Matthew T. Pyrc, SJ
Matthew T. Pyrc, SJ

Matthew T. Pyrc, SJ, 50, grew up in Flint, Michigan, one of eight siblings. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio in 1986 and entered the Franciscan order directly after graduation. For five years, Pyrc went through formation with the Franciscans, studying philosophy and earning a Master of Divinity degree from Regis College at the University of Toronto. In 1991, Pyrc left the Franciscans, although his desire to be engaged in spiritually-fulfilling work was as strong as ever. He returned to Michigan, where he took a job as a family services worker for four years with Boysville, a Catholic-run group home for troubled youth. Seeking a change, Pyrc then moved to Washington State, where he worked for the next 10 years with the Spokane Public School System on a dropout prevention program for underserved youth. During this time, he joined St. Aloysius Church in Spokane, where he came to know the Jesuits and became involved in social justice ministry and Ignatian spirituality. During a life-changing trip to Africa in 2004, Pyrc realized that even though he was doing rewarding work with at-risk youth, he wanted to do something more with his life. Realizing that he was being called to the Society of Jesus, he entered the Jesuits in 2006. After two years at the novitiate in Portland, Oregon, he was next missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology while also studying culture and Spanish for a year in Colombia at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Missioned next to Seattle University for regency, Pyrc has worked in campus ministry for three years while serving as a deacon at the Seattle University chapel. (Oregon Province) 

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