As chaplain for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Brother John Fava, SJ, has for many years offered spiritual and personal guidance to police officers and their families. He is also assistant to the minister at Jesuit Hall Community on the campus of Saint Louis University. This year, Br. Fava celebrates his 50th Jubilee as a member of the Society of Jesus.
A native of St. Louis, Br. Fava has served in St. Louis, Aurora, Colo., and Belize City, Belize. He taught Spanish at Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, for 20 years. He has also taught Spanish at St. Louis University High School and St. John’s College, Belize City.
Brother Fava entered the Jesuits in Florissant, Mo., in 1968 and made his first vows two years later. In December 1984, he entered the diaconate and made final vows on Oct. 31, 1980.
He also served as the minister and bookkeeper at Xavier Jesuit Center in Denver, after completing his parish internship at Mount Carmel Parish, Pueblo, Colo. He served as a minister at White House Jesuit Retreat Center in St. Louis from 2002 to 2016.
Brother Fava earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and Master’s in Spanish from Saint Louis University. He completed the Permanent Diaconate Program at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver.
The Ignatian Spirituality Program of Denver offers Ignatian group retreats, individual spiritual direction, the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, and trains spiritual directors and guides of the Spiritual Exercises.