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, August 20, 2011
Friday night Shakespeare
Last night 5 of us from Chicago drove about two hours to go see one of our older Jesuit brothers, Joe Hoover, in a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Joe is a truly talented actor; he has been in many other shows and even worked in New York City for awhile before joining the Jesuits. I was with Joe for two years on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation at a Jesuit high school. There I was able to see the spectacular fruits of his directing students in various plays. For this show, he was Malvolio, which is a highly comedic role. He owned the stage, and it was cool to finally see him front-and-center in his own element. It was also a good chance to get out of the big city, take in some culture, and support a brother.