I have such great hope for the Church as my brother Jesuits go forth as priests who pattern their lives on that of the Good Shepherd.

~ Fr. Ray Guiao, SJ

Ordination 2015

Ordination 2015 - Embracing the Future with Hope

By Fr. Ray Guiao, SJ

Young Jesuits in formation hear several common observations from friends and family: “It’s been so long! Will you ever be ordained? Haven’t you studied and worked long enough?”

Indeed, the years of Jesuit formation before ordination to the priesthood are many and demanding: two years of novitiate, three years of philosophy studies, three years of apostolic work (usually teaching in a Jesuit high school or university), and three or four years of theology studies. For the Jesuit who discerns this call, the years of study and service do indeed prepare him well for priesthood.

But in all those stages, a Jesuit also prayerfully discerns and comes to know the truth of his vocation, the truth of how God calls him to live, not ultimately for himself, but for the sake of others and — as Saint Ignatius of Loyola says — for the “help of souls.” 

Click on a Photo Below to Read a Reflection from Each Ordinand

We in the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces have been blessed this year with a “bumper crop” of eight Jesuits who were ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 2015, at Queen of All Saints Basilica by the Most Reverend Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., archbishop of Indianapolis. In my role as formation director these past seven years, I have been privileged to walk with these Jesuits as they prepared for the priesthood. I have such great hope for the Church as my brother Jesuits — L. Adam DeLeon, Ryan Duns, Joseph Koczera, Christopher Krall, Lukas Laniauskas,  Jacob Martin, Timothy McCabe, and James Shea — go forth as priests who pattern their lives on that of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. 

The Four Minute Video Below Features Highlights of Ordination 2015
Ordination 2015
 The 2015 Jesuit ordinands with the Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., archbishop of Indianapolis, and Jesuit Frs. Brian Paulson, provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province, and Thomas Lawler, provincial of the Wisconsin Province.   

It is my pleasure to present our 2015 ordinands and share their reflections of gratitude to family, friends, and benefactors who have made their vocations possible. 

Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam. 

Fr. Ray Guiao, SJ, finished his term as the provincial assistant for formation for the Midwest Jesuits this summer. He became the president of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland on July 1, 2015. 

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