Fall Winter 2015 - Assignments
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Jesuits in Education
Fr. Gilger
Fr. Klink
Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Gilger, SJ, began graduate studies in sociology at The New School in New York City. He was previously a sociology professor and associate pastor of St. John’s Parish at Creighton University. Fr. Peter Klink, SJ, has been named vice president for Mission and Identity at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He previously served in other capacities at Red Cloud: as school superintendent, president, community superior, and pastor at churches in Manderson and Porcupine.

Fr. McCann
Fr. McNulty
Fr. James McCann, SJ, was named senior vice president of the Gregorian University Foundation. He will be based in New York and will support the foundation’s apostolic mission of service to the Education Consortium of the Society of Jesus in Rome. Fr. McCann most recently served as rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, one of the consortium’s institutions. Fr. T. Michael McNulty, SJ, is the new scholar in residence at the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. He is also serving as a consultant to the provincial assistant for social and international ministries for the Midwest Jesuits. Fr. McNulty was previously a visiting scholar, while holding the Donald I. MacLean, S.J. Chair at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Fr. Merkel Fr. Nguyen Fr. Okwalo
Fr. Thomas Merkel, SJ, has been named vice president for mission and identity at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, as well as acting superior of the Brebeuf Jesuit Community. Fr. Peter Nguyen, SJ, has joined Creighton University’s Department of Theology as an assistant professor. He anticipates completing his doctorate in systematic theology at Regis College, University of Toronto, where he has explored the interior freedom that shaped the witness of World War II martyr Fr. Alfred Delp, SJ. Fr. Protas Opondo Okwalo, SJ, will hold the Anna & Donald Waite Chair in Jesuit Education at Creighton University. Fr. Okwalo is a Jesuit from the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus. The chair was established to bring qualified Jesuit scholars and teachers to Creighton.

Fr. Wendt
Fr. Shelton
Fr. Nathan Wendt, SJ, has been named special assistant to the president at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha. He will also serve as chaplain at the Jesuit Academy in Omaha. Fr. Wendt recently completed a pastoral year at Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit. Fr. Paul Shelton, SJ, has joined the Theology Department at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, following a pastoral year as associate pastor at St. Procopius Catholic Parish in Chicago.

Fr. Mueller

Fr. Paul Mueller, SJ, assumed the office of administrative vice director of the Vatican Observatory on September 18. Fr. Mueller will continue in his role as religious superior of the Jesuit community at the Vatican Observatory, which he has held since 2010, and divide his time between the community’s two residences in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, and Tucson, Ariz.

Fr. Blazek
Fr. Cooke Fr. Flack
Fr. William Blazek, SJ, has joined the team of retreat directors at Manresa House of Retreats in Convent, La. Fr. Blazek, who is also a physician and medical ethicist, previously served as director of the Integritas Institute for Ethics at the John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Fr. Phillip Cooke, SJ, has been appointed associate pastor at Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit and director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Detroit Mercy. He previously served as Jesuit social entrepreneur in residence at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. Fr. Robert Flack, SJ, has been named director of Spiritual Life at Saint Joseph College Seminary in Chicago. He previously served as a retreat director at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Ill.

Fr. Flaherty Fr. Schlegel  
Fr. James Flaherty, SJ, has been appointed pastor of Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. He replaces Fr. John Schlegel, SJ, who stepped down to care for his health. Fr. Flaherty previously served as associate pastor at Gesu, president of Nativity Jesuit Academy from 2011–2013, philosophy professor and campus minister at Marquette University, rector/superior of the Marquette University Jesuit Community, and associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Milwaukee.

Fr. Johnson
Fr. Reim
Fr. Christopher Johnson, SJ, has been named pastor of St. Agnes Church, Sacred Heart Church, and Christ the King Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He previously completed a pastoral year in service to the St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Fr. Daniel Reim, SJ, was named associate pastor at St. Procopius Catholic Parish in Chicago, after a sabbatical at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif., and time in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Fr. Reim previously served as associate pastor at St. Mary Student Parish on the campus of the University of Michigan, as well as superior of the Ann Arbor Jesuit Residence.
Jesuit Formation
Br. Cordero
Br. O'Grady Fr. Walsh
Br. Ralph Cordero, SJ, Br. Michael O’Grady, SJ, and Fr. Matthew Walsh, SJ, have joined five other Jesuits in the USA Tertianship program in Portland. Tertianship is typically made 10 to 15 years after the novitiate and at the end of a Jesuit’s professional training. It is a time for a Jesuit to deepen his commitment to the Society of Jesus. An important component of tertianship involves completing the Spiritual Exercises, which this year’s tertians began on October 1.
New Residents of the Senior Jesuit Community at Colombiere
Fr. Eugene Carmichael, SJ
Fr. M. Joseph Casey, SJ Fr. Robert Thul, SJ
New Residents of the Senior Jesuit Community at St. Camillus
Fr. Thaddeus Burch, SJ
Fr. Patrick Murphy, SJ Fr. James Ryan, SJ Fr. George Sullivan, SJ


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April 18, 2018 — We as a Church commemorate the moment Jesus went into the wilderness of the desert because the Spirit was leading him (Mk 1:12). I find the image of the Spirit leading Jesus powerful and true for all of us. My vocation in the Society has been where I am able to see the Spirit leading me beyond my awareness in the moment.

April 17, 2018 — Vanessa Solis, who has worked tirelessly to grow the elementary school of Nativity Jesuit Academy, will assume the position of principal on July 1, 2018.

April 16, 2018 — Young adults interested in a year of intentional community and service can now apply for the 2018-19 Ignatius House cohort in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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April 4, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Richard J. Hauser, SJ, who died on April 3, 2018, at the Creighton University Jesuit Community in Omaha, Nebraska. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.

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