By Fr. Jim Michalski, SJI never had a chance! A common pastime in our early Jesuit training was to swap vocation stories. We had always believed that prayer grounded each vocation, but it was particularly clear in my case. Two months before I entered, I noticed a card on mom’s table: A Mother’s Prayer for a Son’s Vocation. Hmmm! So I said, “Mom, how long have you been praying this?” [...]
By Eric Immel, SJI was fortunate to spend my summer in Northeast India. The Wisconsin Province has a long relationship with the Kohima Region, and it was my turn to make the trip, working and living with Jesuits who truly go to the frontiers. Here’s just a short story about one night in a village in Northeast India. I woke at 3 a.m., the result of two factors: [...]
By Fr. Paul Coelho, SJFreedom” was a catch word in my youth. It showed up in songs and posters. It inspired protests and social movements. It helped dismantle archaic institutions, questioned conventions, and stimulated the fight against racism, sexism, the Vietnam War and poverty. Freedom continues to be a catch word today. For most of us, freedom, in our humdrum busy lives, seems to be about having choices, about [...]
Br. Jim Boynton, SJ, is the new Vocation Director for the Chicago-Detroit Province (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio). Br. Jim is not a stranger to this work, having been the Vocation Director of the (former) Detroit Province. Br. Jim can be reached at CDTvocations@jesuits.org (313) 452.0023 .
On Aug. 16, ten men entered the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado in St. Paul, Minnesota. 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 were welcomed at the Novitiate by the seven second-year novices and the staff.
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