Fr. Jason C. LaLonde, SJ
Fr. Jason C. LaLonde, SJ
Fr. Jason C. LaLonde, S.J., was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida. He experienced a call to the priesthood during his childhood but put discernment on hold during high school and college. At Florida State University in Tallahassee, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2002, majoring in English and history. During college, Jason developed an interest in music and hosted an opera program on FSU’s public radio station. After graduation, he worked in arts administration for the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico for two seasons and for the Sarasota Opera in Florida for a year. Jason then attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, earning an MBA in 2005 while also working for a software company in marketing. After a period away from the church, he began attending Mass daily and met a Jesuit who put him in touch with a vocation promoter. While discerning, Jason participated frequently in eucharistic adoration and also attended a discernment retreat before entering the Society of Jesus in 2007. As a novice, he served in a village in El Salvador, assisting in the Jesuit parish and teaching English in an elementary school. Missioned next to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, he earned a master’s degree in philosophical resources in 2012. Jason did his regency in New Orleans where he taught English, Latin and Greek at Jesuit High School; during that time, he also accompanied students to World Youth Day in Brazil in 2013 and on a service trip to Panama in 2015. At the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree and is working toward a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He served as a deacon at the South Boston-Seaport Catholic Collaborative, ministering at three churches, including the new Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage. His first assignment as a priest will be at Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jason will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Louis at the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France. (USA Central and Southern Province)

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