This retreat is at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center in St. Louis, MO. There will be vocation presentations followed by two and a half days of silent prayer guided by an individual spiritual director. The retreat is free to attend. We ask that you arrive by 4:00pm on the first day and do not plan to depart until after lunch on the last day. We will organize pick up and drop off from the airport.
To inquire about attending, please contact our vocation promoters: UCSVocationCoordinator@jesuits.org
La Provincia del Este de los Estados Unidos es una de las cinco provincias de la Conferencia Jesuita de Canadá y los Estados Unidos, que incorpora la parte oriental de los Estados Unidos desde Maine hasta Georgia y el distrito de Columbia. Los jesuitas de esta provincia también viven y sirven en Micronesia y Fiji. La provincia incluye colegios y universidades como College of the Holy Cross y Georgetown University, escuelas secundarias como Fordham Preparatory School y Cristo Rey Jesuit High School en Baltimore, y una serie de escuelas pre-secundarias, parroquias, centros de retiro y varias otras obras.
Fr. Sean Hagerty, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the UEA Province. That means that Fr. Hagerty is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He joined the Jesuits in 2012, after having served in the U.S. army. He has ministered in prisons, campus ministries and hospitals, and conducted research into just war, moral injury and the reintegration of soldiers into the Catholic community. He was just ordained a priest in 2022.
Fr. Hagerty is happy to answer YOUR questions about Jesuit life! Feel free to email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet, submit your information on the above form and someone from Fr. Hagerty’s team will get back to you ASAP.
La Provincia del Oeste de Estados Unidos es una de las cinco provincias de la Conferencia Jesuita de Canadá y Estados Unidos. Comprende diez estados: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawái, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregón, Utah y Washington. Los jesuitas en el oeste son un grupo diverso de hombres que sirve a Cristo y a su Iglesia en 19 instituciones educativas, 13 parroquias, 2 centros de retiro y otros ministerios sociales y pastorales como Industrias Homeboy, la Iniciativa Jesuita de Justicia Restaurativa (JRJI por sus siglas en inglés), la Iniciativa Kino Border (KBI), las Misiones Nativas Americanas y el Ministerio de Cristo para adultos jóvenes, por nombrar solo algunos.
Fr. Andrew Laguna, SJ, is the vocation promoter for the US West Province. That means that he is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He has been a Jesuit for thirteen years and a priest for two years. Over the course of that time he has taught high school theology and coached running; worked and traveled with Jesuits in Latin America; and served as a parochial vicar at parishes in San Diego and San Jose, CA.
Fr. Andrew is here to answer your questions about Jesuit life! Submit your information, and he will get back to you as soon as possible.
Fr. Robert Murphy, SJ, grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans, LA. He met the Society of Jesus at Jesuit High School. At the University of South Alabama in Mobile, he earned a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. While working as a staff physical therapist in Laurel, MS, he became a Certified Athletic Trainer. In 2003, he entered the Jesuit novitiate in Grand Coteau, LA. After taking first vows in 2005, he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University while also studing philosophy. In addition, he spent time in El Salvador studying Spanish. While in regency at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, he served as director of campus ministry, a teacher of Spanish, and a coach of soccer. In 2011, he was sent to Boston College where he earned a Masters in Divinity and License in Sacred Theology. He was ordained a priest in 2014 and spent his first year at a bilingual parish in San Antonio, TX. After he returned to Saint Louis University, to serve as the campus minister for health care students and coordinator of the retreat program. After time Ireland and Kenya, he joined the vocations team in 2020. He enjoys running as well as playing and watching sports. He also likes traveling, cooking, and watching comic book movies and shows.
Fr. Joseph Hill, SJ, was born in Phoenix, AZ, the third of four sons of an American mother and a Canadian father. At nine years old he moved to England. He met the Jesuits in high school at Stonyhurst College. He attended the University of Oxford, earning a degree in theology in 2003. In 2004 he entered the Jesuit novitiate in south Louisiana. After taking first vows in 2006, he studied a Master’s in philosophy at Fordham University in New York. For regency, he then spent three years teaching theology at Jesuit High School, New Orleans. In 2012 he was sent to study theology at FAJE in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, earning a master’s degree in 2014. He returned to Boston, MA, earning a MEd at Boston College in 2015. He was ordained a Catholic priest on June 13th, 2015. For one year he was associate pastor at Parroquia San Ignacio in San Juan, Puerto Rico and chaplain of the parish elementary school. From 2016 to 2021 he taught theology and directed campus ministry at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis. He joined the vocation promotion team in 2021. Fr. Joseph loves teaching, giving retreats and leading pilgrimages to holy sites. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing sports, hanging out with friends, and travelling to exotic places.
