Father Ed Sthokal, SJ, had never considered becoming a retreat director; he never even specifically trained for it. The plan for the young Jesuit was to teach English literature, perhaps go on to run a university department in the field. So how did he end up spending 58 years as a retreat director at Demontreville Retreat House in Lake Elmo, Minnesota?
June 20, 2017 — On the day Fr. Wally Stohrer, SJ, was ordained a priest, the renowned theologian Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ, told him, “Now you must decide every day for the rest of your life what kind of priest you are going to be.”
March 23, 2017 — Jesuit Fr. Gene Carmichael is most associated with Xavier University, where he worked for 36 years. But two state correctional institutions were the setting where he most dramatically lived out Jesus’ call in Matthew 25.
January 26, 2017 — A shy priest might not seem like a natural fit to lead a university, but Jesuit Fr. Michael Morrison’s gifts of warmth, sincerity, and good humor translated to a successful tenure as Creighton University’s longest-serving president.
September 15, 2016 — Throughout his life as a Jesuit, Fr. Frank Canfield, SJ, has often faced a dilemma: be where he wants to be, or go where God calls him to go. His decision has made all the difference.
September 17, 2015 — Fr. Bill Burke, SJ, has embodied the Jesuit characteristics of appreciating all creation as a gift from God for more than 50 years — most markedly during his ministry in Alaska and Montana.