Fr. Jacob D. Martin, SJ
Fr. Jacob D. Martin, SJ

Fr. Jacob D. Martin, SJ, 40, was born in Chicago and moved to the suburb of Bridgeview when he was 7, where his family attended Saint Fabian Catholic Church. He graduated from St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Illinois, and then went to the University of Illinois at Chicago, receiving a bachelor’s degree in theater in 1999. After college, he spent five years doing improv and sketch comedy in Chicago, including at the ImprovOlympic Theater. While Fr. Martin had thought about being a priest when he was very young at the suggestion of his grandmother, he left the church after college. When his grandmother died in 2001, he found his way back to Mass and began to think seriously about a vocation to the priesthood. Fr. Martin attended discernment meetings through the Archdiocese of Chicago, where someone suggested he think about religious orders. He looked into the Jesuits because he knew of them from the film “The Exorcist,” and as he got to know them, Fr. Martin felt at home and was surprised that they embraced his background in comedy. He entered the Society in 2004 and, as a novice, taught at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis. At Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, he received a master’s degree in philosophy, and then he taught theology and theater for three years at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. In 2012, Fr. Martin headed to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and served as a deacon at the Church of Saint Leo the Great in Oakland, California. During his Jesuit formation, he authored a memoir, “What’s So Funny about Faith,” and performed in a solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. After ordination, Fr. Martin will study for his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Heythrop College in London. He will celebrate his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at Saint Fabian, his family’s parish. (Chicago-Detroit Province)

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