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Formation: Idealism Into Action Dear Friends, I professed my final vows as a Jesuit 22 years after entering the novitiate. A group of students attended the final vows Mass and wanted to know if I was “finally a Jesuit.” After my explanation of Jesuit formation they said, “Why does it take so long?” Most descriptions of Jesuit training usually end with that question, why does it take so long to form a Jesuit? While many things have changed since our founding in the 16th century, the structure of Jesuit formation remains very much the same. I can remember my first days in the novitiate thinking that my decade-long formation had no visible end in sight. Now that I look back I can see the prudence and wisdom of taking this preparatory time of work and study. We currently have 54 men in formation spread out across the various stages. As they progress in religious life they will come to know that while the
goal of any Jesuit is final profession in the Society, the end which they seek is the very mission of the Jesuit Order: the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine, the defense and propagation of the faith, and the spiritual consolation of Christ’s faithful. To this day we strive to prepare men who will fulfill this founding mission which Saint Ignatius Loyola offered to the Church. This issue of Partners contains moving reflections from our younger men as they manifest their experience of Jesuit formation. It bears remembering that while the primary work of formation is to train Jesuits, these younger men play a pivotal role in the ongoing development of older Jesuits. Formation does not happen in a vacuum. Young Jesuits live, study, and work alongside formed Jesuits. We depend on the insights and the challenges of the younger men to inspire and reinvigorate
. . . idealism is what ultimately draws a man to enter the Jesuit Order. We ambition to nurture men of ideals, who in time, will dedicate their entire selves to the Greater Honor and Glory of God. the entire Order. Just as parents learn from their children and teachers learn from their students, Jesuits learn a great deal from these men in formation. I can remember bursting forth from the novitiate filled with zeal and enthusiasm after first professing vows. As I spouted off some of my ideas in the First Studies Program an older Jesuit commented, “Sounds like you’re putting whipped cream on mud pie.” Like all institutions, we sometimes need to temper human idealism. But idealism is what ultimately draws a man to enter the Jesuit Order. We ambition to nurture men of ideals, who in time, will dedicate their entire selves to the Greater Honor and Glory of God. And we couldn’t form our Jesuits or carry out our work without your help. As we approach the season of Advent, please know that we, the Jesuits, pray for you with grateful hearts. And we ask you to pray for us. Sincerely yours in Christ,
Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ Provincial Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit at Saint Martin de Porres High School, a member of the Cristo Rey Network serving Cleveland. In his homily, Fr. Kesicki implored the students to invite the Spirit of Hope to accompany them on their journey through the 2011–2012 school year.
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By the Numbers 341 Jesuits in the ChicagoDetroit Province
10 average number of years to complete the stages of Jesuit formation
$385,000 cost to educate each Jesuit
8,374 households registered to Jesuit parishes
26 number of cities that host Charis retreats through Charis Ministries and its partners
$80,000 amount raised so far for famine relief in Eastern Africa
19 number of US cities in which Ignatian Spirituality Project offers retreats for the homeless in recovery.
Ignatian Spirituality Project Receives $1 Million Gift to Help Homeless
Bill Koloseike and his “Bill Kay” Auto Group have given a gift of $1 million to the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP), a Jesuit ministry that works to end homelessness by providing retreats to women and men who are homeless and in recovery. “Since its founding During a 2007 women’s retreat in Baltimore, retreat participants as well as former ISP staff member in 1998 by Fr. Bill Creed, Katie Sullivan (second from right) do an exercise that describes where they are in their journey today. SJ, ISP has grown to 19 cities and offered nearly 100 retreats throughout the US in this past year alone,” explains executive director Tom Drexler. Koloseike, who made the gift in memory of his late wife, Shirley, hopes that others will be inspired to support ISP. n
Christ the King Jesuit College Prep Featured in Tavis Smiley Documentary
Christ the King (CTK) and the Cristo Rey Network were recently featured by radio and television host Tavis Smiley as “the ray of hope” in America’s education crisis. CTK senior Emmanuel, classmate Stanley, and Rob Birdsell, President of the Cristo Rey Network, discussed the hope and opportunities CTK and Jesuit education provide. In the Midwest alone, the Jesuits run 20 secondary and pre-secondary schools that serve more than 10,000 students and their families. Like CTK, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Loyola High School in Detroit, and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in the Twin Cities serve communities where the need for high quality education is greatest. More “traditional” Jesuit schools not only support and help make possible Cristo Rey- and Nativity-model schools, but also directly serve students in the greatest need through scholarships and specially designed tutoring programs. n
Charis Ministries Launches New Retreats with the Military
