Eric M. Sundrup, SJ
Eric M. Sundrup, SJ

Eric M. Sundrup, SJ, 33, is a native of Cincinnati. He first encountered the Jesuits as a student at Xavier University in his hometown, where his exposure to Ignatian contemplation and prayer during a sophomore retreat led to a strong desire to leave college and join the Society of Jesus before graduation. Instead, Sundrup continued his discernment at Xavier, where he was active in service groups and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology before entering the Jesuits in 2003. As a novice, Sundrup discovered a love of Spanish language and culture during a summer trip to Peru, a passion that has remained throughout his formation. At Loyola University Chicago, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy in 2008, and he was later missioned to the Instituto de Idiomas Maryknoll in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for four months of intensive Spanish study followed by a six-month teaching assignment at Colegio Miguel Pro in Tacna, Peru. Missioned next to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Sundrup taught biology and also served as a college counselor, where his ability to communicate with students’ parents in their native Spanish was tremendously valuable. For the last three years, he has been studying at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Raymond’s, a bilingual parish in Dublin, California. One of the highlights of Sundrup’s Jesuit formation has been his work on The Jesuit Post, a website he co-founded in 2012 to discuss the intersection of faith and culture for a young adult audience. The Jesuit Post’s first book was published this year. Following ordination, Sundrup has been missioned to St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan. (Chicago-Detroit Province) 

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