Ignatian Threads

Ignatian Threads

Final note of St. Peter Faber

Posted by Hilda Walter on 9/27/21

September 26

Peter Faber experienced a mobile ministry in the Society of Jesus. He spent two years in Portugal and Spain, helping to establish the Society of Jesus. He lived as a pilgrim, traveling with few possessions. In each place where he was missioned, he undertook spiritual direction and gave ... Read More »

Peter Faber - Spiritual Infuence

Posted by Hilda Walter on 9/20/21

September 19

Peter Faber was from the French region of Savoy, born into a family of shepherds, unable to afford any formal education.  Knowing Peter’s desire to study for the priesthood, his parents sent 10-year-old Peter to a small school sponsored by their parish priest.  He entered the University of Paris ... Read More »

Early Jesuit history

Posted by Hilda Walter on 9/15/21

September 12

Peter Faber was the first man recruited by Ignatius of Loyola to be a Jesuit.  Others had joined Ignatius, but had fallen away.  Peter Faber was the first among the “First Fathers” who stayed.  He was the first Jesuit saint canonized by the first Jesuit Pope.  On ... Read More »

Legacy of Francis Xavier

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/30/21

August 29

Francis Xavier died of fever on December 3, 1552, on the island of Sancian while awaiting a boat to take him to mainland China. He had set his sights on furthuring his missionary successes in Japan and other parts of Asia. His incorrupt body was first buried ... Read More »

Francis Xavier - greatest Jesuit missionary

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/26/21

August 22 bulletin

As you are aware, stained glass windows on either side of the altar in Gesu Church depict the lives of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. Moreover, the scenes of these two Jesuit founders reveal the early history of the Society of Jesus – ... Read More »

Mary - Blessed Among Women

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/16/21

August 15, 2021

As we celebrate this Feast of the Assumption, let us imaginatively view the interaction between Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth. We are enthralled by this remarkable exchange in which we witness complete faith and trust in God. Both Mary and Elizabeth recognize their roles in God’s ... Read More »

Jesuit Beginnings

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/12/21

August 8

Last week we celebrated the Feast of St. Ignatius, notably his “cannonball moment” depicted in the top window panel to the right of the altar. Saint Francis Xavier, whose life is depicted in stained glass window panels to the left of the altar, and whose statue is in our narthex, ... Read More »


Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/01/21

Those who attended Mass this weekend at Gesu, in person or online, experienced an unusual homily opening: "Kaboom...kaboom!" resounded Fr. Laniauskas at all Masses.  He had our attention! Of course, if you had read the publicity preceding this week's celebration, you caught onto his purpose.  Fr. L. was expressing ... Read More »

The 'Cannonball Moment'

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/26/21

July 31 - August 1

Today we celebrate the “cannonball moment” on the Feast of St. Ignatius, as Jesuits worldwide are beginning a special Ignatian year. Surely Ignatius would have connected readily with today’s Gospel from John. Jesus says to the crowd: “My Father gives you the true bread ... Read More »

Ignatius Formulates the Spiritual Exercises

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/12/21

July 11

After his vigil at Montserrat, Ignatius went to the village of Manresa. For a while he lived in a cave, performing penances and fasting, putting aside concern for personal appearance.  He spent many hours each day in prayer.  In a book he carried for years and later ... Read More »


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