Fr. Daniel T. Spotswood, SJ
Fr. Daniel T. Spotswood, SJ
Jesuit Father Daniel T. Spotswood, 33, one of nine children, was born in Mobile, Alabama. Although Fr. Spotswood had thought about becoming a priest when he was just a boy, that idea was far from his mind while attending Montgomery Catholic High School. It was only when he returned to Mobile and met the Jesuits at Spring Hill College that Fr. Spotswood found a model of the priesthood that appealed to him deeply. He began taking history, theology and philosophy classes while embracing his faith and forming friendships with Jesuits, who greatly influenced his vocation. In 2005, Fr. Spotswood graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary humanities and then continued discerning his vocation while serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for a year. As a volunteer on the Colville Indian Reservation in Omak, Washington, he taught religion and reading at a Native American elementary school. His time working in native ministry was a powerful confirmation of his vocation, and Fr. Spotswood entered the Jesuits in 2006. As a novice, he continued his work in native ministry in Alaska and Canada and taught at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington, for several months. Missioned next to Regis College at the University of Toronto, he studied philosophy and anthropology for two years while working in native ministry at St. Ann’s Parish. In 2010, he was missioned back to Gonzaga Prep, where he taught theology for two years while serving as the school’s director of diversity and working with the rock climbing club, which helped inspire a new passion. Missioned next to Guatemala for five months of intensive Spanish study, he then attended the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, where he earned a master’s degree in theology while working in a Fe y Alegría school in Soacha. His time in the Andes also allowed Fr. Spotswood to pursue his love for high-altitude mountain climbing, a sport that has taken him to 20,000 feet in treks to Peru and Ecuador. After ordination, Fr. Spotswood went on to study social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will took place at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Spokane, where he also served as a deacon. (Oregon Province)

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