Fr. Vincent A. Giacabazi, SJ
Fr. Vincent A. Giacabazi, SJ

Fr. Vincent A. Giacabazi, SJ, 33, grew up just outside Peoria, Illinois. At Holy Family Parish in Peoria, his family was deeply involved in parish life. Fr. Giacabazi’s mother served as the director of religious education, while his father was on the parish council. Fr. Giacabazi assisted as an altar server starting in second grade and continued through his years at Peoria Notre Dame High School, where he ran cross country and assumed senior leadership roles with the statewide Key Club. After graduation in 2000, Fr. Giacabazi headed to Saint Louis University, where he met Jesuit mentors and became involved in campus ministry, serving as the sacristan for the university’s Sunday Masses. In 2004, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science before joining the Jesuits’ Alum Service Corps for a one-year teaching assignment at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri. While on retreat that year, Fr. Giacabazi experienced God’s call for him to apply to the Society. He entered the novitiate in the fall of 2005 and, as a novice, served for five months in Punta Gorda, Belize, teaching confirmation classes and conducting retreats. Missioned next to Regis College at the University of Toronto, Fr. Giacabazi earned a Diploma in Philosophical Studies before being missioned to De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, where he taught Spanish, international studies and Scriptures for three years. His Jesuit formation took him next to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and a master’s in theology with a focus on the New Testament. Inspired by his great-aunt, a Benedictine nun who has served for over 60 years in Mexico, Fr. Giacabazi enjoyed his work in Hispanic ministry at St. Columbkille Parish in Brighton, Massachusetts. Following ordination, he will return to Belize for the summer and start again at Rockhurst High in the fall. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans. (Central and Southern Province)

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