Howard Craig, Provincial Assistant for Advancement for the Midwest Jesuits
Included with a gift to support the Jesuit novitiate in Arusha, Tanzania, was a rock. Collected from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the rock serves as a reminder that we are called to become like “living stones” building God’s spiritual house.
$20,000 and a Rock
By Howard Craig
Most of the time, my work day is fairly predictable and constant. But every once in a while, something leaps out of the humdrum to jolt me and remind me that God is good and you, our benefactors, are faithful. Recently, I received a package at the province office. Curious, I opened the package to find a note, a rock, and a gift for one of our works in Tanzania, Eastern Africa. The note explained it all:
I have enclosed… $20,000 to support the work of the Novitiate in Arusha… to provide an ample, safe, clean water supply [and] for repainting their buildings…. Finally, as a remembrance of our shared interest in supporting the Jesuits’ mission… I have enclosed a small volcanic rock that I collected at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 1 Peter 2:4-5 calls us to become like “living stones” building His spiritual house. May this work help fulfill that call.
Like this benefactor, our support of the Jesuits makes us partners in their mission. As partners, we have some part in building God’s spiritual house, making the greatest impact where there is the greatest need. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your faithful support of the Midwest Jesuits. Help us build that legacy, that spiritual house made of “living stones.”
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January 17, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Eugene F. Merz, SJ, who was called to eternal life on January 16, 2019, around 5:30 a.m. Gene died at Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was eighty-seven years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.
January 16, 2019 — It was a homecoming fifty years in the making. In 2016, Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ, moved to the Colombiere Center near Detroit, where elder Jesuits live in community, receive the healthcare they need, and pray for the Church and the Society. It was not Fr. Bukala’s first time at Colombiere, however.
January 9, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John “Jack” R. Crocker, SJ, who died on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.