2019 Jubilarians
Fr. Garth Hallett, SJ

I have experienced the truth of St. Paul’s saying that the mystical body of Christ has many different parts, answering many different needs.
Fr. Garth Hallett, SJ

60 Years in the Priesthood

Going where the need seems greatest can appear very challenging, and so it often is. But hidden within that challenge is the gospel promise of the hundredfold. 

In my 91 years I have been grateful for a series of such life options. One was the choice of a priestly, religious life with the Jesuits, whom I first encountered in California and joined, after a year in the U.S. Navy, in 1946. Another was my later choice of the field of philosophy, whose apostolic relevance has grown steadily; then, within that field, of the intensive study of Ludwig Wittgenstein, arguably the most influential philosopher of the last century. In this calling-within-a-calling I have viewed St. Thomas Aquinas, whose study of Aristotle led to a larger Christian synthesis, as an apostolic model. 

My own choice, so viewed and so pursued, has led to much writing on many philosophical and theological topics, including, this year, a second book on the existence of God. Such has been the chief apostolic path leading through my varied assignments in far-flung apostolic assignments. Following it, I have experienced the truth of St. Paul’s saying that the mystical body of Christ has many different parts, answering many different needs.

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