Jesuit High School in Tampa recently hosted Vocation Day, which included a series of vocation awareness events involving Jesuits of this province.
Seven upperclassmen were welcomed to the Jesuit Community for Mass, social and supper. Father Randy Gibbens urged these young men to consider
whether the way they live their lives helps others see Christ, and asked them to name
individuals who have inspired their faith.
During an all-school assembly the following day, the
Jesuit community took the stage to field questions from students. They
provided insight into Jesuit life, including the paths taken by individual
Jesuits at the school.
Father Gibbens shared three points of advice
specifically for the seniors about to graduate and go off to college, advising them to work hard, take responsibility for their
life, treat people well and make time for God. Later Fr. Gibbens and novice Ian Peoples spoke to the theology class about Jesuit formation and shared their own vocation stories.
They also hosted freshmen and sophomores for a discussion about
vocations over pizza. The Jesuits were encouraged to learn that many of the
young men already were thinking about a vocation to the priesthood and
It was a great event that allowed the school body to come to know the Jesuit community a bit better.
April, 2019 - Father Timothy Howe, SJ, the still-new president of Colegio San Ignacio in San Juan, Puerto Rico, writes that he finds his presence at the school both utterly surprising and not surprising at all.
April 1, 2019 - On a clear, cool day in March, a small group of Jesuit colleagues made a somber journey. The group visited several locales to visit sites of significance to the early Jesuits in St. Louis and to the people enslaved by those Jesuits.
March 29, 2019 - Matthew Stewart, SJ, has been named the formation coordinator for the Alum Service Corps (ASC) for the USA Central and Southern Province. He will coordinate the summer training for new ASC teacher/mentors and plan the fall and spring retreats.
March 21, 2019 - The first-year novices of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province were on pilgrimage February 23 – March 6, 2019. Now getting apostolic experience, they have also had a chance to reflect back on the graces received. These reflections are shared here.