Fr. Erick Berrelleza, SJ
Fr. Erick Berrelleza, SJ

Fr. Erick Berrelleza, SJ, 32, is a native of Los Angeles. After his 2001 graduation from high school and a brief time in the college seminary, Fr. Berrelleza headed to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he came to know the Jesuits. In his freshman year of college, the United States was attacked on September 11, an event that had a tremendous influence on his discernment. The tragic attacks helped challenge Fr. Berrelleza to think more about his faith and about what he was being called to do. He threw himself into community service with several non-profit organizations and began meeting with a Jesuit spiritual director. In 2005, after graduating from Loyola Marymount with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, he joined the Jesuits. As a novice, Fr. Berrelleza worked with small Christian communities in the Dominican Republic, traveling to villages that had not seen a priest or religious in several years. His fluency in Spanish proved invaluable. Missioned next to the Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich, he studied political philosophy for two years, adding German to his language repertoire. When he wasn’t studying, Fr. Berrelleza was reaching out to Munich’s homeless population and working with refugees through Jesuit Refugee Service. When he left Germany, Fr. Berrelleza studied theology at Loyola University Chicago before being missioned to Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, where he taught religious studies and coached the cross country and track teams. At the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Mary–St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and serving as the chaplain of the Boston College cross country and track teams. Fr. Berrelleza is a member of the board of trustees at Santa Clara University in California and is an associate trustee of Boston College. After ordination, he hopes to pursue advanced studies in the sociology of religion. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will be celebrated at Loyola Marymount University. (California Province)

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