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The Worldwide Society Dear Friends, Whenever I return to the US from international travel, US Border Patrol always ask, “What do you do?” and I respond, “Catholic Priest.” Then they thumb through my passport and after seeing my many visas and stamps, ask, “Why do you take all of these trips?” In their view, priests are in parishes on Sundays, not traveling to multiple countries. When I begin to explain the role of a Jesuit provincial and the worldwide mission of the Society of Jesus, they then stamp my I-94 re-entry form and say, “Welcome home.” I don’t expect that everyone understands the global dimension of a Jesuit’s vocation and the relationship that Jesuits in Chicago or Detroit have with Jesuits in Nairobi or KOD AK 506 3 TX

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Where in the World Is Fr. Kesicki? 1. Peru mission luncheon with Fr. Miguel Cruzado, SJ, Provincial of Peru (left) and Fr. James Gartland, SJ 2. Celebrating 109 years of Jesuit service at John H. Stroger Hospital with Cardinal Francis George, OMI, and Jesuits Eugene Nevins, Joel Medina, and Robert Finn 3. Mass of celebration at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago

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Lima. But I do know that many of you have friends and family who serve the church in faraway places. I also know that the international vocation of Jesuits has been helped tremendously by you, our devoted companions. This December, I will travel to Eastern Africa and visit their provincial to renew our shared ministerial commitments. In the upcoming year, I will make my first visit to Beijing to visit one of our scholastics who now serves the growing Jesuit mission. This past summer I took my first steps in one of my ancestral homelands, Poland, at the invitation of the Jesuit provincial in Krakow. For the past 75 years, Polish Jesuits have served in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and they wanted to strengthen this historic relationship between our provinces. During these trips I continue to remember Saint Ignatius Loyola’s desire that we Jesuits go out into the world filled with zeal KOD AK 506 3 TX

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4. Bihar, India, with Br. James Boynton, SJ 5. Receiving an honorary degree by John Carroll University’s president, Fr. Robert Niehoff, SJ (middle), and board member, Mr. Michael Hardy (class of 1969) 6. Summer pilgrimage to the Holy Land with fellow US provincials

for the Gospel. Sometimes though, I don’t have to travel to engage the broader world. Each year I host a number of foreign provincials who send their men to work and study in the Chicago-Detroit Province. We are blessed by these international relationships and I know that together we can grow the worldwide mission of the Society of Jesus in the years to come. Thanks, especially during this season of gratitude and giving, for your support of the Society. You and your loved ones are in our prayers. Sincerely yours in Christ,

Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ Provincial KOD AK 506 3 TX

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Partners Winter 2012  

Partners is a publication of the Chicago-Detroit Midwest Jesuits

Partners Winter 2012  

Partners is a publication of the Chicago-Detroit Midwest Jesuits

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