Two Jesuit priests ordained
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond ordained two men as priests for the Society of Jesus June 8 at Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans.
The ordinands were Jesuit Fathers Raul A. Navarro and Jeremy K. Zipple. They were among 16 Jesuits ordained priests in the U.S. in June.
Father Navarro, 53, was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States at the age of 12. After graduating from Redemptorist High School in New Orleans, Father Navarro studied at Loyola University New Orleans, earning a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1983.
Father Navarro first became acquainted with the Society of Jesus at Loyola and also found a place that would become his academic and professional home for nearly two decades. He worked at Loyola in administrative and accounting positions and earned two more degrees – a master’s degree in education and a master of business administration.
He also was active in campus ministry and volunteered for student retreats while discerning a Jesuit vocation.
Father Navarro entered the Society of Jesus in 2002. He spent two years in the novitiate at Grand Coteau, La., followed by philosophy and theology studies at Loyola University Chicago. As part of his regency, Father Navarro taught at Houston’s Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and helped open the Cristo Rey school in Houston.
Following regency, he was missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif., where he earned a master of divinity. Father Navarro will serve as a parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans.
Father Zipple, 35, is a native of Hattiesburg, Miss. He attended Boston College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in film and music. He also worked in campus ministry and volunteered at a homeless shelter.
Immediately following graduation, he taught math and music to middle school students at St. Francis Cathedral School in Metuchen, N.J., before entering the Society of Jesus in 2002.
After his novitiate, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy at Fordham University in 2004. He worked on a PBS-aired documentary on the great Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier before beginning a three-year regency assignment with National Geographic Television in Washington, D.C.
While traveling the world as a writer, producer and director for National Geographic, Father Zipple contributed to documentaries exploring a wide range of topics, from a lost Mayan civilization to the elusive quest for King Solomon’s mines.
He earned a master of divinity at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He also served as a deacon at St. Joseph’s Parish in Belmont, Mass. He will return to Boston to continue work on his licentiate in sacred theology.