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!

Friday, January 14, 2011

The First 2 Weeks at John Carroll

Well, I've been working and living at John Carroll for the past two weeks, and it has been a joyful time so far.  Sure, it's still the "honeymoon" phase, but everyone so far has been so welcoming and supportive.  Students are just now arriving, because classes don't actually begin until this Tuesday.  So what have I been doing?  Here are a few things:

  • Living with about 10 other Jesuits across the street from the University.  These are wonderful men, full of wisdom, grace, and joy.  Many are in their 70s, although a couple are in their 40s.  It's amazing how the Jesuit brotherhood transcends age.  I feel they appreciate me and believe in me.  We gather each night for social and dinner, which is a time of good fellowship
  • Meeting and working with my new colleagues in Campus Ministry, learning about their programs (such as retreats, service trips, and small faith communities) and plugging myself into what they are doing.  The Campus Ministry team are true professionals with a lot of experience serving students from many faith backgrounds
  • Getting situated into my new office in Student, organizing, making it a hospitable place for students and co-workers to come by and chat (complete with a bowl of good candy on the desk :)
  • Preparing and delivering a presentation on vocation (in the sense of each person's unique calling in life)  to 55 student leaders of various organizations
  • Hanging out with buddies, both old and new, going out to eat, to a movie, or just lounging around

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