Left row (from bottom to top): Chris Williams (with glasses), Michael Bartlett, David Inczauskis, William Gibson, Thomas O’Donnell, Jack McLinden Right row (from bottom to top): James McGivney, Ryan Cruise, José Camacho, James Kennedy
Meet the 2014 Novices

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Michael Bartlett 
Ashland, Ohio
Mike, 24, earned a bachelor’s in philosophy in 2003 at the University of Chicago, where he recently completed a master’s in religion. His academic studies helped him encounter great Jesuit theologians, which led him to explore a vocation to the Society. Prior to joining the Jesuits, Mike was employed as a barista, journalist, and substitute teacher, and served as an overnight volunteer at Simpson Housing Shelter in Minneapolis. (Chicago-Detroit Province)

José “Chuy” Camacho 
Streator, Illinois
Chuy, 44, received a bachelor’s in business from Southern Illinois University in 1995 and another in chemistry from Illinois State University in 1999. He served 24 years in the U.S. Navy, working as a hospital corpsman and medical technician. His first exposure to Ignatian prayer was during a retreat with the Jesuits in Mexico. Working with his parish youth group and belonging to a small faith community in the parish were transformative experiences for him. (Chicago-Detroit Province)

Ryan Cruise
Bettendorf, Iowa
Ryan, 19, attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. An Eagle Scout, he has tutored students in math and Spanish in high school and was involved in his parish’s youth group and served as a catechist. He made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, and attended Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Ryan enjoys watching and playing baseball, football, and table tennis. (Wisconsin Province)

William Gibson 
Round Rock, Texas
William, 28, received a bachelor’s in philosophy from the University of Dallas in 2010. He taught classics and coached lacrosse at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati last year and also previously worked as a lifeguard and an English tutor. Although he was a Franciscan for three years, he was drawn to the Jesuits’ intellectual tradition and its commitment to the academic apostolate. William’s interests include theology and music. (Chicago-Detroit Province)

David Inczauskis 
Homer Glen, Illinois
David, 22, holds a bachelor’s in Spanish and religious studies from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where he was a resident assistant in the dorms and a staff writer for the university newspaper. He also served as a peer minister and studied abroad at Oxford University in England during his junior year. While at Oxford, David met an English Jesuit and spent a few weeks with novices in Birmingham, England, which helped motivate his decision to join the Society. (Chicago-Detroit Province)

James Kennedy
La Grange, Illinois
Jim, 23, received a bachelor’s in history from the University of Michigan in 2012. During college, he developed a tremendous respect for the Jesuits he met at St. Mary Student Parish while serving as a catechist. Jim also tutored elementary and high school students at Calvert House Catholic Center at the University of Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in social sciences in 2013. (Chicago-Detroit Province)

James McGivney
Cleveland, Ohio
Jim, 27, attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, graduating in 2005. He earned a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Dayton in Ohio and a master’s in accounting from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He volunteered with the West Side Catholic Center in Cleveland, where he served the homeless, and at the Cleveland Food Bank. He coached the crew team and was a volunteer at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. (Chicago-Detroit Province)

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Thomas O’Donnell
Dousman, Wisconsin
Tommy, 30, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s in finance and marketing. He then taught in Milwaukee public schools and Cristo Rey high schools. Tommy’s volunteer experiences have been with SPRED (Special Religious Development); the COVE Alliance, which provides social services to orphaned and disadvantaged children; and The Guest House, serving those with disabilities or experiencing homelessness. Tommy enjoys playing and watching baseball and golf. (Wisconsin Province)

Jack McLinden Cleveland, Ohio
Jack, 23, graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland and received a bachelor’s in religious studies and classics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He pitched for the varsity baseball team at Saint Ignatius and Bucknell and worked as a youth baseball umpire in his spare time. Jack decided to join the Jesuits after completing the “Six Weeks a Jesuit” program in Canada and going on an immersion trip to Uganda. He is interested in philosophy and theology. (Chicago-Detroit Province)

Chris Williams Spearfish, South Dakota
Chris, 24, graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, with a degree in theology and secondary education. While at Creighton, Chris worked at the Center for Service and Justice and studied in Peru. He has been a camp counselor, taught at Jesuit Academy in Omaha and spent a semester volunteering. Chris enjoys reading, movies, the outdoors, and good coffee and good food. (Wisconsin Province)

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May 28, 2020 — The global pandemic has forced everyone to go digital. Spiritual direction — confidential, guided discernment of God — has not stopped. Rather, just like the persons who employ the Exercises, spiritual direction has pivoted online.

May 25, 2020 — In two of the more memorable and simple ceremonies in recent history, one Jesuit was ordained a priest and five Jesuits were ordained deacons on May 23.

May 21, 2020 — The sterling efforts of the Patna Jesuits in responding to the situation arising out of the country-wide lock-down in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis are an image of hope in the midst of several resistances to outreach to the least, the last, and the lost (Matthew 25).

The Spring 2020 issue of Jesuits Magazine is now online. The cover story details the Invisible Infrastructure that is the underpinning of the Midwest Province's purpose and function. Plus, news from the frontiers, Jesuits on the Move, and more!

May 19, 2020 — A group of Ignatian colleagues in northeast Ohio are dedicated to sharing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. They developed a unique Ignatian Spirituality Collaborative to strengthen their practice and impact in the region.

May 18, 2020 — May marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’. Through this landmark encyclical, Pope Francis called the Church and all people to transform our relationship with creation.

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