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Jesuits In Belize . Missionary Fr. Allan Stevenson, SJ, rides a mahogany tractor in Belize ca. 1915. The Midwest Jesuit Archives holds countless letters and reports written by Jesuits who have lived through the last 107 years of Belize's history.

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    1. Jesuits In Belize Missionary Fr. Allan Stevenson, SJ, rides a mahogany tractor in Belize ca. 1915. The Midwest Jesuit Archives holds countless letters and reports written by Jesuits who have lived through the last 107 years of Belize's history. Since 1893 Missouri Province Jesuits have worked in this tiny country in Central America roughly the size of Massachusetts. Postcards depict Belize as a balmy tropical paradise, home to exotic flora and fauna, but the flip side includes occasional devastating hurricanes, a high insect population and accompanying illnesses, language challenges, often primitive modes of travel, and other such "inconveniences. " This flip side may be why some of the articles in the archives refer to the Jesuits in Belize as "rough bush" missionaries. Letters between the missionaries and their superiors show that over the years they worked through all types of adverse conditions with an equanimity that can only be attributed to the practice of the Ignatian concept of "finding God in all things. " It has worked in the past. It is still working today in the 20 or so Jesuits who staff St. John's College or serve in parishes in Belize. Fr. John Ruoff, SJ, now in St. Louis, spent 40 years in Belize as missionary and pastor.

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