Fr. Randall S. Gibbens, SJ
Fr. Randall S. Gibbens, SJ

Fr. Randall S. Gibbens, SJ, 37, grew up in Metairie, Louisiana, and attended Jesuit High School of New Orleans. After graduating high school, he headed to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1999. He then worked for a construction company that built golf courses in Houston and the Dominican Republic for three years. It was while working in the Dominican Republic that Fr. Gibbens first began to discern his vocation, and having a cousin, Fr. Tom Greene, SJ, join the Society of Jesus also influenced him. Deciding he wanted to do something different with his life that was more focused on service, Fr. Gibbens returned to the States and worked at Casa Juan Diego, the Catholic Worker House in Houston, for two years before ultimately entering the Jesuits in 2004. He did his long experiment as a novice at La Ciudad de Los Ninos in Guadalajara, Mexico. After two years at the novitiate, he was missioned to Saint Louis University, where he received a master’s degree in philosophy. Fr. Gibbens then went to Jesuit High School in Tampa and taught biology and theology and helped with campus ministry and retreats from 2009 to 2012. For the last three years, Fr. Gibbens studied at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while also working with the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin State Prison. He found prison ministry to be greatly rewarding, as he learned from those he ministered to about being a person of faith. During his formation, Fr. Gibbens has been most inspired by the humble example of the Jesuits with whom he has lived and worked. After ordination, he will work in parish ministry in Honduras. Fr. Gibbens will celebrate his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans. (Central and Southern Province)

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