Fr. Jonathan Harmon, SJ
Fr. Jonathan Harmon, SJ, was born in Tyler, Texas. His family attended Immaculate Conception, the cathedral parish, for many years and then became one of the first families to help start a new parish in the city of Whitehouse, Texas. Fr. Harmon met the Jesuits when he was studying graphic design at Tyler Junior College. At the time, he worked at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Flint, Texas, teaching middle school catechism.
Fr. Harmon entered the Society of Jesus in 2008 at the Novitiate of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Grand Coteau, La. As a novice, he served in many ministries and locations including pastoral work on the U.S.-Mexico border, the L’Arche Community in Mobile, Alabama and in Belize, Central America. After pronouncing first vows in 2010, he moved to St. Louis, where he was missioned to study philosophy. While at Saint Louis University, he was involved with campus ministry and led a Christian Life Community (CLC) group.
He served at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas for his regency (apostolic ministry) assignment. There he taught in both the fine arts and theology departments and, in his third year, helped with campus ministry. Fr. Harmon completed his theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he also worked at a local parish directing the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program.