Fr. Ronald R. O'Dwyer, SJ
Fr. Ronald R. O'Dwyer, SJ

Fr. Ronald R. O’Dwyer, SJ, 32, was born in New Orleans and knew the Jesuits from a young age. His great-uncle was a Jesuit, and he was an altar boy at the Jesuits’ Immaculate Conception Church in the city. When Fr. O’Dwyer was 10, he and his family moved to Denver, where he attended Regis Jesuit High School. Fr. O’Dwyer had felt a calling to the priesthood as a young boy, and a trip to Belize to work with the elderly during his senior year strengthened that calling, as he stayed with the Jesuit community and saw how they lived and worked together. After high school, he attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2005 before entering the Jesuit novitiate. As a novice, Fr. O’Dwyer taught religion at Loyola Academy, a Nativity school in St. Louis. Next he studied at Saint Louis University and earned master’s degrees in philosophy and education. Fr. O’Dwyer stayed in St. Louis for his next assignment at De Smet Jesuit High School, where he was director of student activities, taught religion and moderated student government; he also had the chance to teach students he’d first taught at Loyola Academy who were now in high school. After three years, he went to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and received a Master of Divinity degree, while ministering as a deacon at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and teaching confirmation classes at St. Mary of the Assumption in Revere, Massachusetts. Fr. O’Dwyer found it a great privilege to teach and be involved in Catholic education during his Jesuit formation. He will celebrate his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans, and in the fall, Fr. O’Dwyer will return to Boston College to continue studies for his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, with a focus on American Catholic history. (Central and Southern Province)

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