Since 2000, Charis Ministries has brought the gifts of Ignatian Spirituality to young adults through retreats, leadership development, and formation activities. On October 15, Charis, in collaboration with the Archdiocese for Military Services, launched its new outreach to members of the military with a retreat for those stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in California. “We are honored to take on the mission of helping some of the 300,000 young adult Catholics in the Armed Forces deepen their Catholic faith—a faith which can sustain them and give them hope,” explains Pam Coster, Charis Executive Director. n
Holy Cows! Family of Jesuit Raises $10,000+ for Africa Following the success of last year’s inaugural fundraiser, “Big Bucks for Books,” the family of Fr. Martin Connell, SJ, ran “Holy Cows for Marty!” to help Our Lady Queen of Peace Educational Centre in Dodoma. Fr. Connell’s family and friends gathered this summer to raise money for animals used to teach students to be self-sufficient and provide them with a basic foundation in agriculture. To date, they’ve collected $10,000 and the generosity continues. n
St. X Football Program and Fan Base Nationally Recognized
St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, has won the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic 2011 award for the best high school fans in America. St. X’s head football coach, Steve Specht (class of 1986), has been named head coach for Team USA by USA Football, the sport’s national governing body. n
Mr. David K. McNulty has been named provincial assistant for advancement for the Chicago-Detroit Province. Dave comes to the staff from Loyola Academy, where he served for 10 years, first as Chief Financial Officer and then as principal. Prior to joining Loyola Academy, he owned and operated his own business for five years and spent 25 years in commercial banking. Dave, as well as many generations of the McNulty family, is Jesuit-educated. Mr. John Sealey, provincial assistant for international ministries in Wisconsin for 10 years, will add to his role by serving in the same capacity for the Chicago-Detroit Province. John previously worked as a program director with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Washington, D.C. for six years during which time he also taught at a Jesuit high school in Belize. He is a graduate of Creighton Prep in Omaha. Fr. James Ackerman, SJ, will join the staff of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago after serving at Gesu Parish in University Heights, Ohio. Fr. Patrick Casey, SJ, has returned to the US after 37 years of work with the Peru Province and will be a pastoral minister to the St. Procopius Parish congregation in Chicago. Fr. James Collins, SJ, previously the associate pastor of St. Procopius Parish in Chicago, has been assigned campus minister at John Carroll University. Br. Ralph Cordero, SJ, has completed his studies and is now teaching at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Fr. David De Marco, SJ, has completed tertianship and is now providing medical services to the Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Fr. Mark George, SJ, formerly the pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Detroit, Michigan, has been assigned to serve as sacramental minister at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Fr. Robert Scullin, SJ, will add to his current role as pastor of Gesu Parish in Detroit, Michigan, by serving as administrator for Ss. Peter and Paul Parish also in Detroit. Anita Butler is retiring after 33 years as health coordinator for the Chicago-Detroit Province. The Jesuits are very grateful to Anita for her dedicated service over the years. For a full listing of Jesuit assignments, please visit www.jesuits-chgdet.org and click the red web icon as shown here.
We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God. Br. Joseph Shubitowski, SJ January 21, 1935, to May 29, 2011 Cleveland, Ohio “Joe was a remarkable man; there was nothing he couldn’t do, and he would use his skills to help people any way he could. “He was stubborn in a good way; he would settle for nothing but the best, and he was always looking to improve upon his work.” — Fr. Norman Dickson, SJ Fr. James Hasse, SJ November 25, 1934, to June 19, 2011 Pontiac, Michigan “As much as Jim found beauty in nature, the place where he most found beauty, most found God, was in people. During the years, Jim painted and sculpted in the African-American communities where he ministered. His hope was that seeing themselves mirrored in his images, they would become aware of their own beauty and dignity.” — Fr. Joseph Folzenlogen, SJ Fr. Thomas Tobin, SJ March 15, 1926, to July 31, 2011 Patna, India “Tom made it a point to bring new ideas to his various assignments. He had the joy and opportunity of pastoral work. Obviously he was a man of wide interests and abilities but in all of this, Tom brought his priestly and religious charism.” — Fr. Jerry Drinane, SJ Fr. Cornelius (Neil) Curtin, SJ September 12, 1925, to September 21, 2011 Pontiac, Michigan “By reason of his girth and warm smile, he was a dominant presence in the classroom. He knew the strengths of his students and was methodical in giving assignments and correcting them. They felt privileged to have such a teacher.” —Fr. Paul Faulstich, SJ
Assigned to Serve at Colombiere Fr. Daniel Flaherty, SJ Fr. Louis Lipps, SJ Fr. Edward Mattimoe, SJ Fr. Harold Sommer, SJ
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V O C AT I O N S
Once a candidate joins the Jesuits, he spends two years as a novice. In the summer of 2009, Ryan Masterson and his novice classmates spent six weeks on an immersion trip to Lima, Peru. (Front row) Robert Carlton, Matt Lieser, Trevor Beach, and Jeff Dorr; (second row) James Sand (standing), Gavin Kiesling (kneeling), Jeff Sullivan, Ryan Masterson, and Kyle Shinseki; (third row) Novice Master Bill Verbryke, Steve Calme, Nate Romano, John Roselle, and Greg Ostdiek; (Back row) Joe Fleischman, Bryan Norton, Joshua Peters, Matt Spotts, and Kevin Embach.
