News
Society of Jesus Ordains 14 New Jesuit Deacons

October 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.

Bishop 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.



The Jesuits ordained are:

  • Jacob J. Boddicker, SJ (Wisconsin Province)
  • Rodolfo Casals, SJ (USA Northeast Province)
  • Jun-yeol Choi, SJ (Korea Province)
  • R.J. Fichtinger, SJ (Wisconsin Province)
  • Luke J. Hansen, SJ (Wisconsin Province)
  • Chanyong Jeon, SJ (Korea Province)
  • Brett B. McLaughlin, SJ (USA Northeast Province)
  • Oscar Momanyi, SJ (Eastern Africa Province)
  • David C. Paternostro, SJ (Central and Southern Province)
  • Stephen M. Pitts, SJ (Central and Southern Province)
  • Ryan J. Rallanka, SJ (Oregon Province)
  • Angelo J. Rizzo, SJ (Maryland Province)
  • Sean M. Salai, SJ (Central and Southern Province)
  • Christian Wagner, SJ (Chicago-Detroit Province)


For 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.

Earlier this year, 18 other Jesuits were ordained to the diaconate at Masses in Boston, Montreal and Toronto. To learn more about Jesuit vocations and formation, visit www.jesuitvocations.org. (Photos by Nano Visser)





Recent News

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, and the Ignatian family has a wide array of resources to help guide you through the next 40 days.

February 13, 2018 — Brendan Conroy has been named the new Associate Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education.

February 5, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Eugene J. Nevins, SJ (UMI), who died 11:30 a.m. on February 2, 2018, at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.

January 30, 2018 — Eric Immel, SJ, works at Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago, which seeks to dramatically reimagine how a school can offer a Jesuit, liberal arts education.

January 25, 2018 — Fr. Reim, a new Jesuit on campus, serves as Vice Superior of the Jesuit Community, minister of the Spiritual Program for Adults and in campus ministry.

January 22, 2018 — On Jan. 19, more than 800 students from Jesuit schools from across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Jesuit Mass for Life.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Jesuits Fall/Winter 2017

Jesuits Summer 2017

Jesuits Spring 2017



Charis Ministries
Founded in 2000, Charis Ministries reaches those in their 20s and 30s throughout the country, nurturing their faith through retreats based in Ignatian spirituality.