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Reed Proctor, nSJ

Reed Proctor, nSJ

Reed, 23, is from Grapevine, Texas. He graduated from Nolan Catholic High School, where he was in the jazz, marching and concert bands, as well as the choir. He was also involved in musical theater and served as a Kairos leader. Reed later attended St. Joseph Seminary College and, in May of this year, completed …

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John Nuttli, SJ

John Nuttli, nSJ

John, 23, hails from New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High School of New Orleans, where he was a member of the Sodality, National Honor Society and the tennis team. John also participated in campus ministry, peer support and choir, and recently received his bachelor’s in political economy from Tulane University. While attending Tulane, he …

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Hai Nguyen, SJ

Hai Nguyen, nSJ

Hai, 30, is from Fort Worth, Texas. He was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and came to the U.S. at age 13. He later earned a bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Hai continued his studies at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, La., and assisted with youth ministry at Our …

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Will Hayes, SJ

Will Hayes, nSJ

Will, 30, is from Denton, Texas, and graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in May 2022. He is a mock trial national champion and worked as a law clerk dealing with human trafficking. Will earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University, then attended the Mexican American Catholic College in San …

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Gus Hardy, SJ

Gus Hardy, nSJ

Gus, 28, is from Aurora, Colo., where he taught theology at Regis Jesuit High School. Born in Japan, he  grew up in Berkeley, Calif., where he was received into the Catholic Church in 2012. Gus holds a bachelor’s and master’s in theology from Santa Clara University and Boston College, respectively. His formative travel includes time …

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Paolo Taffaro, nSJ

Paolo Taffaro, nSJ

Paolo, 23, grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans, where he was homeschooled. After graduating in 2020 from St. Joseph Abbey Seminary College, Paolo spent the past year teaching freshman theology at Jesuit High School in New Orleans. A visit to the tomb of St. Ignatius and a great experience with a Jesuit priest …

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Christopher Ross, nSJ

Christopher Ross, nSJ

Christopher, 22, is a 2018 graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Service trips to Virginia and a pilgrimage to Italy and France showed him the beauty of the Catholic faith. It is here that he began to sense a duty to assist God in works of charity. He enters the Society of Jesus …

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Scott McKillip, nSJ

Scott McKillip, nSJ

Scott, 27, is a native of Davenport, Iowa. After graduating from Truman State University with a degree in finance, he worked for Edward Jones before joining the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. For the past three years, he has worked at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, serving in the school’s Corporate Work Study program as a …

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Carlos Martinez-Vela, nSJ

Carlos Martinez-Vela, nSJ

Carlos, 48, was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. He entered the Catholic Church in 2002 and for several years has been an active member of Sacred Heart Parish, a Jesuit parish in El Paso, Texas. Carlos last worked as executive director for Pioneers 21, an organization whose mission is to unleash the creative and …

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José López, nSJ

José Lopez, nSJ

José, 32, grew up in Boynton Beach, Fla. He earned an associate’s degree in the arts and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. His exposure to various Catholic thinkers, as well as professors in college, instilled in him the idea that he could build a meaningful life around a framework of service. He also worked with …

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