Fr. Julian A. Climaco, SJ
Fr. Julian A. Climaco, SJ

Fr. Julian A. Climaco, SJ, 40, was born in Cebu, Philippines, and lived there until he was 10, when his family immigrated to the United States. They settled in Los Angeles, where Fr. Climaco received an associate’s degree in nursing from Los Angeles Harbor College in 1996. He worked for eight years as a registered nurse, and he stayed connected with the church by working with young people and directing music at his parish. He discovered his vocation after watching the film “The Passion of the Christ” and realizing he wanted to give something more to the church. On the eve of Palm Sunday 2004, Fr. Climaco received an email about the film, which included a link to the Jesuits in Asia website, where he read about the Society and found his calling. That fall, he joined the Jesuits, and as a novice he worked with developmentally handicapped people at the L’Arche community in Seattle. He then studied at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2009, double majoring in philosophy and music. For his next assignment, Fr. Climaco taught religion and choral music for three years at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California, where one highlight was winning a competition that allowed him to take his chamber singers to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York. He also spent summers teaching ESL to schoolteachers in China and studying Spanish in Latin America. Missioned next to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, Fr. Climaco earned a Master of Divinity degree. He also worked as a deacon at the Newman Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and used his nursing skills helping at a free medical clinic for immigrants and the poor in Oakland. His first year of priesthood will be spent assisting at the Newman Center while furthering his theology studies in Berkeley. Fr. Climaco will celebrate his first Mass at his home parish, St. Philomena Church in Carson, California. (California Province)

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