Reflections

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?

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June 16, 2016 — Fr. Thomas Caldwell has been a Jesuit for 73 years. His mission has consistently been to be helpful.

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February 25, 2016 — More than 50 years later, Fr. George Sullivan’s memories of what inspired him to enter the Jesuits are marked by humor.

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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.

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March 12, 2015 — Teacher. Campus minister. Parish priest. Author. World traveler. Photographer. Mountain climber. These are just some of the words that describe Fr. Joe Eagan, SJ.

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September 3, 2014 — As superiors for senior Jesuit communities, Frs. Jonathan Haschka, SJ, and John Libens, SJ, offer valuable insight about aging, identity, and God.

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February 27, 2014 — He might have been a Trappist monk. Or an architect. Ultimately, discernment for his religious vocation led Fr. Jim King, SJ, to the Society of Jesus.

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November 26, 2013 — "It's not how much you do, but who you are, that's important." This was a hard lesson for Fr. John “Jack” Wambach, SJ, to learn.

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July 24, 2013 — In his 62 years as a Jesuit, Fr. Jack Rainaldo, SJ, was a teacher, retreat director, spiritual advisor, and staunch advocate of the Catholic faith.

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May 1, 2013 — A desire to be a priest and teacher made joining the Jesuits an ideal option for Fr. Bob Hilbert, SJ.

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April 18, 2013 — Approachable. Attentive. Authentic. Available. These words come up time and again when fellow Jesuits describe Fr. Bob Leiweke, SJ.

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October 18, 2012 — Growing up in north Omaha as one of 13 children — six of whom entered religious orders — Fr. Richard McCaslin, SJ, “always wanted to be a priest.”

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July 26, 2012 — A WWII veteran, Fr. Larry Jonas, SJ, traveled to Washington, D.C, in April 2012 for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The trip offered a glimpse of what Heaven might be like.

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