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!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Questions for Vocation

The 3 Big Questions of Vocation
1) What brings me life?  (think: passions, what I really enjoy doing)
2) What am I good at (or could become good at)?  (think: skills, talents, etc.--whether they are known or yet-to-be-discovered and developed)
3) What does the world need? (think: what stirs compassion and commitment to others' well-being)

*One's vocation encompasses the answers to all 3 of these questions (in other words, where they intersect)
** Credit goes to Fr. Michael Himes for parts of this inquiry


  1. Hi John!

    Terrific work with the blog! I have enjoyed reading some of your insightful posts they have been helpful for me. It sounds like you are doing well. Keep up the good work and be assured of my continued prayers.

    God bless,

    Tom Heaston

  2. I like this post. These 3 questions may become printed out, and stuck up somewhere in my room to remind me of how to be more intentional in including God in my life. This is like examen meets vocation discernment :)