Mr. Kevin C. Spinale, SJ
Week 38 – August 17, 2015
Entered -- August 2005
Took Vows -- August 2007
Mr. Spinale is about to begin his third year of theological studies at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. His Ordination to the Diaconate is this coming October.
"What makes me happy to be a religious today?"
There is a wonderful insight into Jesus' companionship with his disciples recorded in the gospel of Mark. The evangelist writes, "And Jesus went up into the hills, and called those whom he desired; and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach." (Mark 3:13-14) It is quite simple in the end. My joy comes from my relationship with Christ lived alongside those who have sought also to follow Christ. My joy is renewed in prayer, in the mirth that underlies my Jesuit friendships, and in the sacrosanct opportunity to help heal and teach and encourage others as they cultivate their own relationship with God.
My Jesuit friends in formation bring me joy because they are so kind, so competent and thoughtful. They are fiercely intelligent and transparent and down to earth. They inspire me, as do the people whom I have been able to serve during the last several years as a Jesuit - my students at Boston College High School, my colleagues in the English department, the rugby players that I have coached, and the many retreatants at our retreat houses along the Mississippi whom I have been given the honor to meet and lead in the Spiritual Exercises.
A Jesuit's work is preaching and teaching what we find so clearly articulated in the gospels: Jesus Christ who has revealed God's love for us and God's nearness to us. I am blessed to be able to preach the truth evident in the gospels in the apostolic, global, and eminently diverse ministries of the Society of Jesus.