Eric M. Studt, SJ, was raised in Gardner, Massachusetts, where he attended Holy Rosary Church. He graduated from Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and then attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he first met the Jesuits and received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2004. During college, Eric was an organist at local parishes, studied abroad in France and attended a Spiritual Exercises retreat his senior year that was influential in his discernment. After graduation, he received a Watson Fellowship to study music in Latin America for a year, including in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. In Bolivia, Eric lived in a Jesuit community for six weeks, where he experienced their generosity and hospitality and was impressed by their simplicity and devotion to justice. He next worked as a volunteer teacher for a year at the Nativity School of Worcester before entering the Jesuits in 2006. Eric worked with immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and helped at a parish and high school in Jamaica as a novice. He then studied at the Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich, Germany, receiving a master’s degree in philosophy in 2012. After completing his degree, he spent time in Jordan teaching English to refugees. Missioned next to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia for two years, Eric taught philosophy and worked in campus ministry, helping with retreats. He then went to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and received a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and served as a deacon at Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. During his formation Eric also spent a summer teaching philosophy to Jesuits in Vietnam and worked with the Ignatian Spirituality Project in Boston, giving retreats to homeless and formerly homeless men. After ordination, he will spend the summer working at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., and then head to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland to begin work on a Ph.D. Eric will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Name Parish, where he served as a deacon. (USA Northeast Province)
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