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Jesuits Never Retire Dear Friends, “The bees are back!” These were the first words I heard after celebrating the Easter Vigil with the Jesuit community at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. A member of the community was commenting on the new translation of the Exsultet, which I had just chanted at the Vigil. He was beaming because he heard in this proclamation an image from his past: in this case the bees that help produce the Paschal Candle which we light during the Easter Season. Older Jesuits are full of such memories and stories; they are a vital link to the traditions and customs of our faith across the decades. Each year I spend the Paschal Triduum with the Jesuit community at Colombiere. There is not a more devout group of men
with whom I could share these holiest days of the year. When I think of where they have been and what they have done for Christ, I realize that every continent and ministry has been blessed by their work.
What a blessing it is to have such faithful servants of Christ who exemplify the rich beauty of religious life! It is worth noting that Jesuits never fully retire. While duties and responsibilities may change, all Jesuits receive a mission from their provincial, even at the very end of their lives. Jesuit documents inform us that elderly and infirm members have a
special mission to pray for the Church and Society. In addition, we learn that these Jesuits are to strive to unite their personal suffering and limitations to the worldwide salvific ministry of the Church and Society. What a blessing it is to have such faithful servants of Christ who exemplify the rich beauty of religious life! Our younger Jesuits take a delight in visiting the community at Colombiere. They hear interesting stories about what their current superiors and formators were like in training—it never hurts to see the humble side of a superior—and stories about the province, the Society, and the world of the past. But I suspect that what draws younger Jesuits to this great community is their ability to see in these men all that they hope to become: men devoted to Christ on mission serving the Church. At the end of the day, what matters most to a Jesuit is his relationship to the Lord, not his curriculum vitae. We pray in the Spiritual Exercises for the grace to “reach that end for which we were created.” The Society is blessed by these noble men who live this grace with joy and hope. Their stories inspire all of us for the road ahead. Thank you for your prayers and support for our senior Jesuits and for all of us as we serve “the greater glory of God.” Sincerely yours in Christ,
Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ Provincial
In the early 1950s, Fr. William Hagerty, SJ (standing with biretta), along with Jesuit scholastics in surplice, lay the cornerstone of a Jesuit house of formation.
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Ignatian Solidarity Network Nominated for People’s Choice at the Human Rights Awards
he Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) was nominated for the People’s Choice Award at the 10th Annual Human Rights Awards Gala. Since their inception in 2004, the ISN has animated bold action for social justice and solidarity among individuals and institutions across the country on issues including immigration reform, human rights in Latin America, and environmental justice. Global Exchange’s Human Rights Awards are grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that defend human rights in their own countries and around the world. n
By the Numbers 8 Jesuit colleges and universities that participated in the 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament
61 Senior Jesuits currently missioned to Colombiere to pray for the Church and Society
38 average number of new Jesuits in the US each year
$4,060,000 annual cost of operating the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan
21,765 YouTube video views for the Lent 2012 web-based program 40: The Series
3,753 collective years of service from the Jesuits residing in the Colombiere community
“Hearts on Fire” Retreats Inspire Young Adults Across the Country
n collaboration with the Apostleship of Prayer, a group of young Jesuits will again offer summer retreats in multiple cities across the United States. The “Hearts on Fire” retreat program is based on the tenets of Ignatian Spirituality and introduces practical ways of connecting faith with daily life. “Saint Ignatius and the Holy Spirit inspired you well. Each talk tugged at my heart. It was wonderful to ‘fall in love with Jesus’ all over again. Thank you!” said Patty, a retreat participant from Iowa City. This day-and-a-half renewal experience is open to young adults aged 18-39. For more information and to find out if “Hearts on Fire” is coming to a city near you, visit the Apostleship of Prayer website at www.apostleshipofprayer.org. n
St. Procopius Holy Trinity Parish and Brookfield Zoo Create Meditative Garden
n Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, an area with the least amount of green space in the city, St. Procopius Holy Trinity Parish and Brookfield Zoo have collaborated to create Trinity Garden, a meditative space open to the public on Sundays. The project, which came with no budget or resources, has come about solely from donations from Home Depot, Costco, Ace Hardware, and various community members. During the week of May 20, 140 people gathered to pull weeds, construct plant beds, and plant a butterfly garden. “This garden is not only bringing a parish together, it’s bringing a community together,” explained Sherry Rontos, a St. Procopius parishioner who helped coordinate the project. “People on the street stop and want to pitch in. We have volunteers aged 2 to 84 working together to better our neighborhood.” The garden was fully completed on June 16. n Pilsen residents young and old come together to plant the Trinity Garden on a lot once marked by garbage and vandalism. Now, parishioners and residents can relax and connect with nature in this meditative space.