Six Weeks a Jesuit M
y Jesuit formation has shown me the hand of God ever at work in and through all that I am. The growing pains felt by a soul when it responds to Christ’s invitation—on his time, not ours—can be especially profound, but they always lead to growth. After two years of relative isolation in the novitiate, I felt like I was being thrown back into the “real world” when I began first studies at Loyola University Chicago in 2010. The initial excitement of newly minted vows quickly gave way to busyness. It was almost a year before I felt that I had fully arrived at my new assignment. While we are missioned to study, we are called to practice the delicate art of balance in daily life. Within this balancing act, I’ve become aware of ways my formation has become a part of who I am. This past summer I was asked to be part of the Six-Weeks-a-Jesuit program at Loyola University Chicago. This program is an immersive experience for men contemplating a vocation to the Society of Jesus. They live for six weeks in a Jesuit community and work in one of the local ministries. In addition to simply living in community, the men are asked to invest themselves by taking on a house job and 4
By Ryan Masterson, SJ
engaging the other members. A fellow scholastic, Vinny Marchionni, and I were asked to help model community for and be a resource to the men in discernment. Vinny and I were both surprised at how
... our presence on the web is vital to reaching people where they are and encouraging those who feel called to our life and “way of proceeding.” much our own formation informed the advice that we offered and approaches we took with the men during the course of the program. We both were honored to serve as directors for the men on a silent retreat at Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington, Illinois. In comparing notes, Vinny and I realized how much we relied on our own experience of the Spiritual Exercises and several years of almost weekly spiritual direction. Each of us felt a sense of peace and reaffirmation of our own call to life in the Society. When the men discerning a Jesuit vocation expressed a desire for clarity about the “right time” to make a decision whether to
join or not, we were able to help them to be free by encouraging them to rely on their faith in Christ and respond to his quiet, patient invitation through continued discernment and trustful listening. The men who participated in the SixWeeks-a-Jesuit program are representative of men contemplating the Society today. They are of various ages and backgrounds, personalities and interests. But what they share in common is a desire to live their faith in service to God’s people. Some have deep connections to Jesuits and Jesuit institutions, while others have read about the Society and our spirituality in books, magazines, and online. Increasingly, our presence on the web is vital to reaching people where they are and encouraging those who feel called to our life and “way of proceeding.” I’m grateful to have had the chance to accompany these men in their discernment. And I pray that they, and all who are discerning big choices in life, know that God walks with us and invites us to come and see . . . on his schedule, not ours. n To read a longer version of this article and find out why Ryan is pursuing an MBA, visit our website at www.jesuits-chgdet.org and click the red web icon as shown here.
F O R M AT I O N
How did you ever decide to become a Jesuit?
