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)

Recent News

November 13, 2019 — The Creighton Prep Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Fr. Matthew Spotts, SJ, as the school’s 34th president.

November 6, 2019 — On October 19, Midwest Jesuit Joshua Peters, SJ, along with four other Jesuits, was ordained to the diaconate in Moraga, California,

November 4, 2019 — Ignatian communities are embracing the Jesuit Provincials’ call to walk in solidarity with migrants and asylum seekers.

November 1, 2019 — A ceremonial groundbreaking for its new campus in Phoenix was held last month.

October 29, 2019 — Father Vu, a Vietnamese immigrant and recently ordained Jesuit priest, speaks seven languages, is trained as a paramedic, and is preparing to become a doctor.

October 28, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Jerome F. Treacy, SJ, who died on October 23, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 90 years old. May he rest in peace.

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