Where Will God Find You?

For Rev. James Martin, S.J., the call to find God began at the end of long day of work in corporate finance at GE. A member of the Society of Jesus for 26 years, Fr. Martin talks about his religious vocation in a recent interview for public radio, hosted by On Being’s Krista Tippett.

Rev. Carlos Esparza, S.J., is a Jesuit priest living in community with the Brothers of Holy Cross while he pursues a doctorate in economics at the University of Texas. Prior to entering The Society of Jesus in 2004, Fr. Carlos worked for the Department for Defense for two years after completing a computer science degree at Harvard University.

He first thought about the priesthood while still at Harvard when he attended the ordination of a Jesuit teacher he knew from attending high school at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. “I was never expecting to be called,” the 37-year-old Jesuit remembered. “God pulled me out of my own messiness.”

Living with religious brothers in St. Joseph Hall at St. Edward’s University is a little different than the Jesuit communities he’s known, but Fr. Carlos appreciates the welcoming community within the Congregation of Holy Cross.

“There are some changes,” he noted. “But what ties us together is our mission as educators. It’s also neat to get a different perspective of the charism, the mission and the ministry that brings the brothers together. It’s a blessing.”