Sister Jessica Kerber is a Handmaid of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an international congregation of women religious with Ignatian Spirituality and a particular Eucharistic charism. This charism and spirituality, as well as personal experience and study, give rise to the desire to allow God to be known “well,” and therefore loved.
Jessica has an education degree from Valparaiso University and a theology degree from Comillas University in Madrid. Before entering Religious Life, Jessica served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on a reservation in Montana and then taught elementary school. Since entering and completing studies, she has served in her community as Director of Religious Education and is the current director of the community’s retreat center, St. Raphaela Center, outside of Philadelphia. She continues to be involved in ministry among university students and young adults through campus ministry at St. Joseph's University and as an adjunct theology teacher at Villanova University, and finds great joy and grace in accompanying young adults in spiritual direction, especially through the Spiritual Exercises.