Jesuits Magazine Spring 2019

Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ, Provincial, USA Midwest Province Jesuits

Dear Friends, 

From the very beginning, Jesuits have been sent to the frontiers to serve where the needs are greatest and to spread the Gospel near and far. As a result, we as a worldwide Society of Jesus celebrate our diversity in ministry, both at home in our Midwest Province and all around the world. This past January, young adults from all corners of the globe congregated in Panama for MAGIS, a celebration of Jesuit connections and unity leading up to World Youth Day. I am heartened to continue to see “the beautiful diversity in the Ignatian family,” as Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ, puts it and I know the future of the Society is in good hands.  

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Making news in this issue are
a gift to John Carroll University;
St. Ignatius Cleveland's new academy; new books about Jesuits; the gift of a house by St. John's Jesuit in Toledo; a new president for Red Cloud School; and
four newly ordained deacons.

On the Move
Four Jesuits
have new Assignments

A Heart on Fire
If it weren’t for Fr. Filella...
By Erin Kast, SJ

Jesuit Connections
Mikayla Lofton says she's been
involved with the Jesuits since birth.

Pastoral Ministries
Father Tom Shanahan, SJ, finds
joy in his “work” as chaplain
for Creighton University teams.

2019 Spring Jesuits Magazine Cover

Cover Story
On the Frontiers
Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ, witnessed the “beautiful diversity of the Ignatian family” in Panama during
 MAGIS 2019.

Many Ways to Give
Deon Taylor, Christine
and Matt Botica found angels
in each other.

Social and International
A Christmas of Encounter
 at the El Paso Border
by Fr. Tom Florek, SJ 

God Writes Straight
with Crooked Lines
by Fr. Tim Howe, SJ

A Light Shines in the Darkness
by Matthew Spotts, SJ

A Jesuit's Journey
"Who I am is related to
 who I am yet to become”
by Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ

Living the Magis 
Brebeuf freshman Lance Williams is a gift to his community

We Give Thanks 
In Memoriam Spring 2019

What Do You Want Me
to Do, Lord?
by Rita Carfagna

Kristine “Kris” Mackey  Kristine Mackey
Midwest Province
The Midwest Jesuits are pleased to welcome Kristine “Kris” Mackey, who serves as vice president for advancement and communications & provincial assistant. Having served in numerous leadership roles, including vice president at Charles River Associates, COO of Chicago Partners, and associate dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, she brings to the role advanced experience in business development, management, and operations.

Mackey is known for building organizational cultures and achieving strategic growth goals through a collaborative and servant-leader mindset in a variety of settings. With an avocational life committed to the education of young people in underserved communities, “Kris is uniquely prepared to share the good news of our mission today and help us to elicit the financial support which will allow us to thrive in the future,” said Fr. Brian Paulson, SJ, provincial of the Midwest Jesuits.

Omaha, Nebraska
The Midwest Jesuits are also pleased to announce Diane “Dede” Crowley as the new regional advancement director for the Omaha region. Dede has been involved with the Jesuits almost her entire career, first for more than 25 years in various positions at Creighton University and most recently as principal gifts officer for Creighton Preparatory School.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to further engage those in the Omaha area with the many great works of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus and to broaden and deepen the support for the Jesuits going forward,” she said.

Diane Crowley
Diane Crowley
Midwest Jesuits Ordination is June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. 

Church of the Gesu 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233 

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Many Parts, One Body
A Gift to His Community
Playing with Soul
The Gift of Time
A Call From a Friend Leads to an Answer From Pope Francis
God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines
A Light Shines in the Darkness
What Do You Want Me to Do, Lord?


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