Luke J. Hansen, SJ
Luke J. Hansen, SJ, 35, is from Kaukauna, Wisconsin, a small city near Green Bay. His family belongs to St. Katharine Drexel Parish, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, in 2004 with bachelor’s degrees in political science and religion/philosophy. During college, Hansen played golf, was a resident assistant, was involved in campus ministry and participated in mock trial. After graduation, he joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and spent one year in San Jose, California, working in legal services for mental health patients in the local county jail. Hansen had thought about priesthood and religious life during college, but it was in JVC, when he got to know Jesuits while living near Santa Clara University, that he began to really imagine living as a Jesuit and serving as a priest. He entered the Society in 2005 and as a novice went on a pilgrimage to the U.S.–Mexico border, so he could listen and learn from migrants firsthand. Next, he went to Loyola University Chicago and received a master’s degree in social philosophy in 2010. Hansen then spent two years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota as the volunteer coordinator at Red Cloud Indian School. Missioned next to New York City, he worked as an associate editor at America magazine for two years, where he filed reports from Honduras, El Salvador, the Vatican and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, Hansen received a Master of Divinity degree and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology. He also served as a deacon and taught a class at a federal prison for women in Dublin, California. During his formation, Hansen spent a summer doing an internship with the Jesuits’ Legal Cell for Human Rights in India, and he has been very involved in promoting and supporting the leadership and ministry of women in the church. After ordination, he will serve at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee for six weeks and then begin studies for a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Hansen will celebrate his first Mass as a priest at the Church of the Gesu and a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Katharine Drexel.