CHICAGO, IL – Damian Torres-Botello and 10 other Jesuit novices professed first vows to Fr. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., Provincial, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Chicago-Detroit Province, during a Vow Mass on August 9, 2014.
By professing first vows, Torres-Botello, nS.J., of Kansas City, MO, took the next step in the 10 to 12 year formation of a Jesuit, that includes the ordination to the priesthood and final vows. No longer a novice, Torres-Botello will be a scholastic known as “Mister” or “Brother.”
The death of his grandmother – who helped raise Torres-Botello – led him to discovering God and the Church.
“I didn’t really know what it meant, and had no idea of the reasoning,” Torres-Botello said. “I was in my early 30s and thought I needed to figure it out before I want any further.”
His answer was exploring life as a religious person.
Torres-Botello is a 1997 graduate of Archbishop O’Hara High School and earned a BA in theatre from Saint Mary College. He is an accomplished playwright and monologist, and has worked with theater companies across the Midwest. He cofounded the Full Circle Theatre Company and initiated presentations of original plays about social justice.