After three years of service in Dodoma, Tanzania, Fr. Martin Connell, SJ, has returned to the United States for a sabbatical and new assignment starting January 2013. During his time in Dodoma, Fr. Connell helped open and operate the Our Lady Queen of Peace Educational Centre and its St. Peter Claver High School (SPCHS), which currently serves 140 boys and girls in their first year of secondary school. As a boarding school, SPCHS puts girls on equal footing with boys academically. Fr. John Ferone, SJ, will join the staff of St. Mary’s Church in Oxford, Ohio, to serve as the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry for students attending Miami University. Prior to joining the staff at the university, Fr. Ferone served as superior for the Faber House Jesuit Community for nine years before taking a sabbatical year. Fr. Kevin Flaherty, SJ, has been appointed to serve as the superior of the Jesuits in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago, effective August 2012. Father Flaherty spent the last 25 years serving the Peru Province where he worked in formation with young Jesuits, promoted vocations, taught theology courses, and directed retreats. Fr. Joel Medina, SJ, ordained last summer, has served as a chaplain at Stroger Hospital in Chicago and parttime in pastoral ministry at St. Procopius Parish. He will continue his role as a full-time chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center beginning July 2012. Fr. Charles Niehaus, SJ, who most recently served as pastor at St. Paul’s Parish in Lexington, Kentucky, has been named the new associate pastor at St. Procopius Parish in Chicago, beginning in fall 2012. Fr. James Riley, SJ, assistant for special projects at the Chicago-Detroit Province Office, will begin his new assignment as assistant to the president of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in August 2012.
Missioned to Serve at Colombiere Fr. Walter Farrell, SJ
Missioned to Serve at St. Camillus Fr. Eugene Nevins, SJ
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We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God. Br. William R. Haas, SJ November 23, 1925, to May 26, 2012 Ann Arbor, Michigan “He was a great pal. When I walked into the novitiate 60 years ago he was there on the tractor cutting the grass and we’ve been friends ever since. Since that first day at the novitiate, we’ve talked at least once every week to catch up on each other’s lives. We spoke just before he died and I’m grateful we got that last conversation in. He will be missed not only by me, but also by the entire Jesuit community that he worked so hard to serve the past 65 years.” — Br. James Small, SJ, Loyola Academy Fr. Edward H. Konerman, SJ April 10, 1929, to February 24, 2012 Clarkston, Michigan “He presented some wonderful forward thinking in theology. During his 16 years as our chaplain he really called us to reflect on the Scriptures in a new way with up-to-date background, the fruit of his own study and research. He was also pastoral, assisting our Sisters and lay residents whenever there was a need, day or night. We are sure he is enjoying his reward for all he gave to us and to all throughout his life.” — Sr. Nora Hahn, provincial of the Poor Handmaids Fr. Glenn F. Williams, SJ April 26, 1924, to January 23, 2012 Pontiac, Michigan “Fr. Williams had a great ability to recall events in history, especially parish and Jesuit history. He knew many of the families in Gesu Parish personally because he himself grew up in the parish. He was one of those remarkable Jesuits who could describe in detail the history of the Society of Jesus depicted in the stained glass windows high above the sanctuary on both sides of the main altar at Gesu.” — John Power, Gesu parishioner, University Hts. To view full obituaries, sign a guestbook, and/or make a gift, please visit our website at www.jesuits-chgdet.org and click the red web icon as shown here.
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Jesuit Frs. William Blazek and Paul Lickteig were ordained priests in the Society of Jesus on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at a mass at St. Thomas More Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. (From left) Fr. Raymond Guiao, provincial assistant for formation for the Chicago-Detroit Province; Fr. Timothy Kesicki, provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province; newly ordained Fr. William Blazek; Archbishop John Neinstadt, DD; newly ordained Fr. Paul Lickteig; Fr. Tom Lawler, provincial of the Wisconsin Province; and Fr. John Paul, provincial assistant for formation for the Wisconsin Province.
Fr. William Blazek, SJ
Fr. Paul Lickteig, SJ
Born: October 7, 1964
Born: August 22, 1974
Parents: Bill and Carol (Voss) Blazek
Parents: Tom and Jeanne Lickteig
Assignment Following Ordination: Pastoral/Sacramental work at Church of the Gesu in Cleveland
Assignment Following Ordination: Summer immersion in priestly ministry at St. Eugene Parish and St. Monica Parish in Milwaukee (June through August), then continuation of STL degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.
