Reflections
Rev. John C. Wronski, SJ
Week 43 – September 21, 2015
Entered -- August 1994
Took Vows -- August 1996
Ordained -- June 2004

Fr. Wronski is the President of Nativity Preparatory School in Boston and professed final vows in May.

"What makes me happy to be a religious today?"

The greatest joy of my Jesuit life is knowing that Jesus loves me, a sinner, and calls me to be his friend and companion. Sharing Jesus' friendship with others is at the heart of my priesthood and my current work as an administrator at Nativity Prep, where low-income middle school boys prepare for high school, college, and a lifetime of generous service. Since my earliest days as a Jesuit, I have found that the gospel comes to life in a dramatic way for me when I am drawn into friendship with people who are poor and marginalized. Perhaps this explains why my work at Nativity Prep has filled me with so much life and love over the past eight years.

Every morning at 7:30 I take my post at the school's front door and greet each student with a handshake and a smile. At 8:00 we assemble in the school chapel for prayer and announcements. I like to call this daily morning ritual my "holy hour."The graces I receive through the boys each morning carry me through the day's whirlwind of administrative duties: leading staff meetings, strategizing with trustees and donors, planning retreat days for faculty, paying the bills, fretting over the leaky roof, and sometimes even emptying the cafeteria trash can or unloading the faculty room dish washer.

Amidst even the most mundane tasks of a school president, I find tremendous joy in knowing that my labors with Jesus are making a critical difference in the lives of the boys I greet at the front door each morning. My ministry is the work of "faith doing justice" preached by so many of my Jesuit heroes through their lives of prayerful gratitude and generous service. For a Jesuit educator, nothing can compare to the satisfaction of seeing a former student grow up to become a man for others, especially when the obstacles along the way to adulthood seem so insurmountable, as they often are in Boston's toughest inner-city neighborhoods. 

Through scripture and sacrament, Jesus reaches out to me in loving friendship each day. But perhaps even more profoundly, he touches me through friendships with my students, colleagues, and all the generous benefactors who make our tuition-free school possible. As a Jesuit novice, 20 years ago, my dream was to grow in deep friendship with Jesus and his many friends who are poor and crucified. Through my ministry at Nativity Prep that dream has come true, and I am filled with the joy of the gospel. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!


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