Christopher A. Calderón, S.J., 33, grew up in Los Angeles in a family where faith plays a meaningful role. He and his two younger brothers all attended Catholic schools, but it was his grandmother who first taught him how to pray and his mother who demonstrated what it means to live by faith. The day after his First Communion, his grandmother signed him up to be an altar server, serving six days a week. Church quickly became home. Calderón attended Loyola High School of Los Angeles, where he was blessed to meet the Jesuits. He received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies with minors in Spanish and theology from the University of San Francisco in 2005. At USF, Calderón supported university ministry by coordinating the office of community service and participating in many immersion and retreat experiences. He also studied abroad in El Salvador. After college, he returned to Loyola High to teach before eventually joining the Society of Jesus in 2006. As a novice, Calderón worked on the U.S.–Mexico border with migrants and at a L’Arche community in Seattle, where people with and without disabilities live together in mutual relationship. After pronouncing vows, he studied at Loyola University Chicago, where he completed a master’s degree in applied ethics in 2011. Afterward, Calderón served as a faculty member and administrator at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix for three years. Then missioned to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in 2014, he worked on a Master of Divinity degree, in addition to serving as the chaplain to both the BC baseball team and a Spanish-speaking community at a local men’s prison. Calderón also spent a semester studying Ignatian spirituality in Madrid. After ordination to the priesthood, he will pursue a Master of Education in secondary education leadership at Harvard University. Calderón will celebrate Mass first with his brother ordinands at Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University followed by a Mass of Thanksgiving at Loyola High School. (California Province)
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