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Groups: A Heart on Fire - Midwest

Br. Matt Wooters, SJ

Br. Matt Wooters, SJ

When I was in the third grade, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.”  It was perfect for an eight-year-old boy with a penchant for reading and dreams of being a world explorer. …

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Damian Torres-Botello, SJ

Damian Torres-Botello, SJ

“What are the differences between a job, a career, and a vocation?” Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, reflects on his desire to serve others through his Jesuit vocation.

Jeffrey Sullivan, SJ

Jeffrey Sullivan, SJ

After nine years of Jesuit formation, it is still clear to me that my Jesuit formation actually started with my parents. Even before I joined the Society of Jesus, my parents’ quiet and steadfast persistence in their work, family, and faith had modeled the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Vincent L. Strand, SJ

Vincent L. Strand, SJ

Vincent L. Strand, SJ, who entered the Jesuits after graduating from Marquette University in 2005, reflects on the experience of living and studying theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Christopher Staab, SJ

Christopher Staab, SJ

After studying philosophy in Lima, Peru and teaching at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Christopher Staab, SJ, finds himself a full time student of theology in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Read his reflection on finding beauty in simplicity on his journey through Jesuit formation.

Joe Simmons, SJ

Joe Simmons, SJ

Joe Simmons, SJ, offers a lighthearted look at what life is like as one of the “Men in Black.”

Michael Rossmann, SJ

Michael Rossmann, SJ

A jack-of-all trades, Michael Rossmann, SJ teaches, coaches and gives retreats at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam.

Conan Rainwater, SJ

What can all happen while sharing a meal together? For Christ, it was when he gave of himself at the Last Supper; for me, it is where I realized I needed to give of myself and enter the Jesuits as well as experienced unity among diversity.

Aaron Pierre, SJ

Aaron Pierre, SJ

Aaron Pierre, SJ, reflects on his prison ministry and shares how God’s grace enabled him to find those inevitable points of human connection that eclipse the imaginary chasms which separate us from one another.

Thomas O’Donnell IV, SJ

While at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I embraced many of the freedoms college offers, but I failed to develop my spiritual life in any way beyond an occasional prayer to God for a date to go well or for an A on an exam. After graduating, I moved to Chicago to work for a financial …

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