Michael D. Rozier, SJ
Michael D. Rozier, SJ

Michael D. Rozier, SJ, 32, grew up in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, a town of 4,000 residents the Rozier family has called home for two centuries. As a college student at Saint Louis University, Rozier first met the Jesuits, and their example would have a tremendous impact on the priestly vocation he had considered as far back as high school. Active in campus liturgies, Rozier pursued his pre-med studies vigorously, contributing to public health research projects while also playing French horn in the pep band and serving in student government. After he graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Rozier entered the Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota. Missioned next to Regis College at the University of Toronto, he earned a diploma in philosophical studies and spent a semester in El Salvador learning Spanish and engaging in Jesuit ministry. He received a Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 2008 and then completed a five-month fellowship at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Rozier was next missioned back to Saint Louis University for two and a half years of regency, where he taught global health and public health ethics. He was instrumental in designing the school’s first undergraduate curriculum in public health. Studying since 2011 at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while serving as a deacon at St. Eulalia Parish in Winchester, Massachusetts. While in Boston, Rozier was a contributor to The Jesuit Post, a website founded by Jesuit scholastics, and completed a fellowship for the study of professional ethics. Following ordination, he will return to Saint Louis University for the summer to serve at St. Francis Xavier College Church before beginning doctoral studies this fall in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. (Missouri Province) 

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