Fr. Brent H. Otto, SJ
Fr. Brent H. Otto, SJ

Fr. Brent H. Otto, SJ, 35, grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts. His home parish of St. Anselm Church in Sudbury, Massachusetts, played an important role in Fr. Otto’s faith formation. Fr. Otto first met the Jesuits at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. They introduced him to Ignatian spirituality, which opened his eyes to a new, deeply intimate encounter with God and the world. Active in campus ministry and the university’s retreat programs, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and was trained as a teacher. After graduating in 2001, Fr. Otto, whose mother was born in India, won a prestigious one-year Watson Fellowship to study Catholic education in India. When he returned home to the U.S., he taught high school in Auburn, Massachusetts, before entering the Society of Jesus in 2004. As a Jesuit novice, he spent five months in Jamaica, where he taught religion at Campion College, while also helping with remedial reading at St. Anne’s Primary School. In 2006, Fr. Otto was sent to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy before pursuing a joint master’s program in International and Global History from Columbia University in New York and the London School of Economics. After completing these studies, he taught history and worked in campus ministry at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. For theology studies, Fr. Otto was sent to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and will complete a Licentiate in Sacred Theology after ordination. He served as a deacon and RCIA teacher at the Church of Saint Leo the Great in Oakland, California, and as a chaplain at the Port of Oakland; he is currently a board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will be celebrated in his home parish of St. Anselm in Sudbury. (Northeast Province)

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