U.S. Jesuit Brothers proclaim…
the good news of Jesus Christ by working in such fields as drama, technology, engineering, archivists and social ministries. They staff retreat houses, mission centers and parishes. Brothers work as administrators, computer technicians, chaplains, fundraisers, artists, health care professionals, scientists, and retreat directors. In schools, they serve as teachers, librarians, digital media specialists and coaches. These are only a few of the many ministries of the Jesuit Brother. What determines the choice of ministry? The changing needs of the Society of Jesus and the Church of the 21st Century.
- Br. Ken Homan, S.J.
Br. Ken Homan, S.J. is finishing up his undergraduate work in history and theology at Fordham University. Before entering, Ken did two years of undergraduate at Creighton University, where he was involved in ultimate frisbee and the Center for Service and Justice. Ken volunteers with the advocacy group Food and Water Watch, doing outreach and education on environmental issues.
In his free time, Ken enjoys woodworking, playing frisbee, going to punk shows, and visiting national parks. One day, Ken would like to write a book on the outdoors, power tools and Jesuit spirituality.
- Br. Pat Douglas, S.J.
Br. Pat Douglas, S.J. was born in Omaha, NE, and attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. where he earned a undergraduate degree in Sociology and Social Work. Prior to entering the Society of Jesus he worked as a social worker for five years, facilitating group therapy for perpetrators of domestic violence and adolescent gang members. After taking vows as a Jesuit Brother, Br. Pat went on to earn a Master's degree in Counseling and has gone on to provide group and individual therapy for men in drug recovery in Chicago and on the Rosebud Indian Reservation where Pat has spent the last three years. Currently Pat is the vocation promoter for the Wisconsin Province. In addition to this he finishing up a Master's Degree in Spirituality and a certificate program in Spiritual Direction. Br. Pat currently lives in Omaha at Creighton University.
- Br Guy Consolmagno S.J.
Br Guy Consolmagno S.J. was born in Detroit, Michigan, earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences from MIT (in 1974 and 1975), and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1978. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at Harvard University’s Department of Astronomy, and MIT’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya); and was a Physics professor at Lafayette College, before entering the Jesuits as a brother in 1989.
As an astronomercurates the Vatican Observatory’s collection of meteorites – rocks fallen to Earth from outer space. Studying the origin and evolution of the solar system to learn how the Creator accomplished His creation, Guy embodies the Jesuit Tradition of “finding God in all things.”
- Br. John Fava, S.J.
Br. John Fava, S.J. As a police chaplain, I offer spiritual and personal guidance to police officers and their families. I do the invocation and benediction at graduations; promotion and awards ceremonies; memorial services; and other police functions. I teach a "Spanish for Police Officers" class at the Police Academy. Since I am also a permanent deacon, I do weddings, baptisms, and funerals for police families.
My primary apostolate is that of being the Operations Manager at White House Retreat, the Jesuit retreat house in St. Louis, Missouri. I supervise the maintenance and kitchen staffs, and I do the check-in when people arrive to make a retreat. I also keep the books for the Jesuit community at White House.
What’s In Your Heart?
What’s in your heart? Sometimes our hearts desire more than a job. Sometimes our hearts desire companions on the spiritual journey. Check out the webpages that showcase men whose hearts desired more than a job and so they became companions of Jesus as Jesuit brothers.
The Jesuit Brother is primarily, and completely, a Jesuit. He is a man committed to the service of the people of God as a member of the Society of Jesus through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Brother has responded to a special call from the Lord. His goal is to further the work of God’s Church among the men and women of his time. Like all Jesuits, the Brother is especially prepared for this task by the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The Brother is continually supported and motivated by his Jesuit companions, by his personal prayer and daily participation in the Eucharist. More than a job.
Year of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis has declared 2015 as the year of consecrated life in the Catholic Church. Stay tuned for more information on the year of consecrated life. “The witness that can really attract is that associated with attitudes which are uncommon: generosity, detachment, sacrifice, self-forgetfulness in order to care for others. This is the witness, the ‘martyrdom’ of [consecrated] life.” — Pope Francis