Reflections

July 18, 2017 — David Inczauskis, SJ, arrived at Oxford University with a deep love of the Gospels and St. Paul’s letters but little knowledge of how to pray in a personal way. Everything changed when a Jesuit priest entered the picture, bringing him to a personal relationship with Christ and helping him discover his own vocation in the Society of Jesus.

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May 16, 2017 — Luke Hansen did not even know what a Jesuit was until a game of darts in college, when he met a priest who encouraged him to apply to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Years later, Luke is preparing for ordination as a Jesuit priest after accompanying former Guantánamo Bay prisoners in Bermuda and serving all over the country.

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February 21, 2017 — José "Chuy" Camacho, SJ, moved to the United States from Mexico when he was 10 and entered the US Navy when he graduated from high school. By the time he was 39, his faith was calling him to a new life.

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November 22, 2016 — Bugs and endless rain greeted Jesuit Minh-Hoang Le when he arrived to teach in Northeast India. Months later, he still carries his students’ simple joy, an example that can transform each of our lives.

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August 18, 2016 — Br. Ken Homan, SJ, recounts his journey to becoming a modern Jesuit brother and explores why God called him to this particular vocation.

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May 20, 2016 — Jesuit regent Garrett Gundlach's formation and work at Red Cloud Indian School helps him surrender his steps to God's desires.

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January 27, 2016 — Matthew Ippel, SJ, professed first vows in 2015 and is currently in his first year of first studies at Loyola University Chicago. Read Matthew's reflection on how his encounters with others during his Jesuit life have laid a claim on him.

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Aaron Pierre, SJ, currently in his second year of First Studies at Loyola University Chicago, reflects on his prison ministry and shares how God's grace enabled him to find those inevitable points of human connection that eclipse the imaginary chasms which separate us from one another.

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Jesuit regent, Bryan Y. Norton, SJ, reflects on his past years as a Jesuit, and the gratitude he has for his life in the Society of Jesus.

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After studying philosophy in Lima, Peru and teaching at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Christopher Staab, SJ, finds himself a full time student of theology in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Read his reflection on finding beauty in simplicity on his journey through Jesuit formation.

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Lukas Laniauskas, SJ, currently studying theology at Berkeley and preparing for ordination this coming June, explains how serving as chaplain to the Berkeley Fire Department is the perfect parallel to his life journey as a Jesuit.

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"What are the differences between a job, a career, and a vocation?" Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, currently in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago, reflects on his desire to serve others through his Jesuit vocation.

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Joe Simmons, SJ, offers a lighthearted look at what life is like as one of the "Men in Black."

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Adam DeLeon, SJ, first felt a call to the priesthood during his grade school years in Cleveland, OH. It continued throughout his years at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High and at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

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Eric Immel, SJ, talks about his time serving the Lakota Sioux on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

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Vincent L. Strand, SJ, who entered the Jesuits after graduating from Marquette University in 2005, reflects on the experience of living and studying theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

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Thomas Bambrick, SJ, in the First Studies program at Fordham University in New York City, reflects on his Jesuit formation and the value of philosophy studies in preparing him to serve others.

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A jack-of-all trades, Michael Rossmann, SJ teaches, coaches and gives retreats at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam.

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