Fr. Gustafson, a native of South Falls, South, South Dakota, is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he first encountered the Jesuits. He was struck by their ability to connect the Gospel with what was going on in the world, their intelligence, and, above all, their humanity. Entering Georgetown with the goal of a career in politics, Daniel, after immersing himself in the political world, did not find the work as satisfying as he had expected it to be. In his senior year, he applied to the Society of Jesus and entered the novitiate after graduating in 2011.
After taking First Vows in August of 2013, he moved to Chicago to pursue a Master’s degree in philosophy at Loyola University. While studying there he helped immigrants prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Exam and tutored at Arrupe College, a junior college run by Loyola. From 2016-2018 he lived at Fordham University while teaching religion at Fordham Prep. Daniel also helped in campus ministry, coached tennis, and accompanied students on trips to Rome and Rwanda.
Theology studies brought him to Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry for the last three years. During his final year in Boston, Daniel served as a deacon at Gate of Heaven and St. Brigid Parishes in South Boston.
Fr. Gustafson is delighted to be here at St. Ignatius for his first year as a priest and has no doubt God has even more blessings in store here at St. Ignatius.