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Georgetown Graduate to Study to Become Jesuit

May 8, 2014 – Kieran Halloran (SFS’14) believes his next step after graduation is a natural fit for him – living out his faith by becoming a Jesuit.

Halloran, who lost his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11, will become the latest Georgetown graduate to enter the Society of Jesus, the largest male religious order in the world.

“I’m looking forward to the community life and to really being able to live out my faith and also live out that call to serve others,” he says.

Understanding a Calling

The regional and comparative studies major is the third member of his family to graduate from Georgetown after his older brothers, Conor (SFS’10) and Jake (B’08).

Kevin O’Brien, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry, says that since 1980, more than 30 Georgetown graduates have entered the Society of Jesus, and that Halloran is a great candidate for the order.

“From his first day freshman year, Kieran has been involved in campus ministry – from our retreats to serving at Mass to participating in our social justice initiatives, and all of these experiences helped him understand deeply his call to become a Jesuit,” O’Brien said. “We are very proud that he has so generously explored the invitation to be a Jesuit.”

Growing Faith

I think the biggest thing was having a community here at Georgetown where I can grow deeper in my faith and continue to explore where God is calling me in life.”

Kieran Halloran (SFS'14)

After graduation, Halloran will move to the Jesuit novice house in Syracuse, N.Y., where he will combine his studies with ministry, pastoral care and discernment.

Philosophy and theology studies on the graduate level will follow as part of what is lengthy formation experience that typically averages 10 years.

Halloran first seriously contemplated joining the Jesuits while on one of Georgetown’s five-day Ignatian Retreats.

“I think I was sort of able to slow things down and being quiet for that week really helped me to hear where I’m being called to,” he explains. “I think the biggest thing was having a community here at Georgetown where I can grow deeper in my faith and continue to explore where God is calling me in life.”

Missing Georgetown

Halloran also is active with the Knights of Columbus and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service through the Hoyas Global Initiative.

He participated in the Campus Ministry-sponsored faith and social justice trip to El Salvador in 2010, studied abroad in Tanzania and volunteered at Nyumbani Village, an orphanage in rural Kenya for HIV/AIDS affected children in 2013.

“I’m going to miss the most I’ll say the people here and the friendships I’ve built along the way,” he says.

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