Fr. Juan Pablo Marrufo del Toro, SJ
Fr. Juan Pablo Marrufo del Toro, SJ

Fr. Juan Pablo Marrufo del Toro, SJ, 36, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He grew up at San Pablo Parish in Guadalajara and attended high school at Guadalupe Zuno, a Marist Brothers school. At the Jesuit University of Guadalajara, he was active in the university’s choir, played guitar for the school’s music group and went on retreats and immersion trips with campus ministry. After graduating in 2001 with a degree in business and physics, he kept up with the “very joyful” Jesuits he had met at the university and continued spiritual direction. For nearly two years, he worked at Deloitte and Touche in Guadalajara, but started a vocational process with the Jesuits in 2002, searching for greater meaning in his life. He was invited to visit the Oregon Province, where he felt right at home, and entered the Society in 2003. As a novice, he was sent on a pilgrimage to Casa de Los Pobres, a homeless shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago in 2009 and taught math and religion at Seattle Preparatory School while working in campus ministry and helping to coach the junior varsity soccer team. He next taught physics and math and worked in campus ministry at Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé in Bogotá, Colombia. He has a pilot’s license, which he has used in Alaska, and has also worked at the Vatican Observatory and with Christus Ministries, providing retreats, spiritual direction and immersions for young adults. In 2012, he began studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Patrick Parish in Oakland, California. Following ordination, Fr. Marrufo del Toro will continue studies at the Jesuit School of Theology toward a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. (Oregon Province)

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