Fr. Keith A. Maczkiewicz, S.J., was born and raised on Long Island, New York, with his four siblings, including a twin sister. He was an altar server for many years at his family’s parish, St. Joseph Church in Ronkonkoma, New York. Keith attended Emerson College in Boston before transferring to Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he met the Jesuits. At Fairfield, he was involved in campus ministry and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and American studies in 2004. Keith then began a service-teaching program, Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT), through Providence College in Rhode Island. He served as director of campus ministry for two years at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, while living in community with other volunteer teachers and earning his master’s degree in secondary education from Providence College in 2006. He next worked at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania in university ministry and lived in the dorm as a resident chaplain. Calling his vocation “quietly obvious,” given all his work in campus ministry and with the Jesuits, Keith entered the Society of Jesus in 2008. As a novice, he worked as a teaching assistant and in campus ministry at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He then studied at Loyola University Chicago, receiving a master’s degree in social philosophy in 2013. Missioned next to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Keith worked for two years in the chaplain’s office and in the office of the vice president of mission. This past May, he earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. He also served as a deacon and director of faith formation at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Oakland, California. After ordination, Keith will return to the Jesuit School of Theology to complete his Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish, St. Joseph Church. (USA Northeast Province)
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