Dan Finucane ’06 and Phil Nahlik ’11 (pictured top row, second and third from left, respectively) were among 12 novices of the USA Central and Southern Province who took vows as Jesuits on August 10th at the Novitiate of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Grand Coteau, Louisiana.
After months, sometimes years, of discernment, a young man enters the Jesuit novitiate not knowing quite what to expect of the two years to come. Through this foundational time of formation, a novice learns the rigors of religious life, learns new ways of praying, and over time learns how to see the world the way St. Ignatius Loyola invites. Prayer, study and apostolic service all seek to build a friendship with Jesus – a companionship – that empowers the man through grace and courage to kneel before the Eucharist and pronounce perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Congratulations to the following Jr. Bills for becoming friends in the Lord and being found worthy by their superiors to continue in their Jesuit formation. In the days following first vows each was missioned to start philosophy studies.
Dan Finucane '06 is an alumnus of Saint Louis University. He earned a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He spent a year in Zambia, working with two Franciscan communities. Prior to joining the Society, he was a theology teacher and campus minister at SLUH. As a novice, he worked at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, El Paso and at Good Shepherd School, New Orleans. He starts First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.
Phill Nahlik '11 earned a bachelor’s and master’s in chemistry from Loyola University Chicago. His thesis research involved a study of environmental education at Jesuit high schools. He lived in an intentional Christian community during his undergraduate years and served as a staff and student leader for alternative break immersion trips to two Catholic Worker communities. As a novice, he worked at Regis University in Denver and at Colegio San Ignacio in Puerto Rico. He starts First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.
Pictured: A SLUH contingent traveled to Louisiana to show support for the Jesuits taking first vows. They include (from left) Megan Gilmore, Brian Gilmore '02, Nick Ehlman '99, Sean Powers '05, Dan Finucane '06, Simonie Anzalone, Tracy Lyons, Stephen Deves '11 and Meg Beugg.