Fr. Sean P. Toole, SJ
Fr. Sean P. Toole, SJ

Fr. Sean P. Toole, SJ, 33, is a native of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. He attended Rutgers University in New Jersey and received a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and geography, with certificates in urban planning and international geographic perspectives. While studying city planning, Fr. Toole realized he wanted to help people more directly than policy work allowed. He sought guidance at the Rutgers Catholic Center and a nun there (lamenting, “the Dominicans will kill me for telling you this”) suggested he check out the Jesuits. Fr. Toole spent two summer breaks living with Jesuits and teaching middle school students in New York City and Chicago. These experiences helped him get to know the Society, and Fr. Toole joined the Jesuits after graduating from Rutgers in 2004. As a novice, he worked with Catholic Charities’ refugee resettlement program in Syracuse, New York, and spent a semester working in campus ministry at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. He was then missioned to Saint Louis University, where he received a master’s degree in urban affairs in 2009. He spent the next three years at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore teaching U.S. government and working in campus ministry. There he had the chance to design classes and retreats for the new school and teach their first graduating class. Next, he was missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where Fr. Toole earned a Master of Divinity degree and a master’s degree in theology, as well as a Black Church/Africana Religious Studies certificate. Fr. Toole also served as a deacon at St. Augustine Church in Oakland and was a volunteer for the chapel and baseball programs at San Quentin State Prison. After ordination, Fr. Toole will join the staff at St. Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan. He will celebrate his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at St. Matthew Parish in his hometown. (Maryland Province)

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