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, July 30, 2011

On Vacation

Greetings from Waupaca, Wisconsin, which the site of our province's "villa."  I have heard that St. Ignatius believed that Jesuits should have a place to recreate away from the cities where they typically worked.  I don't know if that's true, but it sure is a good idea!  We vacation in an 80 year old-or-so building on the "Chain of Lakes" here.  It is nothing luxurious (trust me!), but it is pleasant.  Indeed, as usual, we find ourselves richly blessed.  Common actitivities at villa are boating, cards, movies, reading, and catching up with brothers. 

I did not grow up spending time on lakes, so this is fairly new to me.  Last year on villa-vacation, which we made instead at the Detroit Provinces's location, I finally gained my waterskiing legs.  This astounded in particular one of my brothers who evidently didn't think I had the coordination to accomplish such a feat ("O ye of little faith").  In any case, this time of "certified R and R" is meant for us to slow down and soak up the good things, as a change to the usual go-go-go of life. 

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