2019 Jubilarians
Fr. Mark Kramer, SJ

I am humbled by all I have received and am grateful for my formation and for the many wonderful companions with whom He has called me to serve.
Fr. Mark Kramer, SJ

25 Years a Jesuit

When I entered the Society of Jesus in 1994, my ardent desire was to offer my life as a gift to the Church, that my time and talents would be dedicated to the service of Christ on mission. This is how a Jesuit mentor had described his life in the Society, and it is a desire that continues to inspire me today. What I have come to learn, though, is that God did not just want my talents, but also my limits, my weaknesses, my whole self. More and more, He is teaching me to trust in His divine providence and to hand over to Him what little I have for Him to multiply as He desires. 

As I look back on 25 years, I am humbled by all I have received and am grateful for my formation and for the many wonderful companions with whom He has called me to serve (including my own brother Stephen!). The Society has cared well for me, allowing me to serve as a lawyer and lobbyist, a high school teacher and track coach, a parish priest in Belize, a doctoral student in Rome, a university professor, and finally as the director of spiritual formation at a diocesan seminary. As I enter into the middle-age of my Jesuit life, I hope to grow in deeper conformity to Christ, so I can more passionately praise, reverence and serve Him and His people, for the salvation of souls and for the greater glory of God.

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