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!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Meet 3 of My Brothers!

I live with 19 other men discerning the life in the Society of Jesus, as a Jesuit priest or brother.  Their average age is about 28.  One of the graces of Jesuit life is that we have all kinds of men with whom to share community.  Below I feature both the youngest and the oldest in our house.  In coming weeks, I hope to feature a few more!  Enjoy!

Dr. Kevin Embach, nSJ
Age: 51
Degrees: Bachelor of Science (BS), Doctor of Medicine(MD), Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (MPH)
Major Previous Occupations: Practiced and taught Internal Medicine in an Internal 

Medicine Residency Program for 18 yrs.
Passions/Interests: Society of Jesus, medicine, Ignatian spirituality
Role Models/Inspirations: Parents, Uncles, Blessed Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, Presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy

Hobbies: Power Boats, Sailing, Photography and Golf
Favorite Sports Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Reason he joined the Jesuits: Personal invitation from Christ; the "Invitation of a Lifetime"
Favorite parts of being a Jesuit: Helping others find Christ, the great brotherhood in the Society of Jesus

Ken Homan, nSJ
Age: 20
Degrees: None, but started history and theology majors with a minor in justice and peace studies; will likely finish with a major in history and philosophy
Previous Occupations: Dock boy (2 summers), tutor (a lot), wrestling coach (3 years and still going), National Park Service Tour Guide at Wind Cave National Park (1 summer,, Mission Coordinator for Creighton Students Union (1 year), student
Passions/Interests: weight training, wrestling, climbing trees, hiking, environmental conservation, activism, human rights, social justice, writing poetry and stories (non-fiction), history, theology, giving John Roselle a bad time :)
Hobbies: whittling, playing piano, writing poetry, weight training, wrestling, hiking, pretty much see passions/interests
Favorite Sports Teams: Anything Jr. Billikens, but mostly the wrestling team; I bleed SLUH blue
Reason he joined the Jesuits: To serve God and humanity
Favorite part of being a Jesuit:  the opportunities to continue learning and growing; opportunities to serve others and speak out for human rights around the world; good variety of new people to meet and become friends with, whether in ministry or community


Greg Ostediek, nSJ
Degrees: BA, English; BS, Mechanical Engineering; MA, English; MS, Mechanical Engineering (almost done!)
Major Previous Occupation: Navy officer (13 years)
Passions/Interests: Teaching
Role Models/Inspirations: My father
Hobbies: Running, reading, martial arts, sailing
Favorite Sports Teams: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Ohio State University Buckeyes
Reason he joined the Jesuits: God called me
Favorite parts of being a Jesuit: The Spiritual Exercises; the outstanding formation and training

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