Born in Brazil in 1995, Fr. Jonas grew up in the historic city of São João Del Rei, which boasts of the most significant roots of Brazilian Catholic history. At age 13, he joined the minor seminary of “São Tarcísio” of the Institute of Incarnate Word (IVE) on May 12th 2009.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 2020 and spent the last year helping in the formation of the seminarians at the seminary of San José of Anchieta in Brazil. Fr. Jonas has his licentiate in philosophy and has taught in this field.
A special grace in the life of Fr. Jonas is the entrance of his mother into religious life within the institute’s sister community, Servants of Our Lord and the Virgin of Matara, in 2018. Two years later, she discerned a call to contemplative life and now lives in one of their monasteries for contemplative life in Tuscany, Italy.
Fr. Jonas and his brother priest in the community, Fr. Bernardo, have come to Krakow to deepen their theological studies with a focus on the thought, teaching, and spirituality of St. John Paul II.
We are overjoyed to welcome Fr. Jonas and Fr. Bernardo as Krakow study abroad chaplains. They are incredible priests, on fire for their vocations and dedicated to young people. They live in the same residence as our students- at the John Paul II ‘Be Not Afraid’ Center-with the other priests who serve the sanctuary.