Reflections
Rev. Matthew S. Monnig, SJ

Week 13–February 23, 2015
Entered -- August 1998
Took Vows -- August 2000
Ordained -- June 2007
  
Fr. Monnig is a doctoral student in New Testament in the graduate program in religion at Duke University.
 
One of my first "spiritual exercises" in the Jesuit novitiate was to read the Gospel of St. Mark all in one sitting. Until that point in my life, I had seldom read the Bible outside of Mass, and had neither used it much for prayer nor as a subject for serious study. During the novitiate and particularly during the long retreat, I encountered Jesus in a new and personal way through praying with Scripture, which led me in completely new and unexpected directions in my life.
 
I am now working on a PhD in the New Testament at Duke University, where I've been able to study with some of the world's most amazing scholars and students, who are dedicated not only to historical rigor but also to theological fruitfulness in the study of the Bible. Prior to coming to Duke, I was able to get to know the Bible at the heart of the Church and in the land of Jesus, as I was sent to study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and spend a semester at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. Of course, studying the Bible is not only an intellectual task but a spiritual one, and I get to share that with others by giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola often and in many settings. One of my favorite has been the 8-day retreats I've given to the missionaries of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. These zealous and generous young women and men seek to share their experience of Christ and his Church with their peers, and the Spiritual Exercises add fuel to that fire through a deepened knowledge and love of Jesus.
 
None of this--the excitement of biblical scholarship or the joy of sharing the Spiritual Exercises with others--would have been possible without my Jesuit vocation. It's just one reason that I am so happy and grateful to be a Jesuit.


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Br. Christopher Derby, SJ
Rev. Thomas E. Roach, SJ
Mr. Kevin C. Hughes, SJ
Rev. Mario M. Powell, SJ
Rev. Thomas R. Slon, SJ
Rev. Donald M. Ward, SJ
Mr. Jason G. Downer, SJ
Rev. Christopher Fronk, SJ
Rev. John C. Wronski, SJ
Rev. Francis X. McAloon, SJ
Rev. John P. Bucki, SJ
Rev. Christopher G. Llanos, SJ
Rev. Ugo R. Nacciarone, SJ
Mr. Kevin C. Spinale, SJ
Rev. James W. Moore, SJ
Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, SJ
Rev. James J. Miracky, SJ
Rev. George T. Williams, SJ
Rev. Cesare Campagnoli, SJ
Rev. Anthony P. SooHoo, SJ
Rev. William E. Stempsey, SJ
Rev. Bruce R. Bavinger, SJ
Mr. Patrick C. Nolan
Rev. William R. Campbell, SJ
Rev. Ignatius "Hadi" Sasmita, SJ
Rev. Brian Conley, SJ
Rev. Anthony J. Azzarto, SJ
Mr. Timothy W. O'Brien, SJ
Br. Jonathan J. Stott, SJ
Rev. Michael F. Tunney, SJ
Rev. Joseph J. Hayden, SJ
Rev. Thomas J. Kenny, SJ
Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ
Rev. Mark Hallinan, SJ
Rev. David J. Collins, SJ
Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, SJ
Rev. Daniel M. Ruff, SJ
Rev. Thomas L. Sheridan, SJ
Rev. Matthew S. Monnig, SJ
Rev. Charles L. Moutenot, SJ
Rev. Andrew N. Downing, SJ
Rev. Herbert B. Keller, SJ
Rev. Ramon A. Salomone, SJ
Br. Robert L. Carson, SJ
Rev. Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Mr. Vincent J. Marchionni, SJ
Rev. William A. Barry, SJ
Rev. John P. Mulreany, SJ
Rev. Bruce T. Morrill, SJ
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