Fr. Scirghi said.
Fr. Nicolás ended on a hopeful note, according to Fr. Scirghi, saying that God is working inside of people already and the Gospel makes people free. “He [Fr. Nicolás] sees the role of Jesuits — as preachers, as teachers and as spiritual directors — acknowledging the presence of God in each person we meet and with the Gospel message we are able to free them,” said Fr. Scirghi.