Pray for the novices on the long retreat.
Dominic Heesang Chai
Dominic, 38, was born in Seoul, and grew up in Southern California. He received his BA from UC Berkeley and PhD from the London School of Economics. He taught International Business Ethics and Strategy at the Universities of Manchester, Seoul National, and London. He also worked as a corporate executive advisor. Recently, Dominic walked the Camino de Santiago, made pilgrimages to Yamaguchi and Loyola, and volunteered at CAFOD. He is a novice chess and tennis player, and oboist.
Frederico G.B. Gianelli
San Francisco, California
Frederico, 40, is a Brazilian-Uruguayan. Before entering the Novitiate, he worked at Stanford Medical Center as a Board Certified Chaplain specializing in Palliative Medicine Chaplaincy. He earned an equivalent of a master of divinity from the Facultad de Teologia Monsenor Mariano Soler in Uruguay. As a minor seminarian, he was inspirited by the Jesuits working on social justices ministries. Frederico enjoys being connected with people, long drives on PCH, and fixing church tower clocks.
Myles, 26, attended Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas, and graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's in Management. While at BC, he was confirmed at Saint Ignatius Church. After graduation, Myles returned to Jesuit Dallas to serve in the Alumni Service Corps. For the last two years, he has pursued a master's in Counseling at Loyola Marymount University, where he also worked in Campus Ministry. Myles enjoys traveling, learning languages, and spending time outdoors.
Chris Chinh Nguyen
San Jose, California
Chris, 41, earned his BS in biochemistry at UC San Diego and his MSIS at Santa Clara University. He's worked in IT at many startups in the Silicon Valley as well as a Sales System Engineer. He has volunteered as a catechist in the San Jose Vietnamese Community since 1998, working with youths and young adults. He enjoys backpacking, cooking, reading, gardening, and traveling to exotic destinations. He also enjoys the company of new and old friends over a cold pint of beer.
Danilo Mendoza Rugama
Danilo, 31, moved to the United States from Nicaragua in the year 2000. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's in Psychology. For the last several years, he worked as a librarian at the UC Berkeley and ministered to the Hispanic Young Adults ministry at his parish. Danilo discovered the Ignatian spirituality when he attended the Instituto Hispano of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara. He enjoys spending time outdoors and reading.
South Ogden, Utah
Michael, 40, earned a bachelor's in political science at Santa Clara University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School. He represented the State of Utah in the prosecution of felonies and misdemeanors as a Deputy District Attorney. He also practiced as a civil litigator with an emphasis in product liability and medical malpractice. Michael enjoys running, praying the rosary, watching sports, and has a devotion to Our Lady.
Los Angeles, California
Vincent, 23, graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2016. There he sang in an a cappella group, directed films and a play and lead retreats. He majored in Psychology. After graduation, he worked as an intern at the Newman Center at Washington University. His hobbies include singing, playing piano, movies, and playing all kinds of games and sports. He also enjoys witty puns and jokes.
Michael, 25, attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California and graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Theology. For the past two years, Michael worked as support staff at a residential facility for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Davis, California. Michael’s vocation is grounded in his spiritual formation at Jesuit High and at LMU, and nurtured by the love and support of his family, friends and the Jesuits. He enjoys playing and watching sports, reading and eating especially tacos.
Kyle, 33, earned a bachelor’s degree from Carrol College and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. He was first introduced to Catholicism at Carroll during team Masses as a member of the football team, and joined the Catholic Church during his senior year. He has worked as an elementary teacher, coach, educational consultant, and returned to Carroll in 2013 as the College’s Chief of Staffs. He loves eating breakfast tacos, the state of Montana, family, friends and neighbors who have so deeply impacted his life.
Tony, 31, received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from California State University of Chico, and a master’s degree in the same field at Sacramento State University. Throughout his university studies, he worked in campus ministry. For the past three years he has served the youth and young adults of Saint Ignatius Parish and School in Sacramento, California. These experiences in ministry stirred a deeper desire to serve and love God’s people as a Jesuit. Tony enjoys traveling the world, cheering on the San Francisco Giants, playing ultimate Frisbee, and eating exotic foods, especially weird tacos.
Santa Clara, California
Daniel, 29, moved to the United States from Goa, India to attend the University of Minnesota where he received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Later he worked as a design engineer for a semi-conductor equipment company in the Silicon Valley. Daniel was actively involved with the Young Adult Ministry at Saint Martin of Tours Parish in San Jose diocese. He had attended the Jesuit school in India and rediscovered the Ignatian spirituality through the Caritas Retreat organized by Christus Ministries in the States. He enjoys biking and backpacking and finds God in nature. His favorite foods include hard shelled tacos and desserts.
San Mateo, California
Dennis, 38, studied history at the University of San Francisco and earned a master’s degree in political sociology at the London School of Economics. He worked in non-profit organizations for over ten years, most recently for Mission Hiring Hall, an organization helping people find jobs in San Francisco. An Eastern Orthodox Catholic, Dennis first encountered the Jesuits growing up in the Philippines and discovered Ignatian spirituality at USF. He enjoys tacos and ramen noodles, but not at the same time.
Fernando, 40, studied Latin American History and Economics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He received his JD from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 2005 and has been a member of the State Bar of California since that time. Fernando has spent the last decade practicing law in Southern California as a civil litigator with emphasis in commercial, real estate and construction law. He credits his Georgetown experience for firing the Jesuit spark within him and inspiring him to ultimately join the Society. His interests include tacos, turtles, and Hawaiian shirts.
Henry William Perez
Long Beach, California
Henry, 49, grew up at Saint Bernard’s Parish in the Long Beach area. Upon graduation from Saint John Bosco High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve while attending Long Beach State majoring in Business Management. After working in the printing and advertising industry for most of his career, he decided to pursue his passion for cooking and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu as valedictorian in 2011. Henry has traveled from Japan to Europe and has exercised his culinary skills while living in the West Indies spreading his love for tacos. Being involved with the Catholic community in Los Angeles, Henry enjoys teaching catechism and singing in the choir. He enjoys family gathering, nature, art, cooking, snowboarding and scuba diving.
An Nguyen Vu
An, 34, moved with his family to the United States at the age of 9 from Vietnam. He graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He completed further studies in pre-dentistry and evolution before discerning religious life. He taught Vietnamese in the local parish school and participated in the local diocesan discernment group before applying to the Society of Jesus. His interests include sports, history, travel, and contemplative reflection.
An Hoang Vu
An, 23, graduated from the University of California of Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Educational Sciences. He was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam until his family moved to the United States in 2010. He spent the last five years teaching catechism at his local parish. He discovered Ignatian spirituality from a Catholic faith sharing group at the university and it changed his life. He enjoys classical music, volley ball, reading, and Ignatian contemplative prayer.
Victor, 26, graduated from the University of California of Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He was a member of the United States men’s national under-17 soccer team, and played Division I soccer for UCLA. After college, he worked at Wabash College as an assistant soccer coach. He was inspired by Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion after suffering a career-ending injury on his left ankle. Victor enjoys praying the rosary, playing sports, weight lifting, and eating tacos.