Br. Joe Frias, SJ
Br. Joe Frias, SJ

Describe your current role — what do you do each day?

I work at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. I wear three hats: working in adult spirituality with faculty and staff, teaching two sections of sophomore Scripture, and coordinating an alumni volunteer program which is similar to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The community I live in has five brothers, which is the largest number of brothers in one community that I know of in the United States.

What is the most interesting thing about your vocation?

Being a brother makes me available in a way that a priest cannot be. He has sacramental responsibilities that I do not have. This allows me to be more available and sometimes more involved in the ministry I do. I find that some people who are intimidated by Jesuit priests are more comfortable with me. For some the clerical vocation and power that comes with it can create a barrier.

What do you love most about being a Jesuit brother?

Not everyone enjoys what they do. I like working with high school students; I love watching them grow and mature. That brings me joy. In addition, I love the people I work with. They are good-hearted, generous and professional. I have felt very supported as a religious brother by my colleagues at St. Ignatius. Some are friends who have invited me into their lives and families. The school community is a good place to be. 


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