Thomas More Parish at Florida State
University, where they connected
with the Brotherhood of Hope. (A
number of religious vocations to
priesthood and religious life would
come from that vibrant parish.)
Both Heather and Thom Jordan
encouraged their children to listen to
God’s plan for their lives. “We always
taught Parker, ‘You’ll only be happy
when doing what God calls you to
do,’” says Heather, whose family
often hosted brothers for dinner.
Brother Jude Lasota, who was
working in campus ministry at FSU
at the time, remembers young Jordan
as incredibly intelligent and having a maturity that was “exemplary,
even as a young boy.” The oldest
of six children who were all home-schooled by their mother, Jordan had
many responsibilities for his siblings.
“We always kid him that he’s one of
the few brothers who knows how to
minister primarily at colleges and
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Although Jordan grew up in a religious family, he didn’t seem destined
for religious life. In fact, he wasn’t
even Catholic. His parents were both
evangelical Protestants: His father
was the son of a Methodist pastor;
his mother spent her childhood in
India with her missionary parents.
Still, that religious pedigree and
grounding had an impact on young
Jordan. “We always knew Parker was
going to be somebody different—
‘fully given’ in one way or another,”
his mother, Heather, says.
Eventually, Jordan’s parents and
their six children converted to Ca-
tholicism on Pentecost Sunday 1998,
when Jordan was 12.
The family began attending St.
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