On St. Ignatius Day (July 31st), there is an annual tradition at Villa of a softball game of "Novices vs. the World," with "the World" meaning everyone at villa who is not a novice. For instance, a regular pitcher was a 74 year old who says he runs 5 miles every other day (gosh I hope I can be like that someday!).
Before the game, I overheard someone say that "the World always wins." I don't know if this is true, but it sure wasn't this year! Our novices came back from behind to win 11-8, with yours truly getting two hits. It was quite a victory to behold.
One of the best parts of Villa is the inter-generational nature of it. Some of these Jesuits have been coming here for 40 or more years. Indeed, one of them just recently preached on how it has been a "still point" in his formation process, a home to always back to, in the midst of all the transitions of life. Indeed, there is a lot to learn from these men. I spent one night chatting about technology until 10 o'clock with a world-renowned Jesuit photographer, Fr. Don Doll.
After the baseball game, a novice and I went to go walk and pray the Rosary. We quickly came upon an 80 year-old Jesuit who evidently had the same idea. We asked if he wanted to join us, and so we prayed together along the road. At the end when we parted ways, you could really see it in his eyes that he appreciated and enjoyed that prayer with the younger generation.
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!