Needs of the Asylum Seekers

03-17-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

I fell in love with a 3-year-old girl, Magaly, at the bus station yesterday.

Several volunteers were assisting refugee asylum seekers to get in contact with their sponsor families. As I walked around, my three-year-old helper followed me everywhere!

The needs of the asylum seekers are simple:

  • The use of a phone to contact their sponsor families to obtain their bus/airline tickets
  • An overnight place to stay for 1-2 nights at the most, a cot, a shower, snacks and clothing
  • Hooded sweatshirts, pants in Men's sizes 30 or smaller, all kids clothing, especially shoes

Universal Apostolic Preferences

03-10-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

In the spirit of collaboration, we received this from our neighbors next door (Brophy College Preparatory):

Two weeks ago, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus, announced the four principles that will guide the work of the Jesuits for the next decade. Called the "universal apostolic preferences," they might strike those of us "in the trenches" of everyday life as lofty ideals to be embarked upon only by top Jesuit leadership. In fact, they represent the beauty of Ignatian spirituality – their relevance and easy adaptation give us wonderful personal tools as we seek to grow in faith and care for others. What better time than the beginning of Lent to think about how we might put these principles to work in our own lives?


New Directive of the Society of Jesus

03-03-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Pope Francis has approved the universal apostolic preferences of the Society of Jesus. Jesuits and Jesuit apostolates throughout the world will commit to promote discernment and spiritual exercises, walk with the excluded, care for our common home and journey with youth.

In the months ahead, St. Francis Xavier Parish and School, Brophy College Prep and Creighton Medical School will be discerning how to best implement the directives of the Society and our Holy Father. Let us all pray that we may work together to promote these common goals.


Take Jesus' Words to Heart

02-24-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23
1 Cor 15:45-49
Luke 6:26-37. Luke's Beatitudes and SEron on the Plain certainly give the average Christian plenty of food for thought. Deacon Klein's holily last Sunday sparked quite the controversy.


Blessed are WE

02-17-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Try reading this week's Gospel passage from the perspective of "the poor." Instead of thinking of the poor as a social class, try thinking of the poor as those who know their need for God. For Jesus, the "Anawim" (the poor) are WE who have surrendered ourselves to God. Jeremiah sets the images and Luke brings them home. Blessed are WE when we trust in the Lord and surrender our lives to Him.


Let's Go Fishin'!

02-10-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Isaiah the prophet and Simon Peter the fisherman, both pleaded unworthiness when they were called by God. At Mass, right before Communion, we acknowledge our unworthiness and say with the Centurion, “speak but the word, and my soul will be healed”. Unworthy that we are, Christ calls us to be fishers of menand women. Jesus has given us a mission, so grab your fishing poles and let's go fishin’!


A Labor of Love

02-03-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today’s second reading, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13, is St. Paul’s hymn of love. Try reading the hymn and in every place that it says, “Love, replace it with God”. It helps put all of our endeavors in perspective. Without God is Love as our driving force, we have nothing.