25, 2016 — 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 are:
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
David C. Paternostro, SJ (Central
and Southern Province)
Stephen M. Pitts, SJ (Central
and Southern Province)
Ryan J. Rallanka, SJ (Oregon
Angelo J. Rizzo, SJ (Maryland
Sean M. Salai, SJ (Central and
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.
February 14, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Daniel L. Flaherty, SJ, who died at 2:20 p.m. (EST) on February 13, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 89 years old. Dan was provincial of the Chicago Province from 1973-1979. May he rest in peace.
February 13, 2019 — Ever since middle school I had loved science, but I also remembered many of the stories my mom told of the Jesuits she knew in India. So in high school when I first thought of a religious vocation the Jesuits came to mind immediately, even though I’d never met one!
February 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ, who died at 7:47 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.
January 28, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Timothy J. Shepard, SJ, who died at 4:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was two days short of 73 years old. May he rest in peace.