Father William Blazek, SJ, 47, was born and baptized at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where his father served as a Physician in the US Army. His mother, Carol, served as a teacher in the Christian Education Program of the parish. He first met the Jesuits in 1982 at Marquette University when he joined the ROTC program. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree and commissioning in the Army, Bill served 5 years in the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry Officer. After the Army, he studied medicine at Rush Medical College and graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 1998. During medical studies, Fr. Blazek encountered the Jesuits once again at a small parish near the Chicago Taylor Street Community, where Fr. Jack Lane, SJ, celebrated daily mass. He entered the Society of Jesus immediately following medical residency and professed first vows in 2003. “As I crossed the major threshold in Jesuit formation, one of the chief emotions in my heart was that of joy: joy mingled with a deep sense of gratitude for God’s goodness to me and for the love of so many people who have helped me along the way to ordination. It is certain that I could not have made the transition from medicine to the novitiate without the support of family, friends, and generous benefactors.” — Fr. William Blazek, SJ
Father Paul Lickteig, SJ, 37, is a native of Bloomington, Minnesota. A product of Catholic education since the age of three, Fr. Lickteig followed his four older brothers through grade school and high school, where he discovered an abiding love of theology and art. During formation, he taught scripture, sacraments, and spirituality to students at Creighton Preparatory School and also worked with incarcerated men at San Quentin Prison. One of Fr. Lickteig’s great joys is the realization that Christ truly can be found in all things. “I feel like I have just entered into the fullness of God’s call to me. The past eleven years of formation have been spent in prayer, joy, struggle, education, and work. I have learned how to be cared for by the people of God and have been pushed to grow in ways that I never quite thought I would be. I am humbled to have found companionship here. During this time, I have been shaped by the kindness and hard work of my formators: men and women, religious and laypeople, those who worked as advisors, spiritual directors, and confidants. My own family, too, has been a never-ending source of grace and support. It is their love and their model of faith that gave me the blueprint for growing in the Spirit.” —Fr. Paul Lickteig, SJ
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Formation for the Greater Glory of God On June 9, Fr. Bill Blazek, SJ, was ordained at the age of 47 after journeying down the long road of Jesuit formation. In the past, Jesuits were ordained to the priesthood in their late 20s and early 30s. Nowadays, men enter the novitiate later in life, after their undergraduate (and sometimes graduate) studies, or even after years in their professional careers. After an honorable career in the military and in the medical profession, Fr. Blazek entered the Jesuits in his mid-30s and spent eleven years in Jesuit formation that included rigorous study and demanding apostolic work. For him—and for all Jesuits regardless of age—our formation has a single aim: to render a Jesuit available and able to serve the Church through
the worldwide mission of the Society of Jesus. Formation prepares each Jesuit to serve where the needs are greatest—not for his own glory, but for the greater honor and glory of God. Jesuits are missioned by their provincial superiors to serve on many different fronts, from pastoral ministry in a parish or retreat house, to education in one of our many high schools or universities, to direct ministry among the poor and marginalized, to international missionary work. In each case, we are called and formed to serve the People of God and to make a positive impact in the world. The generosity of the many benefactors of the Chicago-Detroit Province makes it possible for men who have discerned a Je-
suit vocation to be formed as true apostles of Jesus Christ, ready to be sent wherever they might be most needed. Let us pray for Fr. Bill Blazek and for the eleven other Jesuits in the US who were ordained this past June. They may come to priesthood a bit older than Jesuit scholastics did a generation or more ago, but they do come to priesthood formed in the same rich tradition of Jesuit formation that St. Ignatius Loyola himself prescribed for the members of his Company 500 years ago. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam! n Fr. Raymond Guiao, SJ, is the provincial assistant for formation for the Chicago-Detroit Province.
