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, March 5, 2011

My Poem in Honor of the Sisters

It is amazing how just four passionate sisters (from a congregation of 108 sisters whose average age is 28) could generate as much interest as they did at John Carroll, providing their charism of spiritual motherhood and even inspiring some young women to consider the religious vocation.  In honor of them, I am sharing this short poem I wrote following their visit. 


As the morning glories of purest white
Are summoned by the radiant dawn,
So too do souls unfold
Before the light of young sisters
Responding to Christ’s call.

Married indeed to Jesus,
A reminder to us of God's eternal Love,
These brides are far from barren
But instead can be mother to all.

Through their sacrifice and joy
In hearts they light fires of faith,
Revealing to the world like Mary,
God's Son of truth and grace.

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