Fr. Sean M. Salai, S.J., 37, grew up in Indiana and attended Wabash College, where he served as the editor of the student news magazine and entered the Catholic Church. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history, then worked as a reporter at the Washington Times. He began discerning a vocation to the priesthood and discovered the Jesuits, immediately drawn to their spirituality and sense of balance. He worked briefly for the Boca Raton News before entering the Society of Jesus in 2005. As a Jesuit, he has worked in campus ministry at Loyola University New Orleans and at a L’Arche community for people with intellectual disabilities in Mobile, Alabama. He earned a master’s degree in applied philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, while also teaching at a Latino parish. He taught theology, helped with the band and coached the speech and debate team at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, while working as a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison and serving as deacon at St. Isidore parish in Danville. He is also a special contributor to America magazine. The author of two books, including “All the Pope’s Saints: The Jesuits Who Shaped Pope Francis,” Fr. Salai will be assigned as parochial vicar to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in San Antonio. (Central and Southern Province)
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