t’s an honest question: “How did you ever decide to become a Jesuit? And it has been posed to many a Jesuit—often in an unguarded moment—by a sincere friend, student, parishioner, or retreatant. My own answer goes something like this: I don’t think I decided on life in the Society of Jesus so much as I responded to God’s call to this way of being. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Geez, another Jesuit caught up in the semantics of a simple question!” Maybe you’re right, but I do think that there is an important distinction here between “deciding to become a Jesuit” and “answering God’s call to become a Jesuit.” And I think deep down, for all of us, whether we’re a religious, or married, or single, or a priest, or a brother, or a sister, our true vocation in life is far more about heeding God’s call than it is about deciding between options. I see this every day in my work as Formation Director of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. I work with over 50 intelligent, talented, generous, and dedicated men who each and every day hear and answer God’s call to become ever more the Jesuit that God calls them to be. The men who apply and enter religious life as Jesuits are largely men who have many options in life. They bring to the Jesuits multiple academic degrees and years of professional experience in everything from art and music to management and finance, from engineering and medicine to education and social work. And with all of their admirable talents and high achievements, their desire to live God’s call is something these men re-visit each and every day. And each day, Jesuits in formation recommit themselves to become ever more the apostle God calls them to be, sent on mission to “help souls,” as St. Ignatius puts it, not for their own self-gain or by their own self-directed pursuits, but for the good of others and for the glory of God. But, as you may know, becoming a Jesuit (i.e., Jesuit formation) takes a very long time (see shaded box to the right). Why so long a formation? Why so many steps? Why so many years? These are all questions I used to ask myself when I was
going through Jesuit formation! Maybe I can best answer that by saying that Jesuit formation is about a way of being in the world, a way of being that takes a lifetime to realize and to live out. It may help to consider that becoming a Jesuit is more properly referred to as “Jesuit formation”
Stages of Formation Novitiate Novitiate (2 years) is a time of intensive spiritual training in which the Jesuit novice experiences the Spiritual Exercises, learns how to live in community, studies Jesuit documents and history, and is sent on service projects among the poor and marginalized. At the end of novitiate, the novice pronounces vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
First Studies In First Studies (3 years), the newly vowed Jesuit moves into academic work, studying philosophy and theology with his fellow Jesuit scholastics and brothers and engages in part-time ministry.
Regency After this period of First Studies, the Jesuit moves into active ministry in what is known as Regency (3 years), usually teaching in a Jesuit high school or university, or engaging in pastoral work at a parish or retreat house.
Theology Theology (3 years) follows Regency. Graduate-level theology prepares Jesuit scholastics for priesthood and prepares Jesuit brothers for active ministry in the Church.
Ordination For a Jesuit called to priesthood, Ordination confers on them the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and they are available for their first assignment as a Jesuit priest.
Special Studies A period of Special Studies (2-6 years) may follow in which a Jesuit seeks academic specialization at the masters or doctoral level in a particular field of interest for the Jesuit in formation.
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as opposed to “Jesuit training.” Sure, we Jesuits receive lots of training in critical thinking, leadership skills, and pastoral practice. But, becoming a Jesuit is a much bigger project than acquiring important skills, which is training. Becoming a Jesuit is about being formed, over the course of one’s lifetime. With time and testing, the Jesuit is formed to be utterly available to serve the mission of the Society of Jesus, wherever the need is greatest, and however the glory of God may be advanced. In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius that are at the heart of Jesuit formation and spirituality, one of the last contemplations is what’s known as the contemplatio, or “The Contemplation to Attain the Love of God.” When a Jesuit prays the contemplatio, he considers all that God has given him and done for him. Moved by his realization of the depth of God’s own love for him, the Jesuit surrenders everything to God: All that I have and call my own, Lord, You have given to me. And now I give it all back to you. Do with it all what you will. Yet, give me only your love and your grace, And with these, I will be rich enough. Such is an act of the heart—a response to God’s initiative of love—way more than it is an exercise of the mind. It’s true that we all make important decisions in life. But, Jesuit formation is first and foremost a response by generous and capable men to be formed into the Sons of Ignatius that God calls them to be. I count it as among the richest blessing in my life to be missioned to accompany the men in my charge through the many years of their Jesuit formation. Every day, I witness in them the lived-out truth spoken in the New Testament: “Love consists in this: Not that we have loved God, but that God has first loved us” (1 John 4:10). Such is the Jesuit’s calling. And such is at the heart of our Jesuit formation. n Fr. Raymond Guiao, SJ, is Provincial Assistant for Formation for the ChicagoDetroit Province.
Get to Know the Jesuits Who Took First Vows This Year A Jesuit professes first vows after two years in the novitiate and before entering first studies. Kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, the man promises to become poor, chaste, and obedient with God’s help. Each novice then receives a crucifix—a symbol of his dedication to following Christ on the way of the cross—which will remain with him throughout his life.