A Vocation for the Whole Family
ather Lothar L. Nurnberger, SJ, was born in 1910. He grew up in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood where he attended the local public grade school. His father was an accomplished musician, one of the original members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Religion was not an influence in the Nurnberger house insofar as Lothar’s mother was a fallenaway Catholic and his father was a Freemason. When Lothar found out his best friend would be attending nearby Jesuit-run Loyola Academy (now in Wilmette, Illinois), he talked his parents into allowing him to attend also. He recalls being taken aback when a priest at Loyola asked him his religious affiliation. He thought it important that he be “something” so he replied, “My name is Nurnberger so I must be Lutheran.” Lothar explains, “The time I spent at Loyola Academy not only brought me to Catholicism, but also the rest of my family. My mother returned to Father Nurnberger was ordained in the Church 1944 when this photo was taken. after a long
separation and even my father converted to Catholicism through the good efforts of Fr. Ignatius Kircher, SJ. Through Loyola Academy, my family was given a great gift.” Father Kircher, SJ, Lothar’s former Latin, English, and Math teacher during his freshman year at the Academy, and Fr. Samuel Knox Wilson, SJ, a history teacher at Loyola University Chicago, were great influences on the future Jesuit. “While I
Life is a gift from God. As Jesuits, we are responsible for building a culture of life. had been baptized as an infant,” Lothar explains, “I did not receive my First Holy Communion until I was 14 years old. In 1924, on my birthday, Fr. Kircher gave me my First Holy Communion. I was confirmed three years later at my parish, St. Jerome’s, with the much younger children from the parish grade school.” The Jesuits at Loyola Academy and Loyola University Chicago had such a strong impact on this young man that he decided to become one of them. He entered the Society of Jesus at the age of 22 after graduating from Loyola University and spending a year with the Mars Candy Company as a salesman. He says, “During my year at Mars I came to realize that I belonged in the Jesuits. Father Wilson be-
Father Lothar Nurnberger, SJ, joined the Jesuits in 1932 at the age of 22. At 102, he is the oldest Jesuit in the United States.
came my patron in the Society. My mother and father were satisfied with my decision because they felt it would help me behave better.” When asked if there were any surprises about the novitiate, Fr. Nurnberger responded, “There were no girls!” As the oldest living Jesuit in the US, Fr. Nurnberger has high hopes for the future of the Society. He passed along these words of wisdom to all the men recently ordained and those entering the Society this year, “Life is a gift from God. As Jesuits, we are responsible for building a culture of life.” n
V O C AT I O N S
From a Childhood Vocation to a Life of Brotherly Service By Br. John Buchman, SJ
M Meet the New Vocations Director, Fr. James Prehn, SJ Q: What first made you consider joining the Jesuits? A: I was inspired to join the Jesuits by a mixture of ideas and people. I was very attracted to the entrepreneurial sense of the Society as shown through its history. Also, the idea of being able to do a number of different things in my professional life; there was never one thing that Jesuits do that I felt I wanted to do forever. I was impressed by Jesuits that I had met throughout my life, their intellectual curiosity, intellectual confidence, and how different each Jesuit was. Q: What has pleasantly surprised you? A: Since being ordained, I have been surprised at how comfortable and happy I am as a Jesuit; this is who I really am. It’s hard for me to imagine my life as anything else. Q: What do you find most challenging about being a Jesuit? A: Trying to find ways to confront the superficiality that is so pervasive in our culture. As Jesuits, we have a responsibility to break through the noise of our culture to show people God’s love and invite them into a deeper relationship with God through things like the Spiritual Exercises and Ignatian Retreats. Q: What are you most looking forward to as vocations director? A: I look forward to helping young men reflect deeply on what they want from life, and what God wants for them. Q: What advice can you give to someone considering joining the Jesuits? A: I would tell someone to consider whether they have a generous heart, a flexible spirit, and a sense of humor that they would like to put all together at the service of the Society’s mission alongside companions who share the same qualities. To read the full interview with Fr. Jim Prehn, SJ, please visit www.jesuits-chgdet.org and click the red web icon as shown here.
y vocation dates all the way back to grade school. I started getting a lot of literature and things from the nuns who thought I should be a priest, but it didn’t appeal to me. I also had never thought about being a brother. I thought, “Well, I don’t know.” One day my pastor came to me and said he had received a letter from the Brothers in Milford, Ohio. The Brothers in Milford were sending letters to all the priests in Indianapolis saying that if they had any young men who might be interested in the brotherhood, they should mention Milford and the Jesuits because the Jesuits had brothers. I said, “Well, it sounds interesting.” Then my pastor said, “Why don’t we go and investigate this place in Milford? I’ll drive you down there.” I said, “That’ll be wonderful.” We had a day off from school in May and Father said, “Let’s drive down there and see the place.” We spent the whole day there, meeting everybody and enjoying meals with the community. That was my first interaction with the Jesuits and from that moment on I was hooked; my heart was set on Milford.
