Fr. Joseph M. Hill, SJ
Fr. Joseph M. Hill, SJ

Fr. Joseph M. Hill, SJ, 33, grew up in Phoenix until the age of 9 when his family moved to Ascot, about an hour outside London. At Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit boarding school in Lancashire, England, he played rugby, was a member of the cadet corps and, importantly, came to know the Jesuits. As a member of a Stonyhurst prayer group he helped to organize, Fr. Hill heard a powerful call from God to become a priest. Only 15 at the time, he didn’t mention the experience to anyone but quickly found a piece of paper and wrote it all down, knowing that this call would surface again. During a family trip in 2000 to World Youth Day in Rome, the overnight vigil and papal Mass were another turning point in Fr. Hill’s vocation journey. After earning a bachelor’s degree in theology in 2003 from the University of Oxford in Great Britain, Fr. Hill began meeting with a spiritual director and taking courses at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome before entering the Jesuits in 2004. As a novice, he spent four months in Tijuana, Mexico, working in a food distribution center run by Franciscan sisters. Missioned next to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy while coaching Fordham’s rugby team and working with a youth group at St. Martin of Tours Church in the Bronx. For three years at Jesuit High School of New Orleans, Fr. Hill taught theology, worked in campus ministry and continued his rugby coaching. Missioned next to Brazil, Fr. Hill took intensive Portuguese before studying theology at the Jesuit School of Philosophy and Theology in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he earned a master’s degree. Missioned next to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he continued theology studies while serving as a deacon at St. Raphael’s Parish in Medford, Massachusetts. After ordination, Fr. Hill will serve as associate pastor of San Ignacio de Loyola Church in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Parish in New Orleans. (Central and Southern Province)

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