Eric R. Ramirez, SJ
Eric R. Ramirez, SJ

Eric R. Ramirez, SJ, 34, grew up in the small west Texas town of San Angelo. Even back in high school, Ramirez considered a vocation to the priesthood, but it wasn’t until his college years at Angelo State University that he started discerning in earnest. While earning a bachelor’s degree in English and working with the school’s Newman Center, Ramirez began corresponding with a Jesuit vocation director, Fr. Marvin Kitten, who mailed packets of information about the Society of Jesus to the Ramirez home. Ramirez was intrigued, but so was his mail carrier, who recognized the return address and handwriting of his Uncle Marvin. Although a spectacular coincidence, it was just another way God seemed to be calling Ramirez to the Jesuits; he entered the Society in 2002. After the novitiate, Ramirez was missioned to Loyola University Chicago, where he studied philosophy while earning a master’s degree in English and serving as the chaplain for the men’s volleyball team. For his regency assignment, Ramirez taught English and theology at Jesuit High School of Tampa while helping with the school’s retreat program and moderating the hockey team and the dad’s club. Always drawn to the global aspect of the Society of Jesus, Ramirez jumped at the chance to study theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Arriving in Rome in 2011, not knowing a word of Italian, he quickly embraced the language and culture, earning a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology while also serving as a contributor to The Jesuit Post website. Ordained as a deacon at the Church of the Gesù in Rome, the mother church of the Society of Jesus, Ramirez has been honored to serve as the Gesù’s master of ceremonies for a number of memorable liturgies, including Pope Francis’ Masses celebrating St. Ignatius’ feast day and the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. (New Orleans Province)

Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America 10/14/19

America 9/30/19

America 9/16/19

Eastern Point Retreat House
Eastern Point Retreat House, a grand house located on the Atlantic shore in Gloucester, Mass., has been welcoming retreatants since 1958.