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!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Why do I have a blog?

I can't say that the word "blogger" is something with which I identify. I hardly have ever read a blog. I am too busy dipping into all sorts of interesting books that I can never seem to finish! Plus, the word "blog" seems to conjure up a lot of angry, self-absorbed, or gossip-like filler on the Internet. So, why I am I now "blogging"? Well, I suppose because other people read blogs, and as Jesuits tend to do, I am "going to where the people are" in order to reach them.

I have thought about creating a blog for some time as a way of plugging more people into what I am doing. Even though I'm surrounded by a great, close-knit community, I am keenly aware that there are a lot of people in my life with whom I am not in communication. Although it would be better to speak one-on-one, if that doesn't work out, at least those who are curious can track me from a distance. I truly would prefer to talk over the phone, email, or letter, so please don't hesitate to email me at and we can set up a time to talk.

Another reason that I am blogging is as a way of sharing with a wider audience the experience of a single young person who feels called to religious life and the priesthood. I am fairly new to this way of life, but I have greatly benefited from it already. It is a true sacrifice and a gift of my life. It is also a great way to grow as a human being and to live for God and for others. I welcome anyone to contact me with any questions, thoughts, ideas, etc. about this vocation or anything else that this blog raises for them.

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