This month's issue of Connections focuses on the ways that our institutions are helping young men on our campuses who experience a calling to enter the Society of Jesus.Read More
BC President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. said that the key to tapping into potential vocations is to demonstrate how priests and religious live “in hope and with faith” and engage interpersonally with students. “There is nothing as powerful as happy, fulfilled priests and religious. That is contagious. That attracts,” said Fr. Leahy.Read More
The church knows what it is to be counter-cultural, from ancient warnings against the worship of false gods to today’s hot-button issues of abortion, homosexual marriage and the ordination of women.
Such noisy social issues, Fr. Hauser says, magnified incessantly by an omnipresent media culture, can make it difficult for young people to hear the voice that spoke to him in the 1950s, and to Gilger 50 years later. It increases greatly, he said, the difficulty of attracting new generations to Jesuit vocations.
What, then, to do?Read More
I have told my vocation story many times and as a result, I have come to understand a different kind of “vocation promotion” in my interactions with students at my Jesuit university. In light of these experiences and of the almost 15 years since I started inquiring about life in the Society of Jesus, I propose a three-point method toward deepening Jesuit vocations in our institutions. Each part is essential and allows us to identify some common “traps” that get in the way of effective promotion of vocations to the Society.Read More
Whether you find your call in administration or advising, teaching or coaching, offering behind-the-scenes support or leading out front, God’s ongoing revelations are active and alive. Growing in our awareness and seeking intentional ways to respond to this dynamic call is our challenge.Read More
An overly enthusiastic 18-year-old, I had just chosen Marquette for its proximity to my home, for its Catholic identity alive in retreats and liturgy, and for the adventures it offered in local, national and international service. Very soon after arriving at Marquette, I found just what I had sought: a sense of possibility, a sense that God was alive and daring, and a sense that this God was inviting me beyond myself into a servant love without borders, in Milwaukee and beyond.Read More