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By Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ

TO GET TO MY MISSION territory, I only have to walk down the hall from where I live in a college dorm. St. Isaac Jogues had to paddle the rivers of present-day Canada and New York to get to his mission lands, but in many ways, I think it is more difficult to get into and be noticed in the territory to which I am sent: the minds, hearts, and imaginations of young adults. Overseeing university ministries at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, I and other campus ministers must search for ways to get today’s 18- to 21-yearolds’ souls open to God’s action in their lives. One canoe that may get us there is a short spiritual exercise made famous by St. Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises: the Examen.

Father Richard G. Malloy, SJ, is vice president for mission and ministry at the University of Scranton, where he also teaches cultural anthropology. His book A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century (Orbis Books) received a “Best Presentation of the Catholic Faith” award from the Catholic Press Association.

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