Sean Carroll, S.J. was born in South Weymouth, Massachusetts on June 24, 1966 but spent most of his childhood in Southern California. In 1988, he graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's degree in History and he entered the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1989. Sean was ordained a priest on May 27, 2000, and served for four years as Associate Pastor at St. Patrick's Church in Oakland, CA. In 2004, he moved to Los Angeles, where he became Associate Pastor at Dolores Mission Church. Two years later, while continuing to work at Dolores Mission, he began to serve as the Pastoral Ministries Assistant for the California Province of the Society of Jesus, helping to coordinate pastoral initiatives among twelve Jesuit parishes in California, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii. As part of this ministry, he assisted with the exploratory phase of a new migrant ministry in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. These efforts led to the inauguration of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI): a Catholic, bi-national, collaborative effort that focuses on humanitarian assistance, education, research and social-pastoral outreach in the area of migration. Since January 2009, Sean has been serving as Executive Director of the KBI in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
Ms. Sideco graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco, CA), Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA), and the Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA). She fell in love with Ignatian Spirituality while attending those schools and working with the Jesuits in subsequent years. She has ministered at 3 Jesuit campuses (University of San Francisco, Marquette University, Loyola New Orleans), 1 parish (St. Agnes, San Francisco, CA), and 1 Province (New Orleans Province).
After Hurricane Karina hit the Gulf South on August 29, 2005, Ms. Sideco began volunteering as a relief worker and eventually moved to New Orleans to commit her life to the area's recovery. She helped coordinate the Jesuit relief efforts and connected multiple schools and parishes to the needs of the people in the Gulf South. Inspired by prayer and retreat experiences amidst the difficulty of the current reality, she co-founded an urban retreat house called Contemplatives in Action. Here she worked to create a space for thoughtfulness and reflection for locals and for students and faculty on immersion or service trips.
Ms. Sideco blogs for the National Catholic Reporter as well as for In Good Company at contemplativecompanions.org. She is a trained Psychiatric and ICU chaplain as well as Diversity and anti-bias Trainer. Ms. Sideco is now a Spiritual Director, Retreat Director, Chaplain, and High School teacher in the Bay Area.