Fr. Eric Sundrup, S.J. – an associate editor and director of audience development for America Magazine and one of the co-founders of The Jesuit Post – visited Prep on Wednesday as part of Jesuit Vocations Month. Fr. Sundrup met with students in the library to discuss his own call to live as a Jesuit priest, and how he lives his vocation through his work at America.
Fr. Sundrup discussed the process of discernment that is central to Ignatian spirituality, and his own experience of discovering that the Society of Jesus offered him the best path to "becoming more myself." He outlined the distinction between a vocation – such as being a Jesuit – and a job – such as being a Jesuit who works in social media. He also recalled that his earliest interest in joining the order was an interest in what Jesuits do, but that over time was he able to find that the whys and hows of life as a Jesuit resonated with him as well.
Fr. Sundrup advised the gathered students to be open to a Jesuit vocation – while acknowledging that no vocation is the right fit for everyone – and to be supportive of anyone they know who might be considering one. These are the best steps, he explained, for ensuring the future strength of Jesuit works, in education and other fields, and an opportunity for Jesuit school students and alumni to "give something back."
To learn more about Jesuit vocations, visit BeAJesuit.org