Jesuit Conference of the United States

Located on the south-western edge of South Dakota, the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations, which include St. Francis Mission and the Red Cloud Indian School, are served by Jesuits who work in educational and pastoral ministries among the Lakota people.

One such Jesuit is Br. Pat Douglas. As a trained clinical social worker, Br. Douglas works with at-risk youth in a local juvenile detention center. Before joining the Society, Pat was already involved in social work, but felt that something was missing in his life. Recently, Pat sat down with the Jesuit Conference’s Acting Secretary for Social and International Ministries, John Kleiderer, for an interview about his vocation. Pat shared his journey of leaving the career and life he had built for himself behind, and how he came to the decision to enter the Society of Jesus.

For more information about the Jesuits, or to learn more about a vocation as a Jesuit, please visit Jesuit.org.

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Jesuit Conference of the United States

Jesuit Conference USA

For over 450 years Jesuit priests and brothers have lived an amazing story of serving the Church in new and unexpected ways. We are still men on the move, ready to change place, occupation, method--whatever will advance our mission in the Church. We are…


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For over 450 years Jesuit priests and brothers have lived an amazing story of serving the Church in new and unexpected ways. We are still men on the move, ready to change place, occupation, method--whatever will advance our mission in the Church. We are expected to do anything or go anywhere to teach Jesus Christ and preach his Good News.

Today that "we" has expanded to include men and women who share this vision of service to faith and to the justice that faith demands. Together Jesuits and lay partners place ourselves in the presence of the God who created all people and ask ourselves the questions that St. Ignatius suggested to his first companions during the period of prayer that led to their permanent companionship:

What have I done for Christ?
What am I doing for Christ?
What will I do for Christ?

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