Personal Introduction

Welcome! My name is John Roselle, SJ, and I took lifelong ("perpetual") vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Jesuit on August 13th, 2011 after a two-year novitiate. I am now a Jesuit Scholastic for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. I will study philosophy and theology for the next three years at Loyola University in Chicago. At the same time, I will do part-time ministry in some capacity with the poor. After that, I will likely teach for three years before finishing three more years of theology. Then, God willing, I will be ordained a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest! It's a long road, but a blessed, fun, and enriching one. This blog exists as a resource for friends, family, and others who are interested in my progress through the Jesuit process of formation. Every day is its own adventure, and I am happy to have you along with me to share in this. This blog contains my own personal thoughts and should not be taken to speak for the entire Society of Jesus. Feel free to contact me. God bless you!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Past Week in Review

Where did the last week go? Somewhere, but unfortunately it didn't go to much blogging in all of the busy-ness. Well, here were a few highlights that come to mind:
  • My second-year class had a scheduled discussion about the meaning of chastity and how we live it as young Jesuits, who are living the vows and preparing to take vows
  • I went to a really nice fund-raising dinner for the Listening House (where I work with the homeless) at a beautiful hotel, getting to meet some of the supporters of this charity and hear testimonies of the great work it does
  • I had a total of 5 guests over during the week, which is always a pleasure since I enjoy hosting and hospitality at the house. One of my friends, Carl Knudson, even had to stay the night (although he lives a mile and a half away) because of severe freezing rain
  • I created a funny Christmas puppet show with two of my brothers that we are hoping to perform for kids in schools and parishes this Advent
  • I went to my usual classes of Advanced Spanish (twice a week), the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus (twice a week), and Catholic Social Thought (once a week)
  • I did my usual ministries of accompanying the homeless and teaching English as a second language, both of which are filled with rich connections with people I really care about
  • I caught up with some important people in my life, including a student from Red Cloud that graduated two years ago and is a joy to talk to

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