November 1, 2013

Former St. Andrew parishioner in Richmond joins Jesuit order

Joseph KraemerJoseph Kraemer, a former member of St. Andrew Parish in Richmond, has joined the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits, in its California province.

Kraemer, 46, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich.

Now a Jesuit novice, Kraemer oversaw the Playwrights Program while working as literary manager from 1993 to 2008 for the drama division of The Julliard School in New York. He also served as creative director for Estevez Sheen Productions at Warner Bros., and recently worked as an independent writing coach and teacher. He loves to travel, and has visited 32 countries.

During his two-year novitiate with the Jesuits, Kraemer will minister in a hospital, assist at a local church, journey on a pilgrimage and make a 30-day Ignatian retreat.

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