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.
February 14, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Daniel L. Flaherty, SJ, who died at 2:20 p.m. (EST) on February 13, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 89 years old. Dan was provincial of the Chicago Province from 1973-1979. May he rest in peace.
February 13, 2019 — Ever since middle school I had loved science, but I also remembered many of the stories my mom told of the Jesuits she knew in India. So in high school when I first thought of a religious vocation the Jesuits came to mind immediately, even though I’d never met one!
February 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ, who died at 7:47 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.
January 28, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Timothy J. Shepard, SJ, who died at 4:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was two days short of 73 years old. May he rest in peace.