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Three Boston College Jesuits Offer Personal Perspectives on their Vocation

(L-R) University President William P. Leahy, SJ, Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Jack Butler, SJ, and scholastic Jeremy Zipple ’00, a student in BC’s School of Theology and Ministry, at the March 31 panel discussion “Three Jesuits: Who Do They Say They Are? Personal Perspectives.” (Photo by Justin Knight)

(L-R) University President William P. Leahy, SJ, Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Jack Butler, SJ, and scholastic Jeremy Zipple ’00, a student in BC’s School of Theology and Ministry, at the March 31 panel discussion “Three Jesuits: Who Do They Say They Are? Personal Perspectives.” (Photo by Justin Knight)

Three members of the Boston College Jesuit Community opened their hearts and memories to an overflow audience of more than 200 to discuss their vocations as members of the Society of Jesus.

The discussion held at BC, was entitled “Three Jesuits: Who Do They Say They Are? Personal Perspectives,” and featured Boston College President Jesuit Father William Leahy, Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Jesuit Father Jack Butler, and Jesuit Scholastic Jeremy Zipple, a student in Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.

The Jesuit panelists spoke on how their individual journeys to the order began, whether by answering a life-long call to serve God, searching for the right opportunity to share a family’s love and concern for others — or, in one case, through a chance meeting with a BC Jesuit priest.

Father Butler described his time working with the marginalized in society, especially the incarcerated and the elderly, and the courage of such groups in the face of difficulties through faith as formative in his decision to enter the Jesuit Order.

“I fell in love first with a concept – how I saw God working in peoples’ lives,” Butler said. “Jesuits have a way of meeting people where they are, starting a conversation, and letting God do the rest of the work,” he said, calling the work of a Jesuit a process of “together finding God through one another.”

To read the full story on the panel, please visit the Boston College Chronicle.

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.”

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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.

Jesuit Named to Boston College Mission and Ministry Position

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Jesuit Father Jack Butler, the current director of vocations for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus and the director of Manresa House at Boston College has been named vice president for university mission and ministry at BC.

“Prior to coming to BC, I had worked in prison ministry with violent offenders and I never thought of higher education as a career option, but I have fallen in love with BC and the higher education apostolate,” said Fr. Butler.  “I believe in this ministry, in our faith and our commitment to Jesuit, Catholic education. To help articulate and proclaim that belief is exciting to me.”

Fr. Butler, who has worked at Boston College since becoming a campus minister in 2002, succeeds Jesuit Father Joseph Appleyard, who has been named assistant and advisor to the New England provincial, Very Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ.

“I believe that Mission and Ministry can be a department that helps to set the tone for the larger University, where people are challenged to be caring, to be excited and to be free to be the people God has chosen them to be,” said Fr. Butler. “Ultimately, the goal is to become a University where, through our academics, service programs and personal reflection, men and women can find their deepest desire, which is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality.”

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