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 in the Bronx, New York, dual majoring in Philosophy and Psychology with a Concentration in American Catholic Studies. Upon graduation, 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 am currently continuing my formation at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois completing two Masters in Social Philosophy and Digital Media and Storytelling, while accompanying court-involved youth on the Southside of Chicago through Hip-Hop Media Production at a Restorative Justice center called Precious Blood Ministries, for the greater glory of God. A.M.D.G.
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Photography courtesy of Teresa Martínez.