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 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 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 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. 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.
Each Servant makes the 30-Day Silent Spiritual Exercises retreat once during formation and an annual 8-Day Silent Spiritual Exercises.
Each Servant takes a month-long poverty pilgrimage bringing along only one change of clothes and a bible. Servants have made poverty pilgrimages in Mexico, Italy, Spain, Canada and the California coast.
Each Servant makes a Pilgrimage and Mission Trip to the Holy Land, praying at the sites of Jesus’ life, and serving the poor of the Palestinian Catholic community in the West Bank.
Servants spend four weeks ministering to the needs of the sick in a hospital. Servants have served at Santa Teresita Medical Center in California, supporting the Carmelite Sisters at their nursing home and working with North Kinangop Catholic Hospital in Kenya.
As part of formation, each Servant spends four weeks doing manual labor. Recent internships have involved supporting Life Teen Camps on their facilities, maintenance, landscaping, and janitorial staff and Serving the needs of the Lord’s Ranch apostolate in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.
Each Servant spends several years teaching at Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver.
Subsequent to his 30-day Spiritual Exercises, each Servant is mentored in providing spiritual direction and in leading the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola.
Each Servant serves a full month as a missionary to a Third World country. Servants have been sent on third-world immersions to the impoverished communities of the Philippines, Mexico, India, Peru and Honduras.
Following prayer and discernment with his spiritual director and with the Superior, a Servant may apply for admission to St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver after he has become a professed member of the community.
A DAY IN The Life of A Servant:
A novice will typically rise at 5:00 am. Servants who are teaching or in Seminary rise at 4:00 am to begin their Holy Hour at 4:20 am.
The community gathers for breakfast, which is eaten in silence. During the meal, one Servant reads aloud from the lives of the saints or other spiritual reading.
The Liturgy of the Hours is prayed together as a community before Mass.
Weekday Community Mass is regularly at 6:30 am. The Servants in the High School apostolate, however, attend campus Mass at 7:15 am.
Applicants and novices typically begin Holy Hour at 7:30 am. Servants who are teaching or in seminary may begin their Holy Hour at 4:20 am.
Applicants, novices, and Servants are assigned to various classes, exercises and apostolates throughout their formation process. Click Here to learn more about our apostolates. In preparation for ordination, some Servants attend classes at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary.
Servants gather in the chapel for evening prayer. Servants who are assigned to cook will begin preparing dinner at 4:30 pm in order to be finished for 5:30 pm evening prayer.
Dinner begins with Thanksgiving for God's provision throughout the day. On Tuesdays the community welcomes different families for dinner.
The time following dinner is a time for recreation, study and preparation for the following day. Servants involved in the University Ministry and High School apostolates will often sponsor student events and attend student activities after dinner.
The community gathers in the chapel to conclude the day with night prayer.
Alone before retiring for the day, each Servant gives thanks for his blessings, asks the Lord's forgiveness for his faults, and determines how to amend his actions tomorrow.