Archive for March, 2010

Jesuit in Formation with the Lakota People

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During the Regency period of formation, a Jesuit is often assigned to work in a ministry, such as a school or community outreach program. Patrick Gilger is a Jesuit in the Regency stage of formation and he recently spoke with Jesuit.org about his work among the Lakota people and how his time with them has impacted his use of Ignatian Spirituality.

Jesuit Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries puts Compassionate Pen to Paper

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For the last 20 years, Jesuit Father Greg Boyle has been writing the book that is his newly released memoir, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion”. For two decades, Fr. Boyle has been amassing a stupendously rich cache of stories about the homeboys and homegirls who one way or another found their way to his doorstep.  He told them in homily form in the dozens of jails, camps and juvenile halls where he celebrated mass on Saturday, embedded them in the speeches he gave to raise money for the jobs program that was the precursor for Homeboy Industries (which provides work experience, therapy and the opportunity for once-rival gang members to work side-by-side), unfurled them at panels, hearings and conferences where he tried to convince lawmakers and anyone else who’d listen that the young men and women whom his tales featured were worth much more than the worst things they had ever done and that they should never, ever be thrown away.

For each occasion, Boyle spins a narrative tapestry that includes one or two funny anecdotes laced with street vernacular and Spanglish, and at least one tale of redemption. Then, after entrancing his audience with an account of a kid’s courage and shattering vulnerability, Boyle delivers the gut-punch. “I told that story,” he would say, “three weeks later at his funeral.”

Read more about Fr. Boyle’s book here.

New Jesuit Chaplain Reflects on Life at Holy Cross and His Work With Students

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Even after two years at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Jesuit Father Gregory Lynch, assistant chaplain, is still talking about his  “new” job as exciting.

It’s a graduation of sorts for him. Before arriving at Mount St. James, Fr. Lynch was a high school history teacher and assistant swim coach at Creighton Preparatory in Omaha, and says he was looking forward to working with older students.

“I enjoy working with college students,” he says. “I’m able to laugh with them and walk on their journey with them at the same time, whereas that is more difficult to do as a high school teacher.”

You can read more about Lynch’s experience as chaplain at Holy Cross here.

Jesuit Interviewed for "Year for Priests" Series

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In observance of the “Year for Priests” proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI for 2009-10, The Boston College Chronicle is presenting a series of conversations with members of the school‘s religious community about the experiences, challenges and joys of their vocations. They recently interviewed Center for Ignatian Spirituality Director Jesuit Father Michael Boughton on his vocation experience. You can read the Q&A with Fr. Boughton here.

Jesuit Interviewed for “Year for Priests” Series

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In observance of the “Year for Priests” proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI for 2009-10, The Boston College Chronicle is presenting a series of conversations with members of the school‘s religious community about the experiences, challenges and joys of their vocations. They recently interviewed Center for Ignatian Spirituality Director Jesuit Father Michael Boughton on his vocation experience. You can read the Q&A with Fr. Boughton here.