Province: USA Central and Southern
Birthday: January 14, 1987
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education: Bachelor’s degree, physics, Texas A&M University; Master’s degree, philosophy, Saint Louis University; Master of Divinity, Regis College, University of Toronto; Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Regis College, University of Toronto
Highlights of Jesuit Formation:
1. Served in a Jesuit parish in rural Guatemala.
2. Taught theology and mathematics at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.
3. Studied spiritual theology and Ignatian spirituality at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain.
Post-Ordination: Will return to Madrid to finish his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Comillas Pontifical University and serve as a priest at a Jesuit parish in Madrid.
David A. Lugo, S.J., was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States at a young age with his parents and two older brothers. Eventually they settled in Houston, Texas, where David attended public school and a diocesan parish. After feeling called to the priesthood at a young age, David began to think about a life of priestly ministry. Following his parents’ advice, he went to Texas A&M University to complete a bachelor’s degree in physics before considering seminary formation. It was at A&M that David met the Jesuits. He began to discern religious life in the Society and requested admission to the novitiate upon completing his undergraduate work. In the fall of 2009, he entered the novitiate in the former New Orleans Province. From his time in the novitiate, David recalls many wonderful experiences, but he especially remembers his months serving the Jesuit parish in the hills of rural Guatemala. It was on that experiment that he experienced the joys and opportunities that were open to him as a Jesuit. After vows he studied philosophy at Saint Louis University and was then missioned to teach theology and mathematics at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. He remembers those three years with great fondness and looks forward to returning to the classroom in the future. After completing his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity at the Jesuit Theologate in Toronto, David requested to study spiritual theology and Ignatian spirituality at the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain. After his ordination to the priesthood, David will return to Madrid to finish his Licentiate in Sacred Theology and serve as a priest at a Jesuit parish in Madrid.
David with a group of fellow Jesuits from his master’s program in Ignatian spirituality at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid on a trip to Ávila. From left: Andrés Hernández-Caro, S.J. (Colombian Province); José Antonio Rubio, S.J. (Central American Province); Andy Liberato, S.J. (Antilles Province); and David.
What is your favorite book, movie, music, or TV show you’ve encountered since entering the Society and why do you love it?
My students from regency will roll their eyes if they read this, but my favorite movie from the last few years is “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Though the movie was hated by pretty much everyone, I loved seeing how the animosity between “brothers” can lead to chaos, but that their reconciliation is precisely what will bring about peace and justice.
What is one hobby you’ve cultivated as a Jesuit and why is it important to you?
A fellow Jesuit and I have been recording weekly podcasts to help us prepare for our Sunday homilies. This has been a fun side project that taps into my love for preaching and my love for digital technology.
What was one particularly meaningful experience you had during your formation, and why was it meaningful to you?
The Easter Triduum 2017 was particularly meaningful. That weekend our varsity soccer team played in the state tournament and I was able to go with them and lead them in three prayer services, each modeled after a different Triduum liturgy. It was a wonderful experience of being a priest “on the road” with my students. To top it all off, that’s the year we won state.
David with his theology class students at Jesuit Dallas in 2016.
What brings you joy?
My nieces and nephews. When I first saw the oldest of the bunch it sparked such joy. In that moment I was so happy to see my family grow and my brother become a father. I know now that even though I won’t have my own kids, that this boy and his siblings and cousins would be for me a great source of life and love. Whenever I’m down, I look through the pictures my brothers share with me of their children and I can’t help but smile.