My earliest inclinations to a religious vocation were quietly fostered by my paternal grandfather, who was also my godfather. He contributed to mission societies, receiving their illustrated magazines which he passed on to me. I later discovered that he was born on the feast of the Immaculate Conception (patroness of my high school) and that he had attended the Jesuit boarding school in Grand Coteau, La., (which later became the novitiate). Such “omens” mysteriously led me to enter the Society of Jesus in 1949.
Although I have had some brief assignments in parochial, administrative and retreat ministries, it has been teaching that has been my main work: Jesuit High Tampa (three years), Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. (eight years), Loyola University New Orleans (five years) and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans (24 years). My colleagues, and particularly my students, have had a significant influence on my vocation and my life. I hope and pray that I helped them grow in faith, hope and love – over and above the specific subject matter which I taught. Some of them have become faithful, lifetime friends who continue to be sources of joy and pride.
I am immensely grateful to my family, my personal friends, and my teachers (Sisters of Mercy; Christian Brothers; Jesuit priests and scholastics; and particularly my liturgy professors at the University of Notre Dame). A blessing on each and every one!