Fr. Carlos D. Esparza, SJ
Fr. Carlos D. Esparza, SJ

Fr. Carlos D. Esparza, SJ, 35, is from the Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas. As a high school student at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Fr. Esparza first met the Jesuits and was immediately impressed by the intelligent, approachable and committed men who would come to have a profound influence on his life and his vocation. After graduating from high school in 1998, he headed to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on a Department of Defense scholarship. Throughout college, he maintained friendships with Jesuits who were studying at the Weston School of Theology, and he recalls first feeling strongly called to the Society of Jesus while attending the ordination of a Jesuit friend. After earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard in 2002, Fr. Esparza worked for two years for the Department of Defense while continuing to discern his vocation. In 2004, he entered the Jesuits and, as a Jesuit novice, taught math in El Salvador and Belize. Missioned next to New York, he earned a master’s in philosophy from Fordham University in 2008 and a master’s in statistics from Columbia University in 2009. At Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, he taught math for three years while serving as a chaplain for the sports teams and moderating the Hispanic Student Union. In 2012, he was missioned to 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. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville, California. In addition to serving on the board of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Fr. Esparza taught at the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco. Following ordination, he will serve at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Denver. Fr. Esparza will celebrate his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at his home parish of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Richardson, Texas. (Central and Southern Province)

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