Archive for December, 2010

Jesuit Father Thomas Lawler Appointed Next Wisconsin Provincial

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Jesuit Father Thomas Lawler has been appointed to be the next provincial of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. The appointment was made by Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolás, and it will take effect in June 2011. Fr. Lawler will succeed Jesuit Father Thomas Krettek.

Fr. Lawler, 46, is the Vocations Director for the Wisconsin Province and will continue in that role until June. He is a native of Wauwatosa, Wis. and graduated from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee and the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1987. After studies at Creighton University in Omaha and Gonzaga University in Spokane, he taught at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha.

He studied theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. and was ordained a priest in 1999.  He earned a degree in social work at Loyola University in Chicago, and then was missioned to work at the Sioux Spiritual Center near Plainview, S.D.  In 2005, he joined the province staff in Milwaukee as Assistant for Pastoral and Retreat Ministry, and he became Vocation Director for the province in 2006.

Jesuits Discuss the Use of The Examen during Advent

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For this spiritual season of preparation before Christmas, the Jesuits of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus have created a series of Advent podcasts. Jesuits reflect and meditate on the intersecting themes of Advent and Ignatian spirituality over these four weekly podcasts, which National Jesuit News will publish each week leading up to Christmas. The entire podcast series can be listened to here.

Week II – Using the Examen During Advent

God is at work at every moment of our lives, and calls us to respond. “The Examen” helps Jesuits to become more aware of God’s action in everyday life. Jesuit Fathers Jack Butler and Michael Boughton explain how the Examen works, and why it can be useful in Advent.

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Jesuit Father Jack Butler is the Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Boston College.

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Jesuit Father Michael Boughton is the director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College.

Jesuits Reflect on Advent in Weekly Podcast Series

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For this spiritual season of preparation before Christmas, the Jesuits of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus have created a series of Advent podcasts. Jesuits reflect and meditate on the intersecting themes of Advent and Ignatian spirituality over these four weekly podcasts, which National Jesuit News will publish each week leading up to Christmas. The entire podcast series can be listened to here.

Week I – Anticipating Joy

The week’s podcast features Jesuit Fathers Jack Butler, Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Boston College, Michael Boughton, director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College, and Robert Farrell, professor of English at Boston College, speaking about Ignatian Spirituality, Advent themes and practices, and “Anticipatory Joy.”

Presenters:

Butler_Jack Jesuit Father Jack Butler is the Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Boston College.
Boughton_Michael Jesuit Father Michael Boughton is the director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College.
Farrell_Robert Jesuit Father Robert Farrell is a professor of English at Boston College.