Sister Jessica Kerber is a Handmaid of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an international congregation of Women Religious with Ignatian Spirituality and a charism of Eucharistic Reparation. This charism and spirituality, experienced and reflected upon personally, give rise to the desire to allow God to be known well (and therefore loved) as One who does not run from the wounds or from that which is incomplete, but rather enters into these sacred places, giving way to the truth of an expansive love and possibility.
Sister Jessica studied elementary education as an undergrad at Valparaiso University and then served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on a reservation in Montana. As a sister, she completed her philosophy and theology studies at the Jesuit Pontifical University in Madrid, where she also studied about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and spiritual direction. Over the past 8 years she has taught from kindergarten religion to university theology, and has been accompanying university students and young adults on their faith journey. She has had the privilege of living and serving with her sisters in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Sr. Jessica currently coordinates the Ignatian Service Minor at St. Louis University and teaches a course within this program. Her primary role, however, is as formator for her sisters, offering opportunities and accompaniment for the sisters of temporary vows to continue to explore, deepen, and discern their vocation as Handmaids.
Hope in the One who first breathed out resistant hope, the One who knows our struggles and has shared in them, the One who sees the small, the One who sees the broken and is there, holding out a resistant hope, entering into those spaces.VIEW
Something is being “written on our hearts” this Lent. May it not remain just a grain of wheat.VIEW