Fourteen Jesuits were ordained as deacons on Oct. 22 at the Cathedral
of Christ the Light in Oakland, California. For Jesuits in formation, ordination to the diaconate is the final step in preparation for priestly
ordination in the Society of Jesus.
Michael Barber, SJ, was the ordaining prelate at the Mass during which 11 Jesuits
from the U.S., two from Korea and one from East Africa were ordained to the diaconate.
These men are currently studying theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of
Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.
Jesuits ordained for the USA Central and Southern Province were David C. Paternostro, SJ, Stephen M. Pitts, SJ, and Sean M. Salai, SJ. Others ordained with them from other provinces were:
Jacob J. Boddicker, SJ
Rodolfo Casals, SJ (USA
Jun-yeol Choi, SJ (Korea
R.J. Fichtinger, SJ (Wisconsin
Luke J. Hansen, SJ (Wisconsin
Chanyong Jeon, SJ (Korea
Brett B. McLaughlin, SJ (USA
Oscar Momanyi, SJ (Eastern
Ryan J. Rallanka, SJ (Oregon
Angelo J. Rizzo, SJ (Maryland
Christian Wagner, SJ (Chicago-Detroit
the next nine months, the new deacons will gain pastoral experience before
being ordained to the priesthood. As deacons, they can proclaim the Word of
God, preach and preside at the sacraments of baptism and marriage and at the
rite of Christian burial.
April, 2019 - Father Timothy Howe, SJ, the still-new president of Colegio San Ignacio in San Juan, Puerto Rico, writes that he finds his presence at the school both utterly surprising and not surprising at all.
April 1, 2019 - On a clear, cool day in March, a small group of Jesuit colleagues made a somber journey. The group visited several locales to visit sites of significance to the early Jesuits in St. Louis and to the people enslaved by those Jesuits.
March 29, 2019 - Matthew Stewart, SJ, has been named the formation coordinator for the Alum Service Corps (ASC) for the USA Central and Southern Province. He will coordinate the summer training for new ASC teacher/mentors and plan the fall and spring retreats.
March 21, 2019 - The first-year novices of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province were on pilgrimage February 23 – March 6, 2019. Now getting apostolic experience, they have also had a chance to reflect back on the graces received. These reflections are shared here.