Brendan P. Busse, S.J., 39, is from Los Angeles. At Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1999. An active volunteer during college, Busse worked in a juvenile hall and with a service program in Tijuana, Mexico, which were defining experiences that would ultimately shape his vocation. Immediately after graduation, he began a master’s degree in theological studies at LMU and taught religion at St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey, California. In 2002, Busse became a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize, where he was confirmed in the Catholic Church. He returned to LMU in 2004 to work on his master’s thesis and served as the university’s director of community service and social justice ministries until 2008, when he answered the call to become a Jesuit priest. As a novice, he worked for five months at Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose, California, as an assistant teacher and was next missioned to Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in social philosophy and completed his master’s degree in theology from LMU. Busse was missioned next to Seattle University’s Matteo Ricci College, where he taught courses on Ignatian spirituality. Highlights of his formation include travel to MAGIS and World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a summer working in an orphanage in Northeast India and writing for both America magazine and The Jesuit Post. After ordination, Busse will serve on the pastoral team at Dolores Mission Parish in Los Angeles. He will celebrate his first Mass with his fellow ordinands at Loyola Marymount University and will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving the following week at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles. (California Province)
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