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
For Fr. James (Jim) Creighton, SJ, the desire to know God’s will began in Chicago. “As a teenager at Saint Ignatius College Prep, I viewed the priesthood as a vocation ‘higher’ than any other way of life,” he recalls. “Later, as a novice in the Society of Jesus at Milford, Ohio, it became obvious that there is a higher way of life, regardless of occupation or vocation. And that is seeking the will of God.”