Fr. Aaron K. Engebretson, SJ
Fr. Aaron K. Engebretson, SJ

Fr. Aaron K. Engebretson, SJ, 35, grew up in Kalispell, Montana. Faith has always been an important part of his life. As a young boy, Fr. Engebretson would attend Catholic Mass on Saturday nights with his dad and stepmother and then head to evangelical Protestant services on Sunday mornings with his mother. After graduating from Flathead High School in Kalispell in 1999, he was awarded a debate scholarship to attend Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history while working part-time at the district office of his U.S. Congressional representative. During his sophomore year of college, Fr. Engebretson began the process of converting to Catholicism and discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Feeling called to the Jesuits, he began communicating with a Jesuit vocation director and entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 after graduating from college. As a novice, he served as a student teacher at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington, for five months and was later missioned to the University of Toronto’s Regis College for advanced philosophy studies. He later earned a master’s degree in education from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and spent a summer working at the Jesuit archives in Rome. Missioned back to Bellarmine Prep, he taught history for three years while also coaching the golf team and serving on the school’s board of directors. At the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree and a master’s degree in secondary education administration from Boston College. In addition, he served as a deacon at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and as a graduate assistant for Boston College’s golf teams. After ordination, Fr. Engebretson will serve as a teacher and administrator at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California. (Oregon Province)

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