Three Lives’ Journeys

By Linda Strowbridge  |  Photos by Cory Donovan

Twenty-five years ago, three men marked one of the most meaningful and inspiring occasions of their lives—their ordination as Jesuit priests.

Their paths to the priesthood began differently: a desire to ease social injustices, a passion to deliver Jesuit education, excitement over the Second Vatican Council, inspiration from Jesuit mentors, a deep sense that life as a Jesuit was what God wanted most for them.

During their formation, they faced violence in the developing world, injustice in some of America’s poorest towns, and the challenges of educating children in some of the nation’s toughest inner cities. Today, they serve Loyola in three critical roles: director of campus ministry, special assistant to the president for mission integration, and president of the University.

Their work in the past 25 years has led to the launch of new schools and the revival of struggling ones; the creation of service-learning programs and prison ministries; and the delivery of assistance, education, resources, justice, hope, prayer, and priceless conversation to the materially poor.

Their work has also shaped the mission and vision of Loyola University Maryland.

Countless individuals have been reached through their teaching and ministry. And all three describe their work as a sacred privilege.

On the 25th anniversary of their ordinations, Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J., Rev. Jack Dennis, S.J., and Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., share how they came to the Jesuits, and how their vocations have shaped their lives.

His Jesuit calling was welcome—if unexpected: Rev. Timothy Brown, S.J.

A twisting path led to campus ministry: Rev. Jack Dennis, S.J.

Vatican II sparked a college student’s interest in the Society of Jesus: Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.

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