I was talking with my sister Kristina this weekend, who was just at the Ignatian Family Teach-in in Washington, D.C. This is a gathering of students at Jesuit high schools and universities (she goes to Creighton in Omaha), as well as others associated with the Jesuit mission. It is a time to learn, to fellowship, and to pray as fellow partners in the mission of St. Ignatius. At the gathering, she ran into a couple far-flung Jesuits who know me (one was a friend from college who joined the Jesuits and another who was my novice director last year).
I remember telling two of my sisters, Kristina and Rebecca, who visited my house a month ago for a whole week, that they could be really comfortable around the house with the 23 other guys living with me because "they are your brothers too." I think that may have struck them as a little hokey, and who could blame them; they had never met the guys! Yet quickly they were getting along famously with them, filling the house with laughter, going on outings with some of them, and really getting to know my housemates. By the end of the week they had left a note on the community bulletin board, gushing with gratitude, signed, "Love, Becky and Kristina."
And what do you know? This weekend when one of Kristina's friends at the Teach-in remarked about the two Jesuits she randomly bumped into there, Kristina said "they are my brothers." How's that for the Ignatian family?
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!