A Heart on Fire: An Itinerant Life
My single greatest hesitation in entering the Jesuit novitiate had nothing to do with vows of poverty, chastity, or obedience. It was all the moving around that got me. “Can you really form lasting and loving relationships while constantly on the road?”
Passing the Torch to Set the World on Fire
Though he had been a Jesuit in the Chicago area for nearly 40 years and is a native of the suburb of Waukegan, Illinois, for the V. Rev. Brian Paulson, SJ, serving as provincial of the Midwest Jesuits was uncharted territory. The Midwest Province had only just been created in 2017 by combining the former Wisconsin and Chicago-Detroit Provinces.
In Memoriam: Fr. Eugene Francis Hattie, SJ
We pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Eugene Francis Hattie, SJ, who died on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Father “Gene” Hattie, as he was fondly known, died at Karen Hospital in Nairobi. He was 98 years old, a Jesuit for 80 years, and a priest for 67 years when he received his final call.
Jen LaMaster Named Associate Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-secondary Education
The Midwest Jesuits are pleased to announce that Jen LaMaster will join the province office as associate provincial assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education on August 16, 2021. LaMaster comes to the Midwest Province with extensive experience in Catholic and Jesuit education, having spent the past 14 years as assistant principal of Brebeuf Jesuit College Preparatory in Indianapolis.
New Truth-telling Initiative Confronts Red Cloud Indian School’s Past
Under Maka Black Elk’s leadership, Red Cloud Indian School is developing a Truth and Healing process to confront its history as part of the Indian Boarding School Policy. He hopes to “open the door that we have intentionally kept shut all these years.”
From Worldly Cavalier to Limping Pilgrim to Spiritual Leader
May 20, 2021—the 500th anniversary of the date a cannonball hit Iñigo de Loyola and forever changed his life—the Society of Jesus and the Ignatian family will start a worldwide celebration: the Ignatian Year. This jubilee will include March 12, 2022, (the 400th anniversary of the canonization of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier), and end with St. Ignatius’s feast day on July 31, 2022. Father Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has said, “It is my hope and desire that we can work together among the entire Ignatian family to celebrate this year, rediscover our roots, and thus renew ourselves and our outlook to the world.”