Fr. Michael Wegenka, SJ, was born in Midland, Michigan, lived briefly in Carmel, Indiana, and grew up in Katy, Texas. He attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory school and entered the Society of Jesus when he was 18. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature from Fordham University in 2011. He taught British Literature and Sacred Scripture to sophomores at Regis Jesuit High School in Centennial, Colorado for three years and then received an M.Div. from Boston College in 2017. He completed an S.T.L. in Historical/Systematic Theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and was ordained a priest in 2018. After spending a year as an associate pastor at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, he served for three years as the Pastoral Director at his alma mater, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston. He became a vocation promoter in 2022 and now lives in Denver. He enjoys reading and discussing a Catholic novel, skiing, beating his older brother’s time in half-marathons, and spending as much time as possible near the Great Lakes or the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.
They are ready to answer your questions about Jesuit life. Submit your information, and Fr. Murphy, Fr. Hill and Fr. Wegenka will get back to you as soon as possible.
La Provincia Central y Sur de Estados Unidos es una de las cinco provincias de la Conferencia Jesuita de Canadá y Estados Unidos. La provincia abarca 13 estados desde Florida hasta Colorado, el territorio de Puerto Rico y la nación de Belice. Servimos al pueblo de Dios en siete centros de retiro y espiritualidad, y en 14 parroquias. Continuamos la tradición de la educación jesuita en seis instituciones de educación superior, 12 escuelas secundarias, una escuela media y un instituto de investigación social.
La Provincia de Canadá es una de las cinco provincias jesuitas en la Conferencia Jesuita de Canadá y los Estados Unidos, y que incluye las diez provincias canadienses y tres territorios. Aquí están incorporadas: Campion College en Regina, Loyola High School en Montreal, Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Center en Pickering, y Our Lady of Lourdes Parish en Toronto.
El P. Edmund Lo, SJ, es promotor vocacional de la Provincia de Canadá y también de Haití. Eso significa que el P. Edmund es el responsable de acompañar a los hombres que están discerniendo una vida en la Compañía de Jesús. Ha sido sacerdote jesuita durante más de dos años. En ese tiempo trabajó principalmente con adultos jóvenes en todo Canadá, ocupándose de la pastoral universitaria en las universidades, dirigiendo retiros para adultos jóvenes y ofreciendo talleres sobre la espiritualidad ignaciana, particularmente, sobre las reglas de San Ignacio para el discernimiento de los espíritus.
Brother Dan Leckman, SJ is a vocation promoter for the Canadian province. That means that Daniel is responsible for accompanying men who are discerning a life in the Society of Jesus. He’s been a Jesuit Brother for 10 years. Over the course of that time he’s acted as spiritual director, has run and developed retreats, and has taught catechism to children and adults. Daniel is here to answer YOUR questions about Jesuit life! Submit your information, and he will get back to you ASAP.
El P. John O’Brien, SJ, es el director de vocaciones de la provincia de Canadá. Eso significa que es el responsable de guiar a los hombres que están discerniendo una vida en la Compañía de Jesús a través del proceso de admisión. Es sacerdote jesuita desde 2017. A lo largo de ese tiempo ha impartido muchos retiros ignacianos a jóvenes adultos y profesionales de todo el país.
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Br. Matt Wooters, SJ is a native of Washington, DC. He joined the Jesuits in 2012 after graduating from John Carroll University. After college, he served for two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Belize. His graduate degrees are in Social Work and Theology from Saint Louis University and Santa Clara University, respectively. Br. Matt has spent most of his life working with folks experiencing homelessness, migrants, and those struggling with addiction. He is an open water swimmer, a sometimes podcaster, and a lover of stand-up comedy.
Fr. Eric was ordained a priest in June of 2022, and his first assignment is working with the vocation team for the Midwest Province. A native of Green Bay, WI, Eric’s Jesuit life has taken him to Boston, Chicago, and St. Paul. He’s studied Education, Philosophy, and Theology at the graduate level, and is currently working toward a degree in Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. In his free time, he enjoys exercise, reading and writing, playing the drums, singing, and watching sitcoms (especially Brooklyn 99, New Girl, and Parks & Recreation). In the past year, he picked up two new hobbies: Spikeball and squash.
Br. Matt and Fr. Eric accompany men considering a life in the Society of Jesus, serving across 12 states in the Midwest. They are passionate about sharing information on Jesuit life, answering questions, and accompanying people in discernment. Reach out, and they’ll get back to you ASAP.
La Provincia del Medio Oeste es una de las cinco provincias de la Conferencia Jesuita de Canadá y Estados Unidos. Comprende doce estados: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Dakota del Norte, Ohio, Dakota del Sur, Wisconsin y Wyoming. Los jesuitas del Medio Oeste trabajan en escuelas secundarias, centros de retiro, parroquias, universidades y otros ministerios. Si sigues el “March Madness”, probablemente reconozcas a las universidades jesuitas del Medio Oeste como Creighton, Marquette, Xavier y Loyola Chicago.