July 30, 2018 – July 31 is the Feast Day of St. Ignatius. We celebrate the feast of a saint who cast aside his life as a soldier so that he could follow his vocation to help and serve others. While St. Ignatius did not know what God had planned for him at the beginning of his conversion, he trusted in His plan. This ultimately led St. Ignatius to develop new ways for praying. In time he brought together several like-minded companions and founded a new religious order. Today, members of the Society of Jesus serve in parishes, retreat houses, schools and social outreach centers around the world.
To honor the feast of our founder, we asked three Jesuits – Fr. Henry Shea, Fr. Eric Studt, and Fr. Brian Konzman – to provide video reflections on St. Ignatius. These men answered their vocation call to become priests and were ordained on June 9, 2018, at the Fordham University Church.
Fr. Henry Shea, SJ
Fr. Shea is currently serving 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.
Fr. Eric Studt, SJ
Fr. Studt is currently working at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. This fall he will head to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland to begin work on a Ph.D.
Fr. Brian Konzman, SJ
Fr. Konzman is currently assigned as an associate pastor at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola in New York City.