Father Michael Scully, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Papaikou on the Big Island, is the only Jesuit in full-time parish work in Hawaii.
"Naturally, we share in the joy of the whole church and we are especially happy that one of our own was chosen," he
told the Hawaii Catholic Herald
does simple things that are really meaningful," Father Scully
said, like hopping off the popemobile to greet a severely disabled man, a gesture that reminded him of the Gospel story of the paralyzed man carried by friends into the presence of Jesus.
said it was odd enough to have a Jesuit cardinal, as members of the order are not supposed to aspire for higher office, although they should accept if asked.
believes the cardinal electors' choice came through the intervention by the Holy Spirit.
"It is a good thing for the church and for the Jesuits," he
said that he
is praying that Pope Francis' leadership results in a "happy and holier church."