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.
June 20, 2018 - Pope Francis speaks out on behalf of migrant families and mothers separated from their children at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world’s immigration problem.
June 14, 2018 - Rep. Juan Vargas read a letter on the U.S. House Floor by Jesuit West Provincial Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, calling for support for the peaceful negotiation of a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua and for respect for the physical safety of all Nicaraguans.
June 11, 2018 - Bishop of San Diego, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy ordained on Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, California, four Jesuit Priests: Fr. JT Tanner, SJ , Fr. Elías Puentes, SJ, Fr. Alejandro Báez-González, SJ, and Fr. Thomas Flowers, SJ.
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