Br. Stott is currently a professor of physics at Fairfield University.
"What makes me happy to be a religious today?"
At our last General Congregation in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI challenged us Jesuits to "go to the frontiers." Those frontiers can be geographic, but they can also be cultural, economic, or intellectual. In my case, following God and "going to the frontiers" means teaching physics at Fairfield University. In addition to being a physicist, though, I am also a Jesuit brother. What makes the brothers distinctive in the Society of Jesus is that we are called to serve without priestly ordination. Instead of sacramental ministries, I ministry to my students by my presence.
My students have grown up surrounded by a culture that tries to confound religious faith by proclaiming human scientific achievements. As a Jesuit, though, I can stand in front of my class openly as a man of faith and as a man of science, in ways that are not possible for anyone else in my department. By the example of my life, I do my best to show them that a true faith and science cannot be in conflict because God is the source of both. Although I am not a priest, I minister to my students by pointing them towards the Truth. And this is my joy, because it's what God has called me to do.