Fr. Roberto Carlos Durán, SJ, was born in San Miguel in eastern El Salvador. He was raised by his grandmothers in San Salvador, and the family attended Santa Lucía Parish in Ilopango, San Salvador. Carlos received a bachelor’s degree in social communication from Universidad Don Bosco in San Salvador in 2004 while learning English at Centro Cultural Salvadoreño. The next year, he moved to San Francisco and worked for a small Hispanic newspaper, El Bohemio News, covering local events in the city and coordinating advertising. Helping with the Hispanic youth group at Mission Dolores Parish sparked his interest in religious life, and after contacting the Jesuits online, Carlos began receiving spiritual direction from a Jesuit deacon at St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco. After attending several discernment retreats and a silent retreat at the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City, California, he decided to join the Society. As a novice, Carlos taught Spanish at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and volunteered at a L’Arche community in Seattle, where people with and without disabilities live together in mutual relationship. He was next missioned to Loyola University Chicago for one year before moving to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Colegio Máximo de San José. While in Buenos Aires, Carlos also did youth ministry at Santa Brigida Parish. Next, he was missioned to teach Spanish and religion at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, where he also led student immersion trips to El Salvador and Taiwan. Carlos spent one summer in Madrid, working at Pueblos Unidos, a Jesuit organization that offers services for immigrants and the unemployed. He moved to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry to begin a degree in theology and served as a deacon at Immaculate Conception Parish in Everett, Massachusetts. As an ordained priest, Carlos serves as the associate pastor at the parish of San Bartolomé in Arcatao, El Salvador, where he celebrated his first Mass of Thanksgiving. (USA West Province)
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