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!


I am a bit of a connoisseur of contemporary Christian music.  It gets a bad rap by many, and I admit that it isn't the most refined form of art, but then again the Gospels were written in a fairly simple form of Greek, which was initally a turn-off for even St. Augustine as a young man!  Like a lot of things, Christian music is more about its substance than its style.  However, I do think there are some excellent Christian songs out there.  Check out a few below and see what you think.  I also recommend Air1, which you can stream on your computer or find on your local radio station.  Here's their website:

"Shine" by David Crowder Band

"I Lift My Hands" by Chris Tomlin

"Does Anybody Hear Her?" by Casting Crowns
"You Love Me Anyway" by Sidewalk Prophets
(below is the video with an amazing testimony inserted)

"Walk by Faith" by Jeremy Camp

"Give Me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath

"Light up the Sky" by The Afters

"Forgiven" by Sanctus Real

"Beautiful, Beautiful" by Francesca Battistelli

"Children of God" by Third Day

"Everything I Need" by Kutless

"The Unwinding Cable Car" by Anberlin

"Manifesto" by The City Harmonic

"Free to be Me" by Francesca Battistelli

"You are More" by Tenth Avenue North

"What Love Really Means” by JJ Heller

"Lead Me" by Sanctus Real

“Love is Here” by Tenth Avenue North

“The Lost Get Found” by Britt Nicole

“God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes

“More Beautiful You” by Jonny Diaz