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, December 4, 2010

Puppets for Others

Tomorrow is the debut of our puppet Christmas program. We are first performing it for our brothers and then taking it on the road for schools and parishes. If you are interested in a synopsis, here it is:

In our "A Frog's Christmas" puppet show, four creative Jesuit novices portray the struggle of Schwan--a little frog--in his search for God. Feeling lost, Schwan meets a somewhat egotistical flamingo who introduces him to several new friends who teach him more about God and about himself. He also meets a mean alligator named Tooth-face who challenges his newfound faith in God. Eventually he comes to a realistic awareness of himself as a loved sinner, who can see that God has come to Earth as a child on Christmas. This show is aimed at kids from kindergarten to fourth grade, and it aims to make some of the themes of the Spiritual Exercises fun and accessible for this age group. It is hilarious, insightful, engaging, and relevant to people of all ages. Similar shows have regaled kids and adults in school, parish, and other settings. "A Frog's Christmas" is between 15-20 minutes long, and can include extra time for questions, audience participation, and other elements as desired by the school or parish.


  1. Sounds like a great show, which I'm sure will be a great blessing to the schools and parishes you'll be visiting. Keep up the good work there on and on the blog - prayers for you and the other novices,

    Joe K sj

  2. What a fantastic show, John! A "gweat" use of the famous Schwan!