Charles Burns, SJ
Charles Burns, SJ

Joy

Born October 10, 1936 
Entered September 1, 1964

Resides San Diego, CA


While studying chemical engineering in 1957, my university opened a new option in biochemical engineering, and, along with four other students, I began a new program of studies. At that time, there were only four such programs in American universities. Surely, finding employment would never be a problem. 

  
Some years later, I joined a team of 2,000 scientists and engineers at a Department of Defense facility in Maryland. From day one, however, I felt uneasy about the work I was doing, but it was so challenging that it took me almost four years to “see the light.” Behind all the research, people in the Pentagon had a weapon of war in mind. Killing people (children!) with biological weapons! What a horror story!


My internal struggle led me to look at the Society of Jesus. It was like a dark cloud had lifted and the joy returned to my life.

Throughout the years, I have been a counselor, a teacher, a retreat director, a pastor, a spiritual director, and a local superior. These ministries led to my involvement in the work for justice and interreligious dialog, which included eight years on the board of the local Council of Churches.

It’s all been a joy!




CELEBRATING 75 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
John Kleinhenz, SJ

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
R. Gerard Albright, SJ John Bernbrock, SJ Matthew Creighton, SJ
James O’Reilly, SJ   Ralph Talkin, SJ

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
William Bichl, SJ Leo Cachat, SJ Francis Canfield, SJ
M. Joseph Casey, SJ Anthony Dagelen, SJ Frederick Deters, SJ
Norman Dickson, SJ John Foley, SJ William Gerut, SJ
Justin Kelly, SJ George Lane, SJ Patrick Murphy, SJ
Richard Murphy, SJ Theodore Ross, SJ John Saliba, SJ
Charles Stang, SJ George Traub, SJ Richard Twohig, SJ
James Von Tobel, SJ James Warosh, SJ Robert Welsh, SJ

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
Patrick Fairbanks, SJ Benjamin Jimenez, SJ Tuan Le, SJ
John Moriconi, SJ Renzo Rosales, SJ Charles Sim Teck Kim, SJ
  Neal Wilkinson, SJ  

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD
Vincent Hagarman, SJ William Kelly, SJ Edward Sthokal, SJ
  Earl Weis, SJ  

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD
Robert Bireley, SJ J. Peter Carey, SJ Gerald Cavanagh, SJ
John Chandler, SJ John Chandler, SJ J. Leo Klein, SJ
Richard Murphy, SJ Gerald Regan, SJ John Wambach, SJ






Publications

Jesuits Spring 2019

Jesuits Fall/Winter 2018

Jesuits Summer 2018





Sioux Spiritual Center
The Sioux Spiritual Center, nestled amid the hills of western South Dakota, is the heart of the Diocese of Rapid City’s efforts to develop native clergy and leadership on the reservations.