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!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

An Epic Series: Catholicism

I was ecstatic (well, that might be overstating it a bit :) to find out today that Loyola's Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage has obtained Fr. Barron's epic new series Catholicism, which is being shown on PBS in some areas.  You have to check this out!  10 DVD's of showing the broad sweep of Catholicism across the world.

This is undoubtedly the best media re-presentation of the Catholic Faith in history (and that's NOT an over-statement) by our generation's Archbishop Fulton Sheen.  This is yet another example of how even during dark times, when the Church is assaulted from within and without, God is ever-renewing her so that she might be "the universal sacrament of salvation" to which she is called and for which she was formed by Christ.  Praise God!

Extended Preview of Catholicism:

Main Website for Catholicism:

Edgar Allen Poe and the Jesuits

A little late for Halloween, here is an article about the connections between Edgar Allen Poe and the Jesuits whom he esteemed:

Remembering a Heroic Jesuit Who Faced the Nazis

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Here is the story of a Bl. Rupert Mayer, a Jesuit who heroically faced the Nazis, whom the Church celebrates today:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Video on Saintliness

Here is a great short video for the Feast of All Saints, from Fr. Robert Barron:

                                                    The Conversion of St. Paul, by Caravaggio

A Remarkable New Saint

Happy All Saints Day!  It's a Holy Day of Obligation!

St. Gianna Beretta Molla: a modern wife, doctor, mother, and the last saint to be canonized by Bl. John Paul II.  Read about her truly remarkable story and see the beautiful icon of her:

For All Saints Day, here is an article on the Holy Father's words about the universal call to holiness: