June 1, 2015 — Soon-to-be ordained Jesuit Vincent Giacabazi has been named director of Ignatian formation for the Alum Service Corps (ASC). The Corps places graduates of Jesuit high schools and universities in volunteer teaching posts.
A former Alum Service Corps volunteer himself, Giacabazi will assume his new role this fall, succeeding Jesuit Father Andrew Kirschman, who has worked with the ASC program since 2008 and served as Ignatian formation director since 2010.
“We are elated to have Vincent Giacabazi on staff in service to ASC,” said Dr. Pete Musso, ASC Director. “We welcome him with open arms and are confident that his enthusiasm, experience and hard work ethic will enrich the lives of our dedicated volunteers and contribute to the continued growth of our ASC program.”
ASC volunteers serve at Jesuit middle schools and high schools in Missouri and Colorado and live in community with other volunteers. The Ignatian formation director instills in volunteers the values and spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Giacabazi, a native of Peoria, Illinois, was an Alum Service Corps volunteer from 2004-2005, teaching Scripture at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri; he entered the Society of Jesus in 2005.
He earned an undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University in political science and international studies, with minors in Spanish and theology. Additionally, he received an advanced degree in philosophy from Regis College at the University of Toronto in Ontario and master’s degrees in divinity and theology from Boston College. He also taught Spanish, Scripture and international studies at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis.
His ordination ceremony will be held on June 13 at Saint Joseph Church in New Orleans. Following ordination, Giacabazi will spend the summer in ministry in Belize before returning to Rockhurst High School to teach Scripture and do pastoral work.
He will transition into his role with the ASC this fall with the help of outgoing director Fr. Kirschman, who has worked with nearly a third of all ASC volunteers. As a member of the ASC leadership team, Fr. Kirschman has helped to expand the size of the program and emphasize the importance of the volunteers’ community life together. [Source: Alum Service Corps]