One year ago, Jesuit Father Carlos Esparza was ordained at St. Joseph Church in New Orleans after nearly 11 years in the Society of Jesus. But prior to his discernment, if you had told Fr. Esparza that he would one day become a Jesuit priest, he would have called you crazy. Looking back, he credits his time at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas with planting the seed for his vocation. “The first thing that I remember about Jesuit [College Prep] is the community feel there. I really did believe there was a sense of brotherhood,” Fr. Esparza said. After graduating in 1998, Fr. Esparza studied computer science at Harvard University. During his time there, he remained close with Jesuits who were studying at the Weston School of Theology (now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry). He remembers first hearing the call to the priesthood during his senior year at a friend’s Jesuit ordination, where he had “a profound sense that God was present.” Despite this strong feeling, Fr. Esparza accepted a job at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he worked for two years. However, he continued to feel a pull toward the priesthood. “In the back of my mind, I had this calling. Everything I thought I wanted was being shaken up.” Source.