Inside the Jes Res

By Rita Buettner  |  Photos by Malia Leary

The Jesuit residents of Ignatian House work not just at Loyola University Maryland, but also at Loyola Blakefield, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, and for the Maryland Jesuit Province.

So on Monday nights everyone tries to be home.

“That is the night on which people are asked to make being home a priority,” said the Rev. Ronald Amiot, S.J., rector of the Ignatius House Jesuit Community.

That night the Jesuits celebrate Mass and enjoy dinner together.

“Most of Jesuit life is geared toward openness and availability—and community life is to support that,” he said. “We don’t have a monastic schedule, but we live together. We pray together.”

They also sit together in a large den on the back of the house and talk, watching the snow fall in the winter and listening to the rain on the roof in the summer.

They don’t cook for themselves because they would take the jobs from the employees who cook for the house. But they do enjoy the homemade cookies that are available in the cookie jars in the kitchen.

Fr. Amiot, who is in his sixth year there—and his second as rector—has lived in other Jesuit communities. But they tend to have many similarities because of the residents’ commitment to the Society of Jesus. “Jesuits talk about our way of proceeding,” he said.

“It’s a set of behavioral and cultural practices and relationships which are rooted in the Society. No matter where Jesuits are from, they share this common spirituality.”

Read other stories from Loyola’s home issue here.

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