Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ,
provincial of the USA Midwest Province Jesuits
60 years of "Colaboración" — Serving the Needs of the People of Peru
Before I introduce our fall/winter magazine, I want to address an important moment in the life of the Church. Like many of you, I was outraged and saddened at the revelations and aftermath of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. As provincial of the Midwest Jesuits, I want to reassure you that we have no tolerance for sexual abuse by our members, and that Jesuit leadership is subject to the same policies as the rest of our membership. Let us continue to pray for healing graces for all victim-survivors of abuse in our Church, for atonement by all of us collectively for these egregious sins—for “what we have done, and what we have failed to do”—and for light to guide us forward as a church, the body of Christ in our world. My full statement on this matter is available on our website. I also invite you to review our safe environment policies.
Since the founding of the Society of Jesus, our mission as Jesuits has been to go out into the world to serve where the needs are greatest. Four hundred and fifty years ago, the Jesuits saw a need to serve as missionaries in South America. Today, we carry on that tradition in the region, most notably with our sister province in Peru.
In this issue, you will read about how our relationship with the Peruvian province came to be, how it has evolved, and how Jesuits today carry on the work of the priests and brothers before them. I had the opportunity to visit Peru this past summer and saw the amazing ministry they offer in the service of faith and the promotion of justice. While we have come so far in our work of evangelization and the struggle for equality and justice, we still have work to do. I invite you to learn more about how you—our collaborators in ministry—can help to support our international missions.
I hope you enjoy the many news items and articles in this issue and see the ways in which we and our lay partners are responding to Saint Ignatius’s call to be women and men for others. As we anticipate the blessings of Advent and a new Christmas season, we ask for your prayers. Please know of our prayers for you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Brian G. Paulson, SJ
Provincial, USA Midwest Province
Father Brian Paulson, SJ, provincial of the Midwest Jesuits (left), with Fr. Juan Carlos Morante Buchhammer, SJ, (right) provincial of the Peru Province.
October 21, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Edward J. Mattimoe, SJ, who died on October 20, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.
October 16, 2019 - Having converted to Catholicism when I was 17, I had toyed with the idea of the priesthood and religious life for some years, but my discernment had grown much more serious of late. And while my attraction to the priesthood was sincere, so was my aversion to being a parish priest. I enjoyed academics, and I wanted to teach.
October 15, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John V. White, SJ, who died on October 12, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 90 years old. May he rest in peace.
October 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ, who died on October 10, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 95 years old. May he rest in peace.