Fr. Charles A. Frederico, SJ
Tri-Province Vocation Director
Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ (MAR) was ordained on June 10, 2006 at the Fordham University Chapel, Bronx, New York, by his Eminence Edward Cardinal Eagan, Archbishop of New York.
Fr. Frederico was born in Drexel Hill, PA, on January 20, 1972. After graduating from Cardinal O’Hara High School, he attended the Culinary Institute of America, earning an A.O.S. in occupational studies (Culinary Arts) in 1991. He worked as a sous-chef and as a maitre d’ at several fine restaurants in the metropolitan area while attending Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in food marketing. He likes to tell people he met the Jesuits in the spirit at the C.I.A. (the old St. Andrew on Hudson Novitiate, now the Culinary Institute of America) and in the flesh at St. Joe’s.
Fr. Frederico entered the Society in August 1995, in Syracuse, NY and pronounced first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in August, 1997. He studied philosophy and theology at Fordham University, Bronx, NY. While there he worked at St. Rita’s Center at Theodore Roosevelt High School tutoring immigrant students primarily in English and math. He also assisted with the service learning program at Fordham Prep. For his regency, from 2000-2003, Fr. Frederico taught freshman algebra and world cultures at Scranton Prep. He also served as chair of the Principal’s Advisory Committee and as assistant boys’ and girls’ swim coach.
Fr. Frederico received his M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, CA. While in Berkeley, he also served as assistant chaplain at Children’s Hospital of Oakland and has taught R.C.I.A. at St. Leo the Great Parish, also in Oakland.
From July of 2006 to July of 2009, Fr. Frederico worked in Campus Ministry at Loyola College in Maryland. He oversaw the teams for the Kairos to College Retreat and for the Junior Retreat. In addition to presiding and preaching regularly at campus liturgies, he trained and supported Eucharistic Ministers. He also co-directed the R.C.I.A. Program and served as faculty advisor to Loyola Alive, the campus pro-life group. Fr. Frederico was a resident chaplain on the 6th floor of Campion Tower residence hall, where he was much admired for his fine Italian cuisine.