Fr. John R. Nugent, SJ
Fr. John R. Nugent, SJ

Fr. John R. Nugent, SJ, 33, is a native of Houston and grew up in his family’s longtime parish, Saint Cecilia Catholic Community. He attended Saint Cecilia School, where his grandmother taught for many years. During high school at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, he was involved in athletic training and led retreats, through which he met two Jesuit scholastics whose presence influenced him to consider a Jesuit vocation. In 2000, Fr. Nugent went to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he directed two retreat programs and volunteered for the Student Counseling HelpLine. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in psychology in 2004, he entered the Jesuit novitiate. As a novice, Fr. Nugent worked at Café Reconcile in New Orleans, a hospitality-industry training program for at-risk youth, and he spent several months in Tijuana, Mexico, serving at the soup kitchen and mental hospital of La Casa de los Pobres. In 2009, after receiving his master’s degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University and assisting at Loyola Academy of Saint Louis, he joined the faculty at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. There Fr. Nugent taught chemistry, helped with various student activities and in 2012 received the Patrick Koch, S.J., Award for the faculty member nominated by the student body as most representative of an Ignatian educator. Most recently, Fr. Nugent earned a Master of Divinity degree and a master’s degree in theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. While in Boston, he served as a deacon at Our Lady of Grace in Chelsea/Everett, Massachusetts, and Saint Mary of the Assumption in Revere, Massachusetts. After ordination, he will return to Boston College to pursue a master’s degree in education. Fr. Nugent will celebrate his first Masses at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in New Orleans, where he lived as a novice, and at Saint Joseph in Centerville, Louisiana, where his great-grandmother raised 13 children after her husband’s premature death. (Central and Southern Province)

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