“What do you seek?”
“What do you seek?”
I am little by little discovering what it means to become ‘fully alive’ by integrating four major pillars in my life: a strong spiritual life, rigorous academic studies, simple community living and accompaniment with the poor. My academic interests involve bridging the gap between theology and social justice work; particularly through music, film and other forms of digital media. I synthesize all my life experiences in one line -- ‘all is gift; all is grace’ [Spiritual Exercises, 322]. It is the mantra that keeps me ever grateful in moments of difficulty and growth.
I graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School ‘09 and continued my undergraduate studies at Fordham University ‘13 in the Bronx, New York, dual majoring in Philosophy and Psychology with a Concentration in American Catholic Studies. While in college I was particularly challenged and inspired during my Spring ‘12 study abroad Casa de la Solidaridad Program in the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Upon graduating Fordham, I entered the Society of Jesus and began my formation towards the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church. I did my two-year Novitiate experience in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic and professed my first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience at my high school alma mater on August 28, 2015. I continued my formation at Loyola University Chicago ‘18 in Chicago, Illinois completing two Masters in Social Philosophy and Digital Media and Storytelling. While in Chicago, my ministry involved accompanying court-involved youth on the Southside of Chicago through Hip-Hop Media Production at a Restorative Justice center called Precious Blood Ministries and as a chaplain at the Cook County Juvenile Detention center. I am currently missioned for two years as a theology teacher and campus minister at my high school alma mater, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, FL.