Jesuit Brother Michael Breault has been appointed as the next Director of National Vocation Promotion for the Society of Jesus in the United States. Breault, who will assume his new role in August, will be based at the offices of the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C. He will succeed Jesuit Father Robert Ballecer, a member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, who has served in the position for the last four years.
Breault, also a member of the California Province, comes to vocation promotion with an extensive background in producing, directing and writing for theater, television and film. For the past eight years, he has served as the Vice President of Creative Affairs at Loyola Productions in Culver City, Calif., where he develops and oversees the Jesuit-run production company’s slate of projects for film, television and the Internet.
“I’m happy to announce that Brother Michael Breault is joining the Society’s vocation team,” said Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, president of the Jesuit Conference. “Michael brings a tremendous amount of energy and creativity to everything he does, and we’re looking forward to the many contributions he will make to our work inspiring young men called to religious life.”
Fr. Smolich also thanked Fr. Ballecer, who inaugurated the national vocation promotion position. “Robert has always had his finger on the pulse of technology, and that’s been a true gift to our vocation promotion efforts the last few years. Our web and social media presence has grown tremendously due to his work.”
A native of California, Breault entered the Society of Jesus in 1971 and has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Professional Theatre Training Program. He received a Peabody Award for his work as a producer and writer of the television series “Nothing Sacred.” His recent work for Loyola Productions includes writing and directing the award-winning web series “40” and the feature film “The Real Deal.”
Prior to joining Loyola Productions, Breault worked extensively in New York City theater, where he served as Associate Artistic Director at Circle-in-the-Square on Broadway. He has also worked as Artistic Director of the Cleveland Play House; as Artistic Associate of the Berkshire Theatre Festival; and as a guest faculty member at the North Carolina School of the Arts’ Professional Actor Training Program, where he taught master acting and directing classes.
“I’m excited to be joining the Conference, which has so many people who are passionate about the work and are clearly dedicated to what they do,” says Breault. “I’m a huge believer in the importance of vocation work. It’s the work of all Ignatian people, both Jesuits and lay people. Vocation work will define what the Society in the future looks like, and it’s very exciting to be a part of that.”