April 12, 2017 — For many people, food is very much a part of the Lenten experience — whether it’s a meatless Friday dinner, a parish fish fry, or saying goodbye to chocolate for 40 days.
For Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of
Canada and the US, his mother’s Friday evening meals during Lent are among his greatest childhood
His mother cooked unique dishes from her own childhood, recipes that she brought
with her from Italy. “We grew to love those meals,” Fr. Kesicki says.
He still tries to make it to his mom’s for at least one Friday meal
during Lent. Her dinners, he says, helped him realize that giving something up
isn’t merely doing without. “It’s a change of life, it’s a change of focus, it’s
January 17, 2018 — “If I saw You on the street / and You said come and follow me…” These words from the song “You Can Have Me” by Sidewalk Prophets came on the radio one summer day. I had just graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and the words spoke to me in a life-changing way.
January 10, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Thomas F. Ankenbrandt, SJ, who died on January 8, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.