Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ Provincial USA Midwest Province Jesuits
With Others. For Others. The Campaign for Senior Jesuit Healthcare
Since the creation of the new Midwest Province, it has been a great joy to travel throughout the 12-state region to meet with Jesuits and visit our ministries. Along the way, I have been honored to meet many existing and new friends and benefactors. I am filled with gratitude for the good work we do together, and I have deep hope for our future. The Jesuit mission is alive and well in the Midwest.
Following the ordination of 13 new Jesuit priests this past summer, 15 young men professed their first vows, and we welcomed 7 novices into the Society (see pages 4-5). I am confident that these Jesuits will continue to live out the example set by St. Ignatius in their new roles and studies. Please join me in praying for these Jesuits as they strive to set the world on fire!
In this issue of Jesuits magazine, you also will learn more about our With Others. For Others. Campaign for Senior Jesuit Healthcare.
Jesuit Frs. Brian Paulson, provincial of the USA Midwest Province (left), and Doug Leonhardt, superior of the St. Camillus senior Jesuit healthcare community(right), at the construction site of the St. Camillus community expansion.
As we face a record number of senior Jesuits in need of healthcare, this $25 million capital campaign is essential to meet our healthcare needs today and for the future. Your vital support is a way to give thanks to the Jesuits who have positively impacted you and so many others through their lives of service.
During this season of Thanksgiving and New Life, please be assured of our gratitude and prayers.
I thank you for your consideration and prayers. Also in this issue we celebrate some of the ways the Jesuits and our lay colleagues are serving at the frontiers through theatre, prison ministry, Native American ministry, and much more.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ
USA Midwest Province Jesuits
May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.
April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.
April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?