During my years at St. Louis University High School, I felt that our Jesuit teachers had the world by the tail. I was impressed by the diverse opportunities for service Jesuit life offered. Sixteen classmates entered the “Jebs.”
When I entered the Jesuits I thought I’d had enough of travel, but I was to experience open-hearted Jesuit hospitality in all nine U.S. provinces and in 16 foreign countries. I am grateful for the close, worldwide brotherhood in the Lord which is the Society of Jesus.
My most valued experience was Tertianship studies in spirituality in Northern India. My most fun time: playing father to over 50 toddlers at an AIDS orphanage in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. My most gratifying memory: the rector of a new seminary in Nigeria saying that when he asked the seven seminarians, each of them named me as their role model.
Conclusion: we’ve got good genes in this “least Society of Jesus”: Pope Francis, Pedro Arrupe, Father Ignatius, all beckoning us to become ever closer companions of Jesus.