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.
May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.
April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.
April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?