Sixty years later, I still love the Jesuits as much as I did on my first trip to Milford. A while later, one morning after Mass, Fr. John asked my mother, “Has he decided? Is he doing anything?” She said, “He hasn’t said anything.” So when my mother came home, she started talking a little bit about it and asking, “What do you want to do?” I said, “Well, I don’t know. I am at the point where I have to decide whether I want to go to college or enter religious life. Since I met the people at Milford and I like the place and everything about it, I think maybe it would be a good idea to join religious life right now at 18. That way, if I don’t like it or if it doesn’t come out right,
Br. John Buchman, SJ, joined the Jesuits in 1952 and has worked in the kitchen of numerous institutions including the Bellarmine School of Theology in Aurora, Illinois, for 5 years and Brebeuf Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana, for 40 years.
I can still come out young enough.” Both of my parents were extremely supportive (they always wanted a religious in the family), and in September, they drove me to Milford. I entered with another young fellow coming in as a Brother, and Fr. Paul Cavanaugh thought the two of us could go through the course together. He lasted 10 days and then left, but I liked it and stuck it out. Sixty years later, I still love the Jesuits as much as I did on my first trip to Milford. Over the years, I have met and enjoyed the company of many good religious men in the Society of Jesus. By their example, they helped me to serve and love my Lord and my God, and to honor our Blessed Lady better as a Jesuit Brother. n Br. John Buchman, SJ, currently resides at the Colombiere Jesuit Community while he performs community service and prays for the Church and Society.
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Filling our buckets with gratitude In 1979, at the age of 19, Steve Fatum traveled to India to meet with Fr. Ed Daly, SJ (his father’s high school roommate), in hopes of understanding the “bigger picture” and finding the missing puzzle pieces in his life. Since then, Fr. Daly has returned to the states every five years to visit with Steve, his wife Maria, and their two sons. In March 2012, Steve made the long trek to India to meet with Fr. Daly and express his gratitude in person. Here, Steve explains why he and his wife support the Jesuits.
n today’s world, there are so many great organizations doing important work that it is difficult to decide which causes to support. One strategy that has worked for us comes from the world of investments. It’s diversification. My wife and I identify “buckets” for our gifts. Just as we allocate funds by investment classification, we allocate gifts by charitable objectives. Categories might include: geography (international and domestic charities), needs (such as spiritual, artistic, educational and humanitarian causes), loyalty (alma mater, church and schools), gratitude (recognition
of family members or close friends), or personal interests (music, research areas, or hobbies). By supporting the Jesuits, we can fill several “buckets” at the same time. For example, we have supported Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and the Chicago Jesuit Academy in Chicago, which help to meet educational, spiritual, and humanitarian needs locally. We also support the work of our longtime friends Frs. Edwin Daly, SJ, in India, and Kevin Flaherty, SJ, in Peru, which helps to meet spiritual and humanitarian needs internationally. In addition, we give funds that support the training of seminarians, which can be particularly satisfying because we know each seminarian has the potential to touch deeply the lives of many people over the course of a lifetime. But there’s more. When we support Jesuit initiatives, we feel like we are participating in important ministries that make a difference. We have tremendous confidence that any work undertaken by the Jesuits will be not only high quality, but also rooted in Ignatian spirituality, which for us means the return on the contribution will be even more fulfilling.
Stephen Fatum and longtime friend Fr. Edwin Daly, SJ, enjoy a visit with Steve’s twin sons, Michael (left) and John (right) in Wilmette, Illinois. Fr. Daly’s friendship has been a source of inspiration for the Fatum’s gifts to the Jesuits over the years.
By Stephen Fatum
In 1959, Fr. Edwin Daly, SJ, celebrates his priestly ordination in India.
When we make gifts, we often do so in honor of specific Jesuits. This allows us to express our gratitude in a personal way for how they have inspired and touched our lives. By their example, the Jesuits have taught us the importance of asking good questions that get to the heart of an issue, creating relationships that can help to solve problems, and reaching out to lend a hand when others are reluctant to do so. While people often like to separate the worlds of intellect and faith, the Jesuits demonstrate how they can be integrated. For example, they encourage their students and others to seek answers that do not show blind faith, but rather thoughtful reasoning based on personal experience and a quest for knowledge. In this manner, the Jesuits have encouraged us to “pursue the truth with love.” Our Jesuit mentors and friends live by the motto, “contemplatives in action.” They use their talents to make a difference in the lives of others, day in and day out, in whatever work they discern God is calling them to do. By being men for, with, and among others, our Jesuit friends inspire us to do the same—in our family, with our friends, in our work, and in our community. n 7
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