We're on a Mission

Jesus didn't work alone - he shared his journey with a group of disciples. Ignatius found new life amidst his Companions. At the JSC, we share ministry as a team: over a dozen men and women dedicated to furthering the cause of Christ. This blog chronicles our journey: the challenges, discoveries, and unexpected graces that we encounter along the path. Follow us @JSCMinistry.

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We are hanging out at #NCEA19 this week. Stop by the Expo hall and see us at booth 838!

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Newest member of the JSC family!

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On this feast of Corpus Christi, we celebrate the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Take some time to consider how God's love is so immense, that it must enter into our lives in a tangible way.

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When plague hit Rome in 1591, St. Aloysius Gonzaga dedicated himself to caring for the infected, even though he admitted the effects of the disease often repulsed him. He continued to tend to the sick, risking his own health. He died from the plague later that year at just 23 years old. He is the patron saint of young Christians, AIDS patients, and those who care for them. His feast is June 21. #jesuits #catholic #feastday

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St. Thomas More was martyred after refusing to recognize Henry VIII as Head of the Church of England. His feast is June 22. Faced with injustice, pray to St. Thomas that you may be guided by his intense and unwavering faith in God and what is right, even if it puts you in harm. #catholic #feastday

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O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you and will a lively sorrow for my sins. I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure, and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessings on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Within your heart I place my every care. In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying, Heart of Jesus, help me. #catholic #feastday #sacredheart

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Happy Independence Day from all of us at the Jesuit Spiritual Center! #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #catholic #independenceday

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Today is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene. Beyond her constant presence in Jesus' ministry, all four Gospels place her among the women who first learn of Christ's resurrection. How can you be more present to the good news and people in your own life? #feastday #catholic #marymagdalene

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A blessed Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola! We at the JSC are proud to carry on Ignatius's 500 year tradition of prayer through discernment, contemplation, and asking God to "take and receive" from us. How have you been impacted by St. Ignatius's legacy? #jesuits #amdg #catholic #feastday #stignatius #loyola

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St. Peter Faber is often forgotten between his more famous Jesuit co-founders, SS. Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier. In spite of that, his spiritual impact has been recognized by holy men and women like St. Francis DeSales for centuries and he was finally canonized by Pope Francis in 2013. Who are the holy people in the background of your life? #jesuit #feastday #catholic #saint

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Hard at work giving the Gazebo a fresh makeover. #summerprojects #staingame #internsgetthejobdone

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Please join us in welcoming our 2019-2020 Ignite Interns JP, Lauren, Danny, Annie, and Joe! Over the next week, we will be introducing one of our interns to you every day along with a brief introduction from each of them on their background and involvement at the JSC #amdg #intentionalcommunity #catholic

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Introducing our first new Ignite Intern, Annie Mesewicz! “I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Xavier University with a B.A. in Theology with minors in Social Work and Peace and Justice Studies. While studying at Xavier, I volunteered for the Bellarmine Chapel Youth Group and Confirmation classes, which sparked my excitement to explore the field of youth ministry at the Jesuit Spiritual Center. When I am not working, I can be found hammocking, eating Skyline, or planning a fun hangout with my friends. I am eager to learn and grow as a person and lay minister in my first year at the Jesuit Spiritual Center!” #amdg #jesuits #catholic

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Next up from this year’s Ignite Interns, Lauren Dencker: “I’m from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from Xavier University this spring with a B.L.A. and minors in Theology, Jewish studies, Criminal Justice, Criminalistics, and Deaf Studies. After being heavily involved with cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue programs at Xavier, I’m eager to further develop and grow in my own faith while serving the youth who come from many different backgrounds and faith experiences. Through service-learning and faith experiences, such as backpacking in the Wind River mountain range for 40 days, I have become keenly aware of God’s presence in our daily, ordinary lives in sometimes very insignificant ways. Hopefully, my time at JSC continues to foster that for myself and those I encounter. I am very excited for the next year- I can’t predict what will happen because I don’t have 2020 vision.” #intentionalcommunity #jesuits #amdg #catholic

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Our third new Ignite Intern this year, Danny Hannan: “I was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a large, loving Catholic family. I’m 24, a graduate of Fontbonne University with a bachelor’s in Religious Studies. I have spent the last year and a half working with hundreds of kids ages 1 to 13 in my parish’s ELC. I’m interested in Ignite because it will help me to nourish the faith of the youth the way my parish’s youth group helped nourish my faith. I’m excited to get to know and work with the leaders of this wonderful program and those we’ll meet and serve along the way!” #jesuits #amdg #intentionalcommunity #catholic

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Today’s Ignite Intern, returning for his second year with us, is JP de Legarreta: “I’m very excited to begin my second year in ministry here at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, a place I am blessed to call home for another year! I was born in Mexico City, Mexico, raised in St. Louis, and currently call Chicago home base. I attended St. Louis University High school, a Jesuit college-prep institution, and then Seton Hall University in New Jersey, graduating in 2016 with a degree in Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Catholic Studies. I’ve been involved in youth ministry since high school. I have led Bible studies, taught at conferences, attended retreats, and gone on mission trips of all kinds. I love learning, cooking, music, and tinkering with puzzles. I am very excited for what this year holds in store for the youth ministry team and for my own spiritual growth and faith journey!” #amdg #jesuits #catholic #intentionalcommunity