Br. Ken Homan, SJ
Br. Ken Homan, SJ

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

My role as a brother right now is as a theology teacher and wrestling coach. On any given day, I teach three sections of freshmen Biblical Literature and one of junior Christian Discipleship. In the afternoons, I typically lift weights and help out in the fitness center, and then coach wrestling after that. Wrestling is a pretty big time commitment. I also work with The Jesuit Post as a writer and help on some other projects, do work with the Ignatian Solidarity Network and try to keep active with woodworking and hiking on the weekends.

What is the most interesting thing about your vocation?

Maybe the most interesting part is all of the great opportunities I've had — I've gone to Peru, worked as a forest ranger/volcano tour guide, been an English teacher and done a master's studying labor history. It's hard to pinpoint a single most interesting thing when my vocation has been constantly enlivening as a whole.

What do you love most about being a Jesuit brother?

I think I love most the ability to constantly explore who I am and my relationship with God and the community around me. Being a brother allows me to constantly adventure, and I absolutely love adventures.

What is it about your current role that you are most grateful for?

Right now, I'm most grateful for the ability to teach what I love. Though my master's degree is in history, I really love theology. My dad taught theology for 25 years, and I call him weekly to ask how to teach different topics.

Why did you feel called to serve as a Jesuit brother?

I think I felt called to be a brother because of its history and future. Brothers have a history of real hands-on work, which I very much love and appreciate. But as the Jesuits continue to shift in terms of numbers, of what the world needs of us, etc., that role as a brother has shifted. And since I love adventure, learning what it means to be a brother is something I really love.

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