Michael A. Rossmann, S.J., 32, was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, where he graduated from Regina High School. A parishioner at St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, he knew of the Society of Jesus while growing up, since his mother had worked at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and his brother attended Boston College. Having developed a passion for social justice and education early on, Rossmann chose Ignatius as his confirmation name. He double majored in economics and theology at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, graduating in 2007. While in school, Rossmann was involved in campus ministry and the Center for Social Concerns; studied abroad in Uganda and Tanzania; and got to know a Jesuit professor there, who became influential in his discernment of the priesthood. Following college, he worked on an organic farm in Oregon for the summer and then joined the Society in the fall of 2007. As a novice, he was sent to Ecuador to learn Spanish and help in various Jesuit ministries. Rossmann then attended Loyola University Chicago, earning a master’s degree in applied philosophy. He worked briefly at Creighton University’s Center for Service and Justice and then was missioned to Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Rossmann began writing for The Jesuit Post, a website dedicated to faith-based commentary targeting young adults, and eventually became its editor-in-chief. In 2013, he was missioned to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Melrose, Massachusetts. After ordination, Rossmann will serve at Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Patrick’s Parishes in Milwaukee for the summer. He will then return to Boston College to finish a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and will work in vocation promotion for the Jesuits starting in January. His first Masses will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and his home parish of St. Mary’s in Iowa City. (Wisconsin Province)
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