It was at an early age—the first grade at Our Lady of Peace School in Marshfield, Wisc., to be exact—when Chris Krall, S.J., ’05, felt a calling to the priesthood. That interest, which he began discerning with the help of a local priest in the years ahead, found support and inspiration during his time at Boston College.
“I was able to meet with the Jesuits during my junior and senior years of high school,” said Krall, “and to help aid the discernment, I was encouraged to attend Boston College to meet and work with many more amazing Jesuits that lived, worked, and taught on campus.”
At least 10 other men have graduated from the University and entered the Society of Jesus during the past 20 years, and many see common themes: the charism, community, and traditions of BC helped support their vocation to the priesthood.
Sam Sawyer, S.J., ’00, now an executive editor at America Magazine, is one of them.
“Listening to a talk on Jesuit education during spring of my freshman year, hearing the description of Ignatius and the first companions united by a shared desire to ‘help souls’ – it was like God tapped me on the shoulder to say That’s the name for what you want’,” Sawyer remembered.