Sam Z. Conedera, S.J., 36, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1998 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Saint Louis University in 2002. In college, Conedera worked in the campus library, was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, and got to know a few Jesuit scholastics who were studying philosophy at the school. After graduation, he moved to San Diego to teach with AmeriCorps at Nativity Prep Academy and then entered a doctoral program in history at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the summer of 2005, it became clear that “the Jesuit charism was being offered to me by God,” and Conedera entered the Society of Jesus in August of the following year. As a novice, he taught at Santa Clara University in California and then spent a year researching and writing his dissertation, which took him to Madrid and New York. Missioned next to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, Conedera earned a master’s degree in philosophical resources before returning to Santa Clara University to teach history and serve as a dorm chaplain. In 2014, he began studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, receiving a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in 2017. Ordained a deacon this spring, Conedera’s training has taken him to Uruguay, Argentina and Mexico, as well as France and Germany. He has found his friendships with other Jesuits to be the most meaningful part of his formation. Conedera’s first assignment will be at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Phoenix. He will celebrate his first Mass as a priest with his fellow Jesuits at Loyola Marymount University. (California Province)
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