Ryan J. Rallanka, S.J., 33, was born and raised in Sacramento, California, where he and his family were active members of St. Anthony Parish. Educated in Catholic schools his whole life, Rallanka attended Holy Spirit School and Jesuit High School of Sacramento, where he played piano and clarinet in the school’s bands. Rallanka first encountered the Jesuits in high school and began meaningful friendships with them at Seattle University, where he studied English and sociology. He was active from his freshman year in campus ministry, working on retreats and service trips, including a summer immersion experience in the Philippines. While at Seattle University, Rallanka also began meeting weekly with a Jesuit spiritual director, who helped him develop his relationship with God and discern his call to the priesthood. After earning double bachelor’s degrees in 2006, he entered the Society of Jesus. During his two years as a novice, Rallanka worked for three months in a L’Arche community in Tacoma, Washington, where people with and without intellectual disabilities live together as peers, and served at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington, and at St. Andrew’s Mission Church on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon. Missioned next to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, he earned a master’s degree in philosophical resources while teaching catechism classes and directing the English choir at St. Martin of Tours Parish. His next step in Jesuit formation took him to Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, where he taught freshman theology for three years while serving as a spiritual director for the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life program at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. In 2014, Rallanka was missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. There, he completed a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at San Quentin State Prison. After ordination, Rallanka will begin work at Seattle Preparatory School. His first Mass as a priest will be celebrated with his brother Jesuits at Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. (Oregon Province)
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