As a Jesuit: Fr. Norton has taught classical languages and literature at Xavier University in Cincinnati and served as a deacon at St. Ignatius Church in Paris and at St. Peter’s Church in Saint-Denis, France.
Assignment Following Ordination: Centre Sèvres in Paris to complete a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.
How can I repay the LORD for all the good that he has done for me (Ps. 116:12)? That is a great question! Indeed, it’s one that resonates deeply in my heart as I look back on 11 years of Jesuit formation— and as I look forward to the great adventure of love and service that lies ahead as a priest of Jesus Christ. Truth be told, this adventure began long ago: in my mother’s womb and in my family’s arms, which have always nurtured me with such tender devotion. I am forever grateful for their love and friendship. Along the way, countless others have tended this vine, caring for me as one of their own: at St. Basil’s, my home parish in Brecksville, Ohio; at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland; at Williams College in Massachusetts; and throughout my years of Jesuit formation—in Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Paris. These years of formation would not be possible without the spiritual and financial support of so many. To all of our partners in mission—fearless “prayer warriors” and generous province benefactors—thank you for your confidence, encouragement, and commitment. Finally, I turn to my brother Jesuits, who have walked so closely with me on this path of discipleship. To beloved provincials and formation assistants, superiors and community members, wisdom figures and boon companions: you have formed me into the Jesuit I am today. Your example will always inspire my priestly ministry. Yes, how in the world can I repay the LORD for all the good that he has done for me (Ps. 116:12)? Like so many Jesuits before me, I will now lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD (Ps.116:13). As I do so, I will remember you in my heart: with great gratitude for your support and in humble prayer for your intentions. May the Lord Jesus, Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (1 Pt 2:25).