Br. John Fava, SJ
Br. John Fava, SJ

Describe your current role — what do you do each day?

I am currently on sabbatical. As part of my sabbatical, I am taking computer classes and theology classes. I also have more free time to interact with family members, colleagues, friends and high school classmates. While on sabbatical I continue to serve as minister of the Jesuit community at White House Retreat. I do some of the building maintenance, purchase community supplies and keep the books for the Jesuit community.

I also serve as a chaplain for the St. Louis City Police Department. As chaplain I offer spiritual and personal guidance to police officers and their families. In order to build up rapport with the officers, I ride an eight-hour shift with the officers in their police car. I do ride-alongs about three times a month.

What is the most interesting thing about your vocation?

I get to serve Christ, the Church and the Society in a variety of ways. I was a high school teacher and coach for 22 years. I worked in a parish for one year. I served as minister of the community at a house for retired and semi-retired Jesuits for five years. I worked at a retreat house for 13 years. I have been a police chaplain for 26 years. I was ordained a permanent deacon in 1984, and thus, I can officiate at baptisms, weddings and funerals.

What do you love most about being a brother?

I love being a brother because I know that I have had an impact on many people. Through the years I have been able to bring joy and happiness to many people, and I have also helped several people deal with some serious personal issues. Hopefully, this interaction has brought them closer to God and made their faith in Jesus Christ grow stronger.

Click here to read more from Jesuit News about Br. Fava's ministry.

Br. Fava's police badge.

Br. Fava on patrol in Ferguson, Missouri.

In his free time, Br. Fava enjoys fishing.


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