On August 13, 2011, six Jesuits from the Chicago-Detroit Province professed first vows at St. Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities in Minnesota (pictured above): Gregory Ostdiek, Kevin Embach, Kyle Shinseki, Matthew Lieser, Trevor Beach, and Joshua Peters. Read on to learn more about them and why they love being Jesuits. “During my time in the Navy, I realized that my vocation really was to be a priest. So I started looking around and discovered that the Jesuits were the best fit for me. . . . There are a lot of good guys in the Society. . . . There’s a lot of study, but it’s fun learning and training yourself to help other people.” —Gregory Ostdiek, Beavercreek, OH Greg has a BA in English and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, and an MA in English and an MS in mechanical engineering from Penn State. He served in the navy for 14 years, including several tours in the Middle East. Greg taught physics at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy before joining the Society. “I entered the Society at age 49, making me the oldest novice in the US. . . . Since I entered, my (much younger) brothers have been great and my vocation has been confirmed time and again. Medicine is my profession, and Jesuit priesthood is my vocation.” —Kevin Embach, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI Kevin earned a BS from Notre Dame and an MD from the University of Virginia. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan 6
School of Public Health. Kevin worked as an assistant professor of medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, and he’s practiced and taught internal medicine at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe. “Once I made the decision to join the Jesuits, I had a lot of fears coming in. But in the novitiate I learned to trust in God. I also learned what a blessing it is to live in community and be supported. . . . I’ve been able to find a tremendous amount of joy and happiness these last two years, and I look forward to what God has in store for me.” —Kyle Shinseki, Honolulu, HI After earning a BA in planning from MIT, Kyle completed an MA in urban planning from UCLA and an MBA from Northwestern. He worked as an assistant brand manager at Procter & Gamble and as the development director at the National Council of La Raza, a nonprofit organization focused on reducing poverty and discrimination for Hispanic Americans. Kyle also participated in community service at St. Xavier Church in Cincinnati. “I had a bit of a call when I was about 12 years old, and didn’t know what to make of it. . . . I put it out of my mind through high school and college, . . . then after a few years of working in business and lots
of discernment, I joined the Jesuits. God is very patient. You can run, but he’ll follow you. Even if you run fast, he’ll be there, wherever you end up.” —Matthew Lieser, Lakewood, OH A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Matt has a BA in international affairs with a concentration in business and a minor in Spanish. He spent two years with the Peace Corps in Guatemala teaching business and English. He worked for Chiquita International as an analyst, and he was a volunteer coordinator for the Habitat for Humanity. After doing a three-day silent retreat at Boston College, I . . . researched Ignatius and the Jesuits and decided to contact the Jesuit vocations office. But once that fervor died down, I found myself a little more afraid and stepped back. A little more than a year later I was in my room late at night . . . and I thought, ‘when did I feel most myself?’ And it was on that retreat, with God. . . I wrote the vocation director that night, and five days later I was on my way to the novitiate. There I found that same feeling from the retreat. That deepening in my soul, knowing who I am, excitement for the future that continues today.” —Trevor Beach, Grand Rapids, MI Continued on back page
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A Faith That Does Justice By Amy Korpi
arbara and John Schubert, both educators, began their commitment to the Midwest Jesuits nearly 20 years ago. Barbara, who holds three degrees from John Carroll, serves on the university’s board of directors, and has served on the board of Boys Hope Girls Hope as well as the national board of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. John serves on the board of the Ignatian Solidarity Network (which brings together college and high school students to be inspired and trained for social justice work), tutors at Cleveland’s Saint Martin de Porres High School, and has just completed service as a trustee of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. In addition, both Barbara and John served on the Detroit Province Development Committee for the Freedom to Serve Campaign, which raised $15.5 million. And both have traveled to teach in the Jesuits’ Eastern Africa Province. Here, they reflect on their commitment to the Jesuits and their rewarding experiences of service. Q: There are many good causes in the world—what inspired your commitment to the Jesuits? A: JOHN: Unlike many laypeople who become involved in the work of the Society, I was never taught by Jesuits. I didn’t even know a Jesuit more than casually until I was in my sixties. But then I made up for lost time. My source of inspiration was Fr. Joe Daoust, SJ, former Detroit provincial and current counselor to the Society’s Father General. After we worked with him on the campaign to endow the Colombiere retirement facility, we joined brief trips that he led in 1996 and 2000 to observe Jesuit apostolates in Eastern Africa. When we visited Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, we were given the chance, as retired high school English teachers, to teach a few classes. From this experience came the idea of returning to work with small groups of incoming students whose previous schooling had left them unprepared for high school classes conducted in English. We were able to do this during the winter-spring semester of both 2005 and 2006. We worked closely with a series of young Jesuit Volunteer Corp members and gained a profound respect for them. We paid a brief visit to Loyola just last summer with our teenage granddaughter, Emma. After going through a day of classes and hanging out with the current volunteers, she came to share our enthusiasm for the school, its students, and the American volunteers. Q: What else have you gained in your service experience? A: BARBARA: We have received so much more than we have given. To start, when tutoring at Loyola, we learned to live in community, and all that comes with that—like the need to share everything and to do without choices. We also gained much from the spirit of the people in our midst. The students are terrific; they want to learn and are willing, almost
