Father Edwin (Eddie) Gros, SJ, begins a brief sabbatical this year after five years as pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Jesuit Parish on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans. A New Orleans native, he and his Jesuit brothers also celebrate his 50th year in the Society of Jesus.
Born in New Orleans, La., Fr. Gros has served a good part of his priestly ministry in his hometown, including a brief term as interim pastor at Holy Name in 2006. He also served as a teacher and chaplain at Jesuit High School, New Orleans, 1981-85 and as an associate campus minister at Loyola University, New Orleans, 1992-95. He was also the superior of the Jesuit House of Studies from 1991 to 1995. From 2002 to 2006, he was dean of University Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans.
Earlier, he taught for two years at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, 1974-76. He served in Asunción, Paraguay, from 1986 to 1991, where he worked with young Jesuits in formation and taught at the local Jesuit high school. He served as pastor and superior at Sacred Heart Jesuit Community in El Paso, Texas, 2007-13.
Father Gros entered the Society of Jesus in 1968 at St. Charles College, in Grand Coteau, La. He made first vows two years later and was ordained a priest June 21, 1980, at Jesuit High School, New Orleans. He says he is guided by the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero: "A priest must be to the voice for the voiceless in our world."
Fr. Gros received his Bachelor of Arts in French and philosophy from Loyola University New Orleans. He has also earned two master’s degrees: an M.A. in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, Chicago, and an M.A. in Christian spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. Additionally, he studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, 2007.
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