Fr. Henry J. Shea, SJ
Fr. Henry J. Shea, SJ
Fr. Henry J. Shea, S.J., grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he attended Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School and was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. During fishing trips with his grandfather, an alumnus of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Henry learned about the Society of Jesus. While studying at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., he felt called to become a Jesuit and experienced “an invitation from God” through the lives of the Jesuits he knew there. After completing a bachelor’s degree in government, Henry entered the Jesuit novitiate in Syracuse, New York. As a novice, he worked with the homeless at St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia and with cancer patients at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. In his second year of novitiate, he taught theology and coached mock trial at Scranton Preparatory School in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Missioned next to Fordham University, Henry earned a master’s degree in philosophical resources while working at St. Martin of Tours Church in the Bronx (where he will celebrate a bilingual first Mass of Thanksgiving after ordination). For the next three years, he was missioned to Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland, where he taught theology, served as head debate coach, helped with retreats and announced the basketball games. In 2015, Henry enrolled at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while teaching RCIA, facilitating a Spanish Bible study and serving as a deacon at Saint Columbkille Parish in Brighton, Massachusetts. His Jesuit formation has included summers working in the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Nicaragua; training in spiritual direction at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California; and experiences in research as the assistant editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits. This summer, Henry will serve as a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia. He will leave Richmond in September for England, where he has been missioned to doctoral studies with the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. (Maryland Province)

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