always, to put forth the effort to do so. The Jesuits we met and lived among never hesitated to reach out to the students, neighbors, parents and anyone passing through who needed their help. Their T-shirts as well as those worn by every campus worker said, “Men and Women for Others” and they live this motto to the fullest. The Jesuits we worked with absolutely never said “no” to a request for help. These role models live very simple lives, much like their neighbors. Q: What makes the ministries you have chosen so special to you? A: BARBARA: There are so many good ways to volunteer, but I had never felt called to one particular way until my first few minutes in that classroom at Loyola. It seemed like a third of the class was sinking, unable to really comprehend what was going on. People have asked why I didn’t choose to tutor in our local schools. I really do not have a good answer – except that I felt a serious need that I thought I could help fill in Tanzania. Also, when away from home there is no pull to do family/friend/work-related things. John and I lived in a very small room, we had no phone and limited email, and electricity was mainly on just in the evenings. So we were fully immersed in the experience. Q: What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about the Jesuits? A: BARBARA: I came away from my experiences in Eastern Africa with tremendous respect for the Jesuits and the Jesuit volunteers. John and I saw firsthand how involved the Jesuits are with the people they are serving. When they saw a group of young people who had dropped out of school and were basically illiterate, classes were begun at the local parish to help them attain basic skills. Street children needed food, so the Jesuits began a program to feed and educate these youngsters. Vitamins begged
“I think that many laypeople, whatever their careers, can find opportunities to serve as companions in the endeavors of the Society,” say John and Barbara Schubert. “Jesuits work in such a great range of activities, they welcome lay associates so warmly and, of course, the needs of this broken world are so profound.”
for were distributed. And they never quit giving—look at the average age of the working Jesuit! Retirement is out of the question as long as they can avoid it. And that’s why helping them in whatever way we can is important and necessary. Q: Why is it so important for laypeople to support the Jesuits? A: JOHN: Looking back on my involvements, I see a common theme: “faith doing justice.” For me, the principle mode of service, growing out of my career, is teaching. But I think that many laypeople, whatever their careers, can find opportunities to serve as companions in the endeavors of the Society. Jesuits work in such a great range of activities, they welcome lay associates so warmly and, of course, the needs of this broken world are so profound. A: BARBARA: Not everyone can go to Eastern Africa, but there are many other opportunities to serve in Jesuit ministries. The Jesuits will use your donation and/or your time with love and care. n Through the formation it provides young Jesuits, the Chicago-Detroit Province is the animating source of the universities, high schools, parishes, retreat houses and its other works. After formation, young Jesuits are missioned to the works, nationally and internationally, just as St. Ignatius missioned St. Francis Xavier to India with the words “Go Forth and Set the World on Fire.” Please support a young Jesuit in Formation: Novice $25,000 (1 year) $50,000 (Total) First Studies $50,000 (1 year) $150,000 (Total) Theology $50,000 (1 year) $150,000 (Total) Tertianship $35,000 (1 year) The total cost of Formation for a Jesuit is $385,000. Thank you for your partnership in serving the people of God.
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Trevor is a graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he studied theology and Spanish and did some graduate work in theology. He also was involved with Ministry Formation Leaders (SALT) for three years and spent a semester in Chile volunteering with the Jesuit-based En Todo Amar y Servir in Valparaiso. “Taking the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the Society of Jesus is my “Yes.” . . . I’m excited to be in First Studies, moving on to the next stage of Jesuit formation because it is my chance to
deepen my relationship with Jesus and to let that sweet Holy Spirit order my steps. I already feel that First Studies are allowing me to see the profound way that God has been moving and acting in this world since the beginning of time. . . .” — Joshua Peters, Detroit, MI Joshua graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy and earned a BA in American Studies from the University of Dayton. He worked in campus ministry at his high school alma mater and in retreat ministry at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio.
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“I extend my gratitude to all those who have helped raise $80,000 to date for the Jesuit-sponsored famine relief efforts in Eastern Africa.” FR. PROVINCIAL TIMOTHY KESICKI, SJ,
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