2018 looks to be a promising and exciting year. Here’s a little update on what is ahead for me.
- Master’s Studies in Spanish and Social Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago: I’ll have two classes in Spanish and two classes in Social Philosophy. The Spanish classes will be on Hispanic Women Writers and Linguistic Pedagogy. The social philosophy classes will be on epistemology and the dialogue between faith and reason.
- Writing for La Fragua, the Jesuit theater in Honduras, and Trips to Honduras: For the last few months, I’ve been working on a book about Central America’s Jesuit theater, called La Fragua. The company focuses on plays about Central American culture, politics, and religion. Its name “fragua” means “to forge”: the theater is seeking to “forge” a Honduran cultural identity amidst a world of increasing homogeny and globalization. To continue with this project, I will return to Honduras for one week in March and one month in July.
- Teaching religion at St. Procopius School in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood: This semester I’ll be gearing the 8th graders up for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will look at faith in the context of their culture, their families, and their personal lives. We want the kids to be knowledgeable about their faith, and we also want the kids to know Jesus personally. I’m excited to see which saints will be their patrons!
- Interfaith ministry at a detention center for undocumented and unaccompanied children: This work continues to be both a delight and a challenge. It is a delight because I am grateful for the opportunity to be in solidarity with the undocumented and for the chance to “be a kid” with the children. It is a challenge because I know that many of the kids have suffered trauma during their journey into the U.S. and because our country does not welcome these little ones as we should.
- Chaplaincy for the Loyola Students for Life: Being pro-life is an essential part of who I am. I support the human right to life from conception to natural death, and I see this right as the most fundamental and most important right there is. It is a pleasure to accompany the undergraduate students at Loyola who feel as passionate as I do about this topic. I’ll be journeying to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January with the students and with several Jesuit brothers.
- Chaplaincy for the Loyola Men’s Soccer Team: Though the spring semester will not be as soccer-heavy as the fall semester, I will continue to accompany the players, the coaches, and the families. Student athletes work so hard, so I am privileged to have the change to work with them.
- Trip to Spain: I will be returning to Spain in May and June. I’ll begin with an eight day silent retreat at St. Ignatius’ hometown, Loyola, Spain. From there I will assist study abroad students from Loyola University Chicago who are taking summer courses at Loyola University in Córdoba, Spain.
These things are on the docket for 2018, but I am sure that God will thrown in some fun and challenging surprises. We propose our plans, but God disposes our plans!
Here are some pictures that go along with some of the events described above:
A picture with the La Fragua’s actors and staff
The 2018 Executive Board of Loyola Students for Life
Inside the famous Cordoba Mosque in Spain
David J.W. Inczauskis, S.J.