Father John Ignatius hails from California, where he studied Philosophy and Theology at Loyola Marymount University. He taught at high schools in Los Angeles and Phoenix before moving in 1999 to Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Theology, worked for Student Life, taught theology, and co-founded the community in 2004. He completed his priestly studies at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2013.
Fr. Paul Kostka
Fr. Paul Kostka was born in Wimbledon, England, while his father was working overseas. He grew up in The Woodlands, Texas. As a sophomore in high school, he was called to the priesthood during a retreat with his parish. He studied Philosophy and Theology at Franciscan University, and was the first Servant to work at Bishop Machebeuf High School. He was ordained in 2013, and now serves as the Academic Assistant Principal at Bishop Machebeuf.
Fr. James Claver
Fr. James Claver grew up in Texas. He graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2007. Upon graduation, he served as a missionary in Honduras for a year and a half, before discerning to join the Servants in 2009. After teaching and coaching at Bishop Machebeuf High School for three years, he attended St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver and was ordained to the priesthood in May, 2016. He now serves as Chaplain and Freshman Theology teacher at Bishop Machebeuf High School.
Br. Thomas Gonzaga
Br. Thomas was born near Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in New Orleans. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina displaced him and his family to The Woodlands, Texas, where he graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2012. Upon graduation, Br. Thomas moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where he danced professionally for three years with Texas Ballet Theater. He spent the 2015-2016 academic year discerning a call to the Servants of Christ Jesus as an applicant and began his first year of novitiate in August, 2016.
Br. Jude Borgia
Br. Jude was born outside of Philadelphia, as the 9th of 10 children. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2007 where he first met Fr. John Ignatius and Fr. Paul Kostka. After moving to Denver, he discerned a call to follow Jesus as a priest and was ordained in 2014 for the Archdiocese of Denver. He served at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Northglenn, Colorado and at St. Mary Our Lady of Peace in Summit County, Colorado before entering formation with the Servants in 2017.
Br. Peter Xavier
Br. Peter was born and raised in Houston, where the Life Teen program at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton helped him grow in relationship with Christ. He attended Texas A&M where his passion for ministry furthered as he became an Associate Youth Minister at a local parish. After serving as a Life Teen summer missionary alongside Br. Thomas (then Patrick Lanning) he ran into the Servants in Poland and after witnessing Br. Thomas’ entrance into novitiate he began discerning the Lord’s call for his life. Br. Peter is a lover of movies, board games, and anything to do with basketball and baseball.