Fr. Bobby Karle, SJ

Pastoral Associate
Highlights of Jesuit Formation:
  1. Made home visits and participated in jail recovery groups as a novice during the long experiment at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
  2. Developed and facilitated the Ignatian Yoga weekend retreats along with a gifted group of fellow Ignatian leaders and yoga teachers.
  3. Accompanied high school students to Belize on cultural immersion experiences and introduced them to the beautiful places and people he encountered during his time as a Jesuit Volunteer.

He was ordained on June 12, 2021 and will serve for two years as a Pastoral Associate at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Bobby Karle, SJ, was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, by his two parents alongside his older brother. He met the Jesuits while he was a student at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School (UofD High) where he participated in campus ministry, community service and the ice hockey program. As a teenager, Bobby attended two Children’s International Summer Village programs in Denmark and Costa Rica. He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a major in anthropology and a minor in Spanish, was leader of the DePaul Community Service Association and participated in service-learning programs in Mexico. After college, Bobby spent two years as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize where he began to discern a vocation to the Jesuits. He next worked as campus minister at UofD High, where he participated in his first yoga class, sparking his ongoing engagement with the practices and philosophy of yoga. He joined the Jesuits in 2010 and, as a novice, performed apostolic work at an ESL school, a L’Arche Community and the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He then studied philosophy at Fordham University and engaged in various forms of ministry and communities in New York City. In 2013, he completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and began teaching yoga at Fordham and a local Bronx food pantry. After graduating from Fordham, Bobby moved to Indianapolis for his regency assignment to teach religious studies and yoga at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. While in regency, Bobby co-founded the Ignatian Yoga organization, along with a team of lay Ignatian leaders and yoga teachers. Bobby next earned a Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, and served as a deacon at St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco.