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October 8, 2020
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Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ
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A Jesuit is a Friend For and With Others

 

One of my favorite artists, James Taylor, sang so eloquently in You’ve got a Friend”: “When you’re down and troubled, and you need a helping hand… I’ll be there…’cause you’ve got a friend.”

This song aligns with my life story. I experience this promise of friendship in my daily living through my Jesuit vocation with a deep sense of care, love, and belonging that reflects Christ’s consolation in my vocation. Last summer, when I experienced a moment of uncertainty in my vocation, my friends in the Society of Jesus showed me Christ’s love with their availability, support, prayers and constant care.

My Jesuit vocation helps me experience true friendship. St. Ignatius talks about God’s love as a source of consolation which can be experienced through true Jesuit friends, as men for and with others. Ever since I entered the Society, my friendships have become more meaningful.

Through my vows for poverty, chastity, and obedience I made a commitment to serve God through the Church. These vows also symbolized my connection to Jesuit companionship. Having a Jesuit companion helps me deeply in my prayer and in my growth as a person.

In this society, friendship helps one to exist not only as a servant of others, but rather as a true companion. As Jesus said in the gospel of John, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I call you friends” (Jn 15:15). A Jesuit friend is available to me in any season; a bridge I can cross to meet Christ; a light that shows me the mission’s path.

My name is Patrick Saint-Jean, a member of the Midwest Province and a Jesuit Regent who lives, teaches, and conducts research at Creighton University in Omaha. I was raised a Southern Baptist, my parents’ faith, but attended a Jesuit high school, where I was introduced to the society of Jesus. I converted upon graduation, at age 16.

I went on to major in psychology at Ecole Lacannienne de Pyschanalyse, then moved to Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico where I completed my research in psychoanalysis, defended my doctoral thesis, and began teaching at the same institution. In 2014 I received a fellowship for the School of Social Science at the University of Chicago and joined the Society of Jesus two years later. What attracted me to the order was the friendship of Jesuits; their sense of care and kindness.

I identify as a proud Haitian, the country of my birth and the lens through which I engage with the world. However, I am delighted to now call Omaha my home. The friendliness of its residents has been a true testament of Christ’s love, demonstrating that Jesuits have a home anywhere. Often times it is not a lack of love that makes people unhappy, but a lack of meaning in relationships. With the Society of Jesus, I find depth, joy, and meaning through my Jesuit friends. I am learning that a joyful life with a Jesuit friend is an anticipation of the taste of Paradise.

As a Jesuit, I cultivate friendships that help me mature in the Lord’s mission. Through the openness, genuineness, challenge, honesty, and vulnerability of my Jesuit friends, I experience Christ in my life. They improve my image of Jesus, which permits a deep conversion and a sense of encounter with Christ. My Jesuit friendships make my heart bloom and remind me that I am never alone.

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The USA East Province is one of the five provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, incorporating Eastern part of the United States from Maine to Georgia and the District of Columbia. Jesuits from the UEA Province also live and serve in Micronesia and Fiji. The province includes colleges & universities like the College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown University, high schools like Fordham Preparatory School and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, and a number of pre-secondary schools, parishes, retreat centers, and various other works.

Fr. Adam Rosinski, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the UEA Province. That means that Fr. Rosinski is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He’s been a Jesuit for 11 years, and over the course of that time he’s ministered in hospitals, served as a college athletic chaplain, taught in high schools, worked as a parish priest, and ministered as a spiritual director. 

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West Province

Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ

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The USA West Province is one of the five provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. It comprises ten states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Jesuits in the west are a diverse group of men who serve Christ and his Church in 19 educational institutions, 13 parishes, 2 retreat centers, and other social and pastoral ministries like Homeboy Industries, Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative (JRJI), Kino Border Initiative (KBI), Native American Missions, and Christus Ministries for young adults, to name a few.

Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the US West Province. That means that Fr. Julian is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He has been a Jesuit for sixteen years and a priest for five years. Over the course of that time he has taught high school theology and music, volunteered at a public health clinic for undocumented immigrants, and served as a parochial vicar at one of the largest Jesuit parishes in the Pacific Northwest. Fr. Julian is here to answer your questions about Jesuit life! Submit your information, and Fr. Julian will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Central South Province

Fr. Eddie Gros, SJ

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Central South Province

Fr. Robert Murphy, SJ

Vocation Promoter

The U.S. Central and Southern Province is one of five provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. The province encompasses 13 states from Florida to Colorado, the territory of Puerto Rico and the nation of Belize. We serve the people of God in seven retreat and spirituality centers and 14 parishes. We carry on the tradition of Jesuit education in six institutions of higher education, 12 secondary schools, a middle school and a social research institute.

We have two vocation promoters responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Eddie Gros, SJ, has been a Jesuit priest for 40 years. Throughout his ministry, he has served as teacher, missionary and pastor.

Fr. Robert Murphy, SJ, has been a Jesuit priest for six years and has served as a campus minister, athletic trainer and physical therapist. He also served as parochial vicar at a bilingual parish.

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Canada Province

Fr. Edmund Lo, SJ

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Canada Province

Fr. Boniface MBOUZAO, SJ

Vocation Promoter
Canada Province

Fr. John O'Brien, SJ

Vocation Director

The Province of Canada is one of the five Jesuit provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, incorporating all ten Canadian provinces and three territories. It includes Campion College in Regina, Loyola High School in Montreal, Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering, and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto.

Fr. Edmund Lo, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the Canada Province and also Haiti. That means that Fr. Edmund is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He’s been a Jesuit priest for two-plus years. Over the course of that time he’s mainly worked with young adults across Canada, busying himself with campus ministry in universities, directing retreats for young adults and giving workshops on Ignatian spirituality, particularly on St. Ignatius’ rules for discernment of spirits.

Fr. Boniface MBOUZAO, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the Province of Canada. He promotes mainly in Quebec. He has been a Jesuit for almost 23 years and a priest for the past 5 years. He has completed a PhD in computer engineering and has founded a vocational discernment program called “CAMINO-VOCATION” which offers young people a year of vocational discernment based on the Spiritual Exercises in daily life. This program welcomes on average ten young people per year.

Fr. John O’Brien, SJ, is the vocation director for the Canada Province. That means that Fr. O’Brien is responsible for guiding men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus through the application process. He’s been a Jesuit priest since 2017. Over the course of that time he’s given many Ignatian retreats to young adults and professionals across the country

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Midwest Province

Fr. Bill Murphy, SJ

Vocation Promoter
Midwest Province

Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ

Vocation Promoter

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The Midwest Province is one of the five provinces in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. It comprises twelve states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Midwest Jesuits work at high schools, retreat centers, parishes, universities, and other ministries. If you watch March Madness, you probably recognize Midwest Jesuit universities like Creighton, Marquette, Xavier, and Loyola Chicago.

Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ, and Fr. Bill Murphy, SJ, serve as vocation promoters for the Midwest Jesuits. Together they accompany men discerning a life in the Society of Jesus, serving across the Midwest Province’s 12 states.

Fr. Michael has been a Jesuit priest for three years. A native of Iowa and resident of Chicago, Fr. Michael has taught for several years in East Africa, worked with college students, and started the “One-Minute Homily” on social media. He likes to read, run, and watch the NBA.

Fr. Bill came to the vocation team five years ago after serving as president of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. A proud native of Michigan, Fr. Bill considers himself a true Midwesterner having lived in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Omaha. In his spare time Fr. Bill loves to read, watch hockey, play golf, and ride his bike.

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