Celebrating Life: Fr. Sheehan

sheehan-doctor-captionJesuits in their journey to follow Christ have a profound respect for life. The Jesuit Conference of the United States has been highlighting the many ways Jesuits embody the desire to protect life.

Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, provincial of the New England Province, attended Dartmouth Medical School and developed a deep connection with geriatric and dying patients during his residency at Beth Israel Hospital, in Boston. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1985, and being both a Jesuit priest and physician has given him a unique perspective on caring for the physical and spiritual well-being of those he serves.

In the early 1960s, the dinner table at Jesuit Father Myles Sheehan’s boyhood home in Marshfield, Mass., must have been lively. His physician dad would quiz five-year-old Myles about real world medical ethics while his mom discussed the latest work of the writer and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. More than a half century later, Fr. Sheehan is still fascinated by the intersection of medicine and faith, dual passions that have helped shape his vocation to the Society of Jesus. Click here to read the full article.

Source: Jesuits.org


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