Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, gives the keynote to the students at BJP for their career day.
Career Day at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep

On Thurs., Mar. 20, Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, vocation director for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces visited Brooklyn Jesuit Prep (BJP) as the keynote speaker for the school’s career day.

Fr. Frederico talked to the students about how they can get in touch with their unique God-given gifts and how they are all created in the image and likeness of God. The visit was also an opportunity to teach them about Ignatian Spirituality. “I spoke about using the Examen as a way to keep a daily personal relationship with Christ - who loves each and all of us for who we are and calls each and all of us to serve him uniquely from that relationship,” explained Fr. Frederico. “By dialoguing daily with Jesus we have a better sense of how to respond to him in the world.”

In closing, Fr. Frederico shared his own vocation story. “My own journey with Jesus led me from being a chef to discerning and now living for 20 years, the call of a Jesuit.”

BJP is a Jesuit middle school serving low-income families in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The school’s mission is to “turn students into leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to doing justice.” With the help of BJP, students are given the tools necessary for them to excel in life and  to be men and women for others.

Click here to learn more about the work of Brooklyn Jesuit Prep.

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