Fr. José A. “Pepe” Ruiz-Andujo, SJ
Fr. José A. “Pepe” Ruiz-Andujo, SJ

Fr. José A. “Pepe” Ruiz-Andujo, SJ, 32, is a native of Juarez, Mexico. He attended a Marist school from kindergarten through high school, where his father ran a spiritualty program. His father’s spiritual director was Fr. Richard Thomas, a Jesuit in El Paso, Texas, just across the border, whose spiritualty influenced Fr. Ruiz. He began discerning a vocation in high school, but decided he needed more experiences and went to college at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Mexico, where he studied business and industrial engineering. Halfway through college, he again felt the call to a vocation after a retreat with Fr. Thomas. Fr. Ruiz took a year off school to do volunteer work with Fr. Thomas in Juarez—work that moved him in a way that engineering and business hadn’t. After his yearlong discernment, he returned to college for one semester before joining the Jesuits in 2004, entering the novitiate in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, because of his connection with U.S. Jesuits. As a novice, he worked as a campus minister at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Next Fr. Ruiz went to Saint Louis University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2009. He then taught theology and Spanish, helped with retreats and led the engineering club at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston for three years. In 2012, Fr. Ruiz began studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he received a Master of Divinity degree and a master’s degree in theology with a focus on Ignatian spirituality. Fr. Ruiz, who loves being a bridge-builder between different cultures, has enjoyed his ministry as a deacon at a Hispanic parish, Holy Family, as well as at Blessed Mother Teresa, both in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Fr. Ruiz will celebrate his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans and serve as a campus minister at St. Louis University High School starting this fall. (Central and Southern Province)

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