The Jesuit vow of poverty – A testimony from Renato Zecchin SJ

Fr. Renato Zecchin is the novice master of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus. When asked to share about his vision of the Jesuit way of living religious poverty, he recalls the moment when he entered the novitiate in 1971, and had the desire to be sent to the missions in India, and work among the poor.

Instead, it was in Pakistan that, for 30 years, he was able to share his life with the Catholics of a parish in Lahore who are citizens at the bottom of the social scale in this Muslim country. He recalls how he and his companions dedicated themselves to improving the living conditions of these people, especially through education. Over the years, he has learned to follow Jesus in his proximity to the poor.

What does this testimony echo in your own experience?

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