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Subject Area: Formation

A New Worship Experience

Marco Machado, SJ | Chiapas, Mexico During my first days in Chiapas, Mexico, I visited a small Maya village. They welcomed us with open arms and very good food. But then I got a bad case of Montezuma’s revenge and was unable to hold any food for the next three days. As soon as I …

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Finding Moments of Grace

By José Lopez | Dajabon, Dominican Republic Thanks to Novice Director Fr. Drew Kirschman, who was always creative about my discernment process, I was able to explore the experience of being a Jesuit in a Latin American context. My incredible long experiment in Dajabon, Dominican Republic, was one of the most formative experiences of my …

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A Language for What Matters Most

By Joseph Laughlin, SJ | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic “Joe, we’re missioning you to Santo Domingo.” These were the words of Fr. Drew Kirschman, SJ, my novice director, as he informed me that I would spend my long experiment at Colegio Loyola, a pre-K through 12th grade school in the Dominican Republic. My imagination started …

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Lord, Teach Me How to Play

By Scott McKillip, SJ | Pine Ridge Reservation Late one night, my novice brother and I piled into the Toyota. We began our drive on the only road crossing through the vast miles of rolling hills on this side of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. We were in the kind of darkness one knows only …

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Philip Nahlik, SJ, Blends Science, Spirituality and Awe in His Care for Creation

By Therese Fink Meyerhoff Jesuit Scholastic Philip Nahlik, SJ, found special joy this summer in helping to plan the Ignatian Eco-Educator Summit at Bellwether Farm outside Cleveland. The brainchild of Brenna Davis, director of integral ecology for the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the summit was an opportunity for Jesuit educators from 15 Jesuit and other Catholic …

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Seven Men Enter the Novitiate

Updated Dec. 21, 2023 Sept. 8, 2023 – The Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province on Aug. 19, 2023, welcomed seven men to the Novitiate of St. Stanislaus Kostka, temporarily located in Culver City, California. Over the next two years, they will learn about the Society of Jesus and deepen their relationship with …

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