Gary R. Wright, SJ
Born December 17, 1949
Entered August 20, 1967
Ordained June 28, 1980

Returning Love 

When I entered the Jesuits 50 years ago, I expected to join the Society’s work in education but ended up spending my Jesuit life in spiritual and pastoral ministries. I have always had many faith-filled traveling companions — parishioners, novices, Jesuit Volunteers, colleagues, Jesuit housemates. Always and everywhere, I have been overwhelmed by the love of those around me. They have accepted and encouraged me, given me endless gifts both material and spiritual, and befriended me. They patiently put up with my defects and called forth whatever gifts God has given me. Some went further and loved me intimately and deeply. 

The people I was supposedly ministering to have ministered to me, providing my human and spiritual formation, teaching me to give and receive love. In their commitments, generosity and self-sacrifice, they have challenged me to “go and do likewise.”

It has been all love, all the time, flowing toward me.

I am flooded, overwhelmed, so that I can’t begin to comprehend or express my gratitude. I want to give love equally in return, but it’s impossible. There’s too much, and I’m too incapable! This is my 50-year experience of God: sending me wave after wave of love and care and devotion, even in the solitude of my annual retreat. I can never return to others, nor to the Lord, all the love poured out on me.

All I can do is keep riding these waves of love, which I trust will continue to transform me, guarded and resistant though I am, into love itself, until they return me home to the Love that gave me birth.

Thank you, everyone who has journeyed with me and loved me.

Thank you, O God, Most Holy Trinity.

How can I make a return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?
I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.

                                        Ps 116:12–13


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CELEBRATING 70 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
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Bernard J. Streicher, SJ

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
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Joseph B. Kappes, SJ John L. Kieffer, SJ William S. Kurz, SJ
John D. Laurance, SJ John F. Libens, SJ Thomas L. Schubeck, SJ
John M. Staudenmaier, SJ James J. Strzok, SJ Thomas P. Sweetser, SJ
John L. Treloar, SJ   Robert A. Wild, SJ

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
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John S. Thiede, SJ

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD
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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD
Francis E. Canfield, SJ M. Joseph Casey, SJ
Frederick J. Deters, SJ Norman J. Dickson, SJ
Denis A. Dirscherl, SJ John P. Foley, SJ
Albert J. Fritsch, SJ William F. Gerut, SJ
Theodore M. Kalamaja, SJ George A. Lane, SJ
Patrick L. Murphy, SJ Theodore C. Ross, SJ
Thomas J. Shanahan, SJ Charles L. Stang, SJ
George W. Traub, SJ James B. Warosh, SJ
Robert J. Welsh, SJ

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD
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José A. Mesa, SJ Brian G. Paulson, SJ
Thomas J. Pipp, SJ Stephen R. Schloesser, SJ
David E. Watson, SJ
Harry J. Gensler, SJ
William P. Leahy, SJ
David G. Matzko, SJ
James M. McCann, SJ
J. Thomas McClain, SJ
Richard H. McGurn, SJ
Robert F. O’Connor, SJ
Bradley M. Schaeffer, SJ
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