Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Jesuit Blog

Well, it's been a long long time. Very sorry. I came out of retreat and then went on vacation and now I'm at the Lord's Ranch with my family. It has been a great blessing to be back in the home of Father Rick Thomas, SJ, a man who I consider my mentor and someone who one day will be a saint.

Since I have not had any time to prepare anything deep, what I want to do is point you all to a new blog. There are many blogs out there, but this one is special. It is a blog written entirely by young Jesuits who are all in formation. None of them are yet ordained, though we are all in different stages of formation. Most of us are either Regents or Theologians, different periods of our scholastic years leading up to ordination.

Aaron Pidel, SJ is a theologian who I went to Franciscan University with a long time back. He was several years ahead of me, and quite brilliant. Now at Boston College where our theologate is.

Michael Magree, SJ is a third year regent, also quite brilliant, teaching music, latin, and theology in Philadelphia.

Jeff Johnson, SJ is the literary critic of the bunch who enjoys lying on the beach and reading James Joyce (and generally all bleak novels, which just happen to usually be Irish). Also at Boston College.

Brian Reedy, SJ is the scientist -- biophysicist that is-- who is now a theologian. So direct all those questions to him.

John Brown, SJ is doing the layout stuff. So any cool design that comes up, that was probably him.

And you know me.

We will be writing on all things catholic, cultural, literary, academic, political, etc, from the perspective of young Jesuits who take seriously our mission both to live on the frontiers of the Church (as Benedict asked of us) and to live at the heart of the Church, thinking with her (as Ignatius asked of us). So take a look and let us know what you think. You can find us here at whosoeverdesires, the first lines of the Formula of the Institute, which is sort of an initial sketch of what the Constitutions would become. Being a Jesuit is about desiring what God desires. And that is what unites us in this common enterprise. Hope to hear from you on your thoughts (over there, not here).

Nathan O'Halloran, SJ

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