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Jesuit Father Paul Lickteig, who was ordained to the priesthood this past June, has written about his vocation for the Huffington Post. Fr. Lickteig, who also contributes to The Jesuit Post, explains how his vocation emerged in a piece titled “How I Became A Jesuit Priest.”
Fr. Lickteig writes that vocation is a strange thing:
“It is the idea that people can be drawn towards a particular way of life. Vocation is partially about the job, but more about the way a person’s choice of work allows something deeper to develop in his or her heart. For many, ‘the call’ comes at the expense of other aspirations. It is a trade-off. We let go of certain impulses and choose to follow other desires, in an oftentimes circuitous route, that we hope will lead towards a deeper awareness of how we might better love and serve humanity.”
For Fr. Lickteig, his desire to love and serve led him to “explore a single mystery in a deeper way: GOD.” When he found the Society of Jesus, he writes, “I found a group of people that were responding to this same mystery in a profound way.”
In the piece, Fr. Lickteig describes the wide variety of work he did during his eleven years of Jesuit training, which included working with addicts in the Bronx, gutting houses in New Orleans, taking classes in counseling, teaching religion at a prep school and building affordable housing in Omaha.
“I moved from community to community, never staying in one place for more than nine months at a time. In each new home I was asked to interact with the best and worst that humanity has to offer, and somehow find the grace of God thread through it all,” Fr. Lickteig writes. “Ultimately, this is the purpose of Jesuit training: to find Christ in all things.”
Fr. Lickteig concludes, “Eleven years ago I gave a commitment to continue exploring this great mystery in a faith that stretches back thousands of years. It is a yes I will continue to follow as this life unfolds mercifully before me.”
“Go forth and set the world on fire.”
Spoken centuries ago by St. Ignatius Loyola to his brother Jesuits, these words—part mission statement, part marching orders—are deeply emblematic of the Society of Jesus and never more so than during the rite of ordination.
Twelve men burning with love of Christ and his mission were ordained as Jesuit priests this previous Saturday at ceremonies held at Fordham University in New York; Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.; Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.; and St. Thomas More Church in St. Paul, Minn.
A diverse group, the ordinands hail from Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Texas, California, Louisiana, Florida, New York, Vietnam and Italy. Before entering the Society of Jesus, they worked in the financial and high-tech industries, served in the military, taught at the high school and college level, practiced medicine and earned a multitude of advanced degrees.
Their call to priestly ministry is as varied as their hometowns and former occupations, but they have one thing in common: a desire to dedicate themselves to the Jesuit mission of serving the Roman Catholic Church wherever the need may be greatest.
With each step of Jesuit formation—from the first years of novitiate, to philosophy studies, to regency, to theology studies—the ordinands have tended the flame of Christ’s love. Rigorously trained for priestly ministry in the Jesuit tradition, their spiritual lives have been steadily nurtured since the novitiate, their minds sharpened by years of academic study, their apostolic drives molded by service to others.
Jesuit priesthood is a gift from God for the service of the universal Church.
Christ has called.
These men have responded.
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam!
| Fr. William V. Blazek, S.J., 47, hails from Chicago. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree at Marquette University, Father Blazek served five years in the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry Officer. A graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Father Blazek was awarded a Combat Infantryman’s Badge and a Bronze Star for his wartime service in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. After the service, Father Blazek earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Rush Medical College, entering the Society of Jesus immediately following residency. After completing a Master’s Degree in health care ethics at Loyola University Chicago, Father Blazek was assigned to Georgetown University as an assistant professor of medicine. He served as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory panel addressing matters pertaining to the military health system. In 2009, Father Blazek was missioned to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry to complete his final preparations and studies for ordination to the priesthood. Following ordination, he will be missioned to Gesu Parish in University Heights, Ohio, where he looks forward to providing sacramental ministry to the people of God, while sharing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
| Fr. Cesare Campagnoli, S.J., 47, was born in Voghera and raised in Casteggio, a town in Northern Italy just south of Milan. At the University of Pavia School of Medicine in Pavia, Italy, Father Campagnoli earned his Medical Degree in 1989 and then moved to Philadelphia for a fellowship in ultrasound prenatal diagnosis. His next course of study took Father Campagnoli to London, where he earned his Doctorate in obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics from Imperial College School of Medicine. When his studies concluded, Father Campagnoli returned once again to Philadelphia to conduct clinical fetal stem cell research at Children’s Hospital. Troubled by the ethical issues surrounding his research, Father Campagnoli began considering a vocation and reading more about Ignatian Spirituality, entering the Society of Jesus in 2003. Interested now in studying bioethics, he earned a Master’s Degree in healthcare ethics from Loyola University Chicago and then completed a one-year fellowship in medical ethics at the University of Chicago. He returned to Italy in 2008 to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in sacred theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and is currently working towards a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Following ordination, Father Campagnoli will be assigned to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he will teach a master’s course in healthcare ethics.
| Fr. Christopher J. Duffy, S.J., 49, grew up near Rochester, N.Y., where he enjoyed learning, reading, music and playing sports. Father Duffy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and promptly entered the high-tech industry after graduation. He held a variety of positions within the semiconductor and software industries, gaining experience in sales, marketing, operations, government relations and strategy before earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. His Jesuit novitiate brought opportunities in teaching and hospital chaplaincy, while regency provided an opportunity to teach—at Loyola High School in Los Angeles—as both a physics instructor and assistant coach for the freshman basketball team. While completing his philosophy studies, Father Duffy participated in a process recommended by St. Ignatius: to serve at both ends of a spectrum. In this case, he taught business strategy to college students and the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation to third graders. During the first two years of his time in theology, Father Duffy was a spiritual director, a 19th Annotation director and an eight-day retreat director. After ordination, he will serve at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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