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Father Chris Cartwright, S.J.

Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

My vocation to the priesthood was begun and nurtured at Our Lady of Refuge. The Sisters of St. Louis, our pastor, Father Vandenburgh, priests like Father Hildare, Hahn, O’Callaghan, Kelly, Monsignor Daly, and so many others were veryFr_Chris_Cartwright_SJ.jpg (4319 bytes) inspirational to me. They were very generous with their lives and service to the parish. They encouraged me to consider being a priest, and their obvious happiness in their life and work really did make me think of it.

I also owe thanks to my parents and family who also encouraged me to think of being a priest. At OLR we had a wonderful atmosphere that promoted giving to the life of the whole parish. My parents were active in the parish guild, the school, choir and other parish activities. I still remember one Saturday spent painting classrooms in preparation of the coming school year. We had parish sports, dances, socials, processions and events that all my family attended (and usually worked at!). It was in that wonderful atmosphere that I learned how to give myself to greater causes, the best being the service of God.