2018 Ordination
The call to become a Jesuit priest beckoned five men from around the nation to join the Midwest Province Society of Jesus nearly a decade ago. This summer, after years of studying, ministering, and praying, these Jesuits were ordained Catholic priests.

Most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay
 
Four of the Jesuits, Frs. Kevin Embach, Kyle Shinseki, Nathaniel Romano, and Tho Vu, were ordained on June 9, 2018, at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee, which was presided over by Most Rev. David L. Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. Fr. Andrij Hlabse, SJ, was ordained in the Byzantine Rite on July 15 at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Parma, Ohio.

The five Midwest Jesuits are part of 27 Jesuits who were ordained in the United States, Canada, and Haiti this summer.

   
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Ordination, for those called to be Jesuit priests, is the culmination of a long and sometimes arduous journey in formation. The Jesuit formation process is famously rigorous. A Jesuit first spends two years as a novice, living in community and learning about Ignatian spirituality, the distinct collection of spiritual practices and prayers developed by St. Ignatius and his companions, while also experiencing work in Jesuit ministries and making a 30-day silent retreat.

After pronouncing vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, Jesuits begin studies as a brother or scholastic, taking courses in philosophy and theology for three years before entering another two-to-three-year period called regency, during which they work full-time in a Jesuit ministry, usually as a teacher in a high school or university. Jesuits who are called to priestly ministry spend another three years in formal theology studies before being ordained. Priests and brothers later spend a year in tertianship, a time during which they review their formation, make another 30-day retreat, and profess final vows in the Society of Jesus.
Ordination Mass of Frs. Kevin Embach, Kyle Shinseki, Nathaniel Romano, and Tho Vu, at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee


Photos by Yevhen Gulenko
Fr. Andrij Hlabse, SJ, was ordained in the Byzantine Rite on July 15 at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Parma, Ohio.


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Fr. Kevin J. Embach, SJ
Fr. Nathaniel V. Romano, SJ
Fr. Kyle K. F. Shinseki, SJ
Fr. Tho Vu, SJ
Fr. Andrij Hlabse, SJ


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