We stand at a pivotal time as we have formed a province out of the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces, the new USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. While our new province faces a bright future with a novitiate that is at maximum capacity and many men in formation, we also face the challenge of caring for a historically high number of senior Jesuits as they enter the final chapters of their earthly service to God. To meet this critical need of caring for our senior and infirm Jesuits, the Midwest Jesuits are embarking on an unprecedented $25 million capital campaign, With Others. For Others. This capital campaign will provide financial resources to support the healthcare needs of our aging priests and brothers, including the construction of a new Jesuit community on the campus of St. Camillus, a senior healthcare community operated by the Camillian Fathers on the western edge of Milwaukee. With Others. For Others. is an appropriate title for this undertaking, as it reminds us of the challenge laid before us by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (Superior General of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983):
“Our objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ…; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors.”
The USA Midwest Province invites you to join us in this campaign to provide the financial resources necessary to care for our Jesuits who have lived their lives as “men for others,” serving “with others” and among others. Thank you for your consideration. As always, be assured of the prayers and gratitude of the Jesuits for you and your loved ones.
Fr. Brian Paulson, SJ