Posted on July 16, 2015 · Posted in Blog, Service Projects

On June 13, 2015, Jacob Martin ’92, SJ, was ordained a Jesuit priest at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago by the Most Reverend Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Indianapolis, Ind. Father Martin was born July 1, 1974 to Kathleen (Hickey) Janulis and Robert Martin in Chicago. He has a sister, Amanda Janulis, and grew up in the Chicago suburb, Bridgeview, where he attended Saint Fabian Catholic Church. Click here for photo and bio.

Father Martin graduated from St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Ill. and received a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Illinois at Chicago, before spending five years doing improv and sketch comedy in Chicago, including at the ImprovOlympic Theater. As a Jesuit, Fr. Martin reflected on this part of his life in a memoir, “What’s so Funny about Faith?” His book explored, amongst other themes, the ways his time as a comedian and interest in film and pop culture intersected with his Jesuit vocation.

Father Martin entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 and, as a novice, taught at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Ind. He went on to receive a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., before teaching theology and theater at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill. Father Martin later obtained a Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif. He also served as a deacon at the Church of Saint Leo the Great in Oakland, Calif.

Father Martin has not left comedy behind since becoming a Jesuit. In addition to authoring a memoir, he performed in a solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. After ordination, he plans to study for his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Heythrop College in London. He celebrated his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at Saint Fabian, his family’s parish.

Upon his ordination, Fr. Martin wrote, “My heart is bursting with gratitude for the many people who have loved, supported and prayed for me on my path to ordination.”