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Jesuit’s Formation Influenced by his Service to Native Americans

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Jesuit Father John Paul spent 17 years of his Jesuit life stationed among the Sioux Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

“The people and the work we’ve done together at Pine Ridge are such an important part of how I have been formed as a Jesuit,” said Fr. Paul, who now serves as the Wisconsin Province’s director of formation, ongoing formation, lay formation and assistant for native ministries.

Recently, Paul returned to Pine Ridge as a facilitator for a South Dakota Native American Ministry/Cultural Immersion trip for lay people interested in learning about the cultural heritage of the Lakota Sioux, the history of their relationship with the Society of Jesus and Native American/Jesuit collaborative ministries.

He said, “It’s hard to be there and not feel an overwhelming sense of the difficulties people face. But there is also a very real voice of hope, growth and excitement in what is happening. When local people start sharing their stories, it begins creating relationships. After all, how can you not be affected by another person’s story?”

For more on Paul’s work at the Pine Ridge Reservation, read this Wisconsin Province Jesuit Spotlight.

Jesuit's Formation Influenced by his Service to Native Americans

Jesuit Father John Paul Share

Jesuit Father John Paul spent 17 years of his Jesuit life stationed among the Sioux Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

“The people and the work we’ve done together at Pine Ridge are such an important part of how I have been formed as a Jesuit,” said Fr. Paul, who now serves as the Wisconsin Province’s director of formation, ongoing formation, lay formation and assistant for native ministries.

Recently, Paul returned to Pine Ridge as a facilitator for a South Dakota Native American Ministry/Cultural Immersion trip for lay people interested in learning about the cultural heritage of the Lakota Sioux, the history of their relationship with the Society of Jesus and Native American/Jesuit collaborative ministries.

He said, “It’s hard to be there and not feel an overwhelming sense of the difficulties people face. But there is also a very real voice of hope, growth and excitement in what is happening. When local people start sharing their stories, it begins creating relationships. After all, how can you not be affected by another person’s story?”

For more on Paul’s work at the Pine Ridge Reservation, read this Wisconsin Province Jesuit Spotlight.

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.