2017 Jubilarian Reflections
Fr. Eugene Renard, SJ

Fr. Eugene Renard's Jubilee Reflection

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.

Golden Jubilarians

Br. Lawrence Lundin, SJ Fr. Christopher Viscardi, SJ Fr. Eugene Renard, SJ
Fr. Frank Schmitt, SJ Fr. J. Daniel Daly, SJ Fr. J. Timothy Thompson, SJ Fr. James Bradley, SJ Fr. Jerome Neyrey, SJ Fr. John Zupez, SJ Fr. JohnPayne, SJ Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ Fr. Michael Sheeran, SJ Fr. Michael Smith, SJ Fr. Nicholas Schiro, SJ Fr. Norman O'Neal, SJ Fr. Robert O'Toole, SJ Fr. Robert Sullivan, SJ Fr. Rodney Kissinger, SJ Fr. Ronald Gonzales, SJ Fr. Thomas Madden, SJ

Manresa House of Retreats
Manresa House of Retreats is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Convent, La., midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.