I was hoping to teach high school students, but was assigned to help the Master of Novices and the novices for two years at Florissant, Missouri. Then I was assigned to teach Latin to high school students at Regis High School in Denver, Colorado. My third assignment was more satisfying: taking care of sick and dying Jesuits at the retirement community in St. Louis. Seeing their acceptance of suffering, pain, and dying was very inspiring. After five years, I was given a sabbatical to visit the Holy Lands in Jerusalem and the Pope in Rome and studies in Berkeley, California.
While in Berkeley, I was discerning what God wanted me to do next. After a while, it was clear that parish life was where God was leading me. For the next 27 years, I worked in parishes and really enjoyed it. I spent eight years at Sacred Heart Parish in Denver, one year at St. Joseph Parish in Pueblo, Colorado, and 17 years at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Trinidad, Colorado.
Then I spent nine very happy years at the White House Jesuit Retreat Center in St. Louis. I enjoyed counseling retreatants, hearing confessions, and many other jobs. God’s graces are at work with retreatants. On July 1, 2015, I arrived at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis to retire because of my health and infirmities.