Jesuit Brothers
More than a job

What's in your heart? Sometimes our hearts desire more than a job. Sometimes our hearts desire companions on the spiritual journey. Check out these brothers whose hearts desired more than a job and so they became companions of Jesus as Jesuit brothers.

Br. Justin DeChance, S.J. – In 1933 I was born in Los Angeles, CA, attended the Minor Seminary and the American School in Chicago, and entered the Society on August 10, 1953. My ministry has included Food Service Director and Sacristan at the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos, CA from 1957 to 1959. In 1960 I earned a certificate in Supervision and Management in Nutrition and Food Service from Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, and a diploma as a meat cutter from the National School of Meat Cutting, Toledo, OH. I was Food Service Manager at Sacred Heart Novitiate in Los Gatos, CA from 1960 to 1966. Food Service Manager at the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos from 1966 to 1971, Pastoral Minister at St. Clara’s Parish in Santa Clara, CA from 1971 to 1972, Guest Master and Sacristan for the Community at the University of San Francisco, CA from 1972 to 1974, Bookstore Manager, Audio-Visual Coordinator and Attendance Clerk at Loyola High School of Los Angeles from 1974 to 1979, Assistant Administrator and Consultant to the Rector at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, CA from 1979 to 1985. From 1985 to 2012, I was the Minister/General Manager of the Sacramento Jesuit Community at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA. Presently, I am an assistant to the superior of the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.  Since 1984 I have been active in the National Jesuit Brothers’ Conference and was the Vice Chairman from 1992 to 1994 and Chairman from 1994 to 1997. As St. Rene Goupil, Jesuit Brother said, “God has always given me a great desire to serve Him”. It is my honor to be called a Jesuit Brother!

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 astronomer he curates 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. 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.

In his own words hear Br. Pat Douglas, SJ of the Wisconsin province talk about bringing his faith life to work and that there are no magical answers to a Jesuit vocation.

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. 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.

Br. Joe Frias, S.J. is a third year M-Div student at the School of Theology and Ministry in Brighton, MA. He is a member of the California Province, a native from San Francisco, CA and entered the Society of Jesus in 2002. He taught the Old and New Testament and directed the Christian service program at Verbum Dei High School in Watts, CA.

In his spare time he enjoys going on walks in nature and cooking. He is interested in hospital and prison chaplaincy in the future.

Br. Jim Boynton, S.J. was raised in St. Ignace, Michigan. He entered the Jesuits in 1987, and took final vows in 2003. As a Jesuit, Jim has taught high school in India, Nepal, Cleveland, and Detroit and has served as the vocation director for the Detroit Province. Jim has organized and led numerous medical mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras and traveled with groups of Jesuit novices to Peru for their introduction to the culture and immersion in the language. From 1996-2008, Jim coordinated a program providing English-as-a-second-language classes, medical and legal assistance, and social opportunities to summer migrant workers from Mexico, the Philippines and Jamaica on Mackinac Island, Michigan. In November 2009 Jim was assigned to education work in Haiti. After the devastating earthquake of January 2010 Jim worked with Team Rubicon, a medical relief organization made up of former military medical personnel, many of whom had Jesuit connections. Jim’s current assignment is at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, where he teaches in the History Department.

Br. Jonathan Stott, S.J. grew up in central Connecticut. Prior to entering the Society of Jesus, he completed a Ph.D. in Physics and worked in Boston at both Northeastern University and Massachusetts General Hospital doing research into optical and medical imaging. After taking vows as a Jesuit, Bro. Jonathan was sent to study philosophy for two years at Regis College in the University of Toronto. After completing his philosophy studies, he worked for two years as a research astronomer at the Vatican Observatory where he studied stellar evolution and methods for using stellar pulsations to extract information about the internal structure of stars. Currently, he is in the final semester of a Masters in Theological Studies at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. In the fall, Bro. Jonathan will begin teaching physics at Fairfield University.

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