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Groups: A Jesuit's Journey - Midwest

Fr. Jim Stoeger, SJ

Fr. Jim Stoeger, SJ

Reflecting on my Jesuit vocation always leads me to the rightness of it. I can’t name a single time where I had some difficulty that frustrated me to the point where I questioned my Jesuit life.There is such wonder to this life, and it has turned out to be unquestionably right for me.

Walter Bado, SJ

While attending Chicago’s Saint Ignatius College Prep, Fr. Bado recalls being surrounded by wonderful people, and he began to admire the young Jesuits. Soon his interest in the Society of Jesus became more evident.

Fr. John Staudenmaier, SJ

John Staudenmaier, SJ

At first, Fr. Staudenmaier was told by province leadership that he would most likely be doing his regency at Marquette University High School or in Argentina, where many young Jesuits were being missioned to at the time. But, in a twist of events, Fr. Staudenmaier was sent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which he …

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Br. James Small, SJ

Br. James Small, SJ

On January 10, 2022, Br. James Small, SJ, turned 100 years old. Brother Small’s true legacy is the number of people who are living lives that are better just for having known him.

Fr. Donald Rowe, SJ

Donald Rowe, SJ

Many of us grow out of our childhood career aspirations, but for Fr. Donald Rowe, SJ, those career aspirations were a vocation.

Br. Jim Heidrick, SJ

Br. Jim Heidrick, SJ

From the age of ten, Br. Jim Heidrick, SJ, knew in his heart that he wanted to be a brother.

Fr. George Sullivan, SJ

George Sullivan, SJ

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

Fr. John "Jack" Wambach, SJ

John “Jack” Wambach, SJ

“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.

Fr. Walter Stohrer, SJ

Walter “Wally” Stohrer, SJ

On the day Fr. Walter “Wally” Stohrer, SJ, was ordained a priest, the renowned theologian Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ told him, “You have just made the most important decision of your life. Now you must decide every day for the rest of your life what kind of priest you are going to be.”

Fr. Ed Sthokal, SJ

Ed Sthokal, SJ

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 …

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