Stephen N. Wolfe, SJ, 37, was born and raised in Milwaukee. He studied classics and theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee. After graduation, Wolfe stayed at Marquette, doing a campus ministry internship and earning a master’s degree in theology, before joining the Society of Jesus in 2006. Fr. Raymond Gawronski, S.J., was influential in his vocation. After the novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota, Wolfe studied philosophy and spiritual direction at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. Next, he taught philosophy and church history for three years at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. He then studied theology at Boston College and classics at Boston University. For the past year, Wolfe has served as a deacon at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton, Massachusetts. During summers in formation, he took part in a cultural immersion in India, taught English in Poland, assisted at a parish in Jersey City, New Jersey, and studied French, German and Spanish. His first assignment after ordination will be at Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit. Wolfe will celebrate his first Mass as a priest at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Greenfield, Wisconsin, the parish where he served as an altar boy.
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