St. Ignatius was a pilgrim, moving from Loyola in the Basque Country to Pamplona, Salamanca, Paris, the Holy Land, Venice, Rome, and other places as he discerned the Lord’s call and followed. He brought together companions and worked to promote the greater glory of God through the Society of Jesus. His vision was rooted in the Spiritual Exercises which impelled him to generous service.
As Jesuits we are called to be ready to respond to the needs of the Church and Society in tasks that might call us to move often or to be stable. In my 50 years, the call has taken me to places as varied as Grand Coteau, Washington, Tampa, Asunción, Paraguay and New Orleans.
In all these places the Lord has blessed my work and provided good supportive companions on the journey. It has been a great privilege to serve the internal ministries of the Society in finance, management, and accounting, and for the past four years to work for religious institutes across North America through the Resource Center for Religious Institutes.
Along the way there have been friends in the Lord who have been supportive and inspirational in their love and service. Looking back on people and places gives me a great sense of gratitude to God for the blessings each has been.
Jesuits are called to follow Christ’s words “Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations.” Let us continue to fulfill this mission, full of hope and enthusiasm.