Mario M. Powell, SJ
Mario M. Powell, SJ

Mario M. Powell, SJ, 32, spent his early childhood in Hawaii before moving to Santa Monica, California, in grade school. Powell, a convert to Catholicism at age 13, attended St. Monica’s grammar school and first encountered the Jesuits at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. As an undergraduate at Boston College, Powell was active in leadership and service groups and also participated in speech and debate while earning a bachelor’s degree in history. Initially, he aspired to become a lawyer, but his service work with the poor helped to shift his focus away from his own desires to the question of what God was calling him to do. In 2003, he entered the Society of Jesus. After two years as a Jesuit novice, he was missioned to Saint Louis University where he earned a master’s degree in American studies. For his three-year regency assignment, Powell taught history and theology at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, while founding the Model U.N. Club and coaching the downhill ski team. At the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Powell earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Throughout his nine months at St. Ignatius Parish, Powell was challenged and confirmed in his priestly vocation. Following his assignment this summer at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem, New York, Powell will return to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry to complete a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. (New England Province) 

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