By Paddy Gilger, SJAs I write these words, I’ve been an ordained priest for 11 entire days, which makes one day for each year I’ve been a member of the Society of Jesus. If there’s one thing that can be said for sure about the Jesuit road to the priesthood, it’s this: it’s long. But why? Why so long? It’s a good question and a fair one. The [...]
By Eric Immel, SJMy closest companions have been having babies left and right these past two years. Most recently, Katie gave birth to a behemoth baby boy named Oliver—9 lbs. 13 oz.; she and her husband Logan are first time parents. My sister and her husband Devin welcomed Zadie into the world; I am now a proud godfather. Emily and John have Peter, with another on the way. [...]
By Paul Coelho, SJAt a conference that I attended in Boston recently, the moderator of the panel discussion used a term I hadn’t heard before. Summing up what had been discussed, he concluded, “Young adults today are commitment-phobic.” Well, the term sounded professional and precise, but I wasn’t sure I agreed with him. Young people are by no means the only ones who suffer from this! A fear [...]
Seven men entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 24 at the Jesuit novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado in St. Paul, Minn. The men, for the U.S. Midwestern provinces and from various backgrounds and schools, begin their first two years of training to become Jesuit priests and brothers. They join 13 Jesuit novices who are already in their second year of training. First year novices [...]
Two men, Eric Immel and Matthew Donovan, pronounced First Vows in the Society of Jesus at the Church of St. Thomas More in St. Paul on Aug. 10. These vows of poverty, chastity and obedience follow two years of study, prayer and reflection at the novitiate in St. Paul. A picnic was held the night before the service, followed by a vigil and adoration. The [...]
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