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.
Gonzaga University has hired Jacob H. Rooksby, JD, PhD, as the new dean of Gonzaga University School of Law. He will start his term on June 1. Rooksby succeeds Dean Jane Korn, who began her tenure in 2011.
Father Francis “Frank” Goodman Hernandez, SJ, longtime teacher of physics and computer science at Jesuit High School, Carmichael, Calif., entered into God’s peace April 11 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos.
Kate Hannick, a Seattle University junior and economics and public affairs double major, has been named a 2018 Truman Scholar, one of only 59 selected this year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Psychology doctoral student Liliana Campos Ramales won’t graduate for another two years, but she already knows the types of patients she wants to work with as a psychologist – undocumented residents who face constant fear of being discovered and deported.
Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2022. The urban and community leaders from Spokane and the Tacoma-Seattle area will receive full-tuition, full-need, four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.
The Board of Directors of Verbum Dei High School announced the appointment of Father Stephen A. Privett, SJ, as president. Father Privett will lead the Catholic boys high school that has been acclaimed for providing its South Central Los Angeles students a rigorous college prep curriculum for more than five decades.