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Jesuit Novices celebrate shortly after professing First Vows at the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Loyola Marymount University campus. Left to right: Lucas Sharma, SJ; Mike Manalastas, SJ; James Antonio, SJ; Chris Boitano, SJ; Nicholas Ballor, SJ; Edward Chow, SJ; Andrew Artaega, SJ; Eddie Ngo, SJ.
Eight Profess First Vows

With family, friends, and hundreds of well-wishers in attendance, eight men from the California and Oregon provinces professed their First Vows in a Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of Loyola Marymount University on August 9. James Antonio, Andrew Arteaga, Nicholas Ballor, Chris Boitano, Edward Chow, Michael Manalastas, Eddie Ngo, and Lucas Sharma each professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

James Antonio

James Antonio, SJ
Seattle, WA

James, 27, earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross. Prior to joining the Jesuits, he spent two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, first assigned to the community in Nashville, Tenn., and then in Portland, Ore., working with Operation Nightwatch, a hospitality center for people on the street. He enjoys yoga, running, and reading poetry. James will continue his Jesuit formation at St. Louis University.


Andrew Arteaga

Andrew Arteaga, SJ
Panorama City, CA

Andrew, 24, holds a bachelor’s degree in French and English literature from Seattle University. While at SU, he spent a spring in France honing his language skills and visiting the shrine at Lourdes. He has worked as a tutor, volunteered at a homeless shelter, and served as a collegium assistant for commuter and transfer students at SU. Andrew is a passionate poet in two languages and loves 17th-century British literature. Andrew will continue his Jesuit formation at St. Louis University.

Nicholas Ballor

Nicholas Ballor, SJ
Essexville, Michigan

Nick, 32, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and earned his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the California Institute of Technology. Most recently, he worked as a biology post-doctoral fellow on a project in applied microbial ecology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His interests include running, hiking, biking, nutrition, Greco-Roman architecture, and studying Hebrew and Koine Greek. Nicholas will continue his Jesuit Formation at Fordham University.

Chris Boitano

Chris Boitano, SJ
Seattle WA

Chris, 25, is a graduate of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash., and Creighton University, where he studied biology. He was involved in numerous service clubs and trips in college, traveling to the Dominican Republic, El Paso, and Mobile, as well as leading a trip to West Virginia. He served as an RA and was instrumental in turning Creighton into a fair trade institution. He is an avid runner. Chris will continue his Jesuit formation at Loyola University Chicago.

Edward Chow

Edward Chow, SJ
San Jose, CA

Edward, 27, a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, completed a bachelor’s in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as a budget analyst at NASA Ames Research Center. In college, he studied Mandarin Chinese in Taipei and, since graduation, has facilitated the service, advocacy and justice ministry team for youth ministry with the San Jose Chinese Catholic Community. Edward will continue his Jesuit Formation at Fordham University.

Mike Manalastas

Mike Manalastas, SJ
Thousand Oaks, CA

Mike, 35, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, worked as a CPA, and has travelled extensively, including pilgrimages to the Holy Land and El Camino de Santiago. He was actively involved at St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco and volunteered as a basketball coach and confirmation teacher at an inner-city school. Mike will continue his Jesuit Formation at St. Louis University.

Eddie Ngo

Eddie Ngo, SJ
Coppell, Texas

Eddie, 39, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Dallas and completed graduate studies at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. A family physician since 2009, he has taken part in medical mission trips to Ethiopia and Peru. Eddie, who has been active in the Christian Life Community, enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and composing music. Eddie will continue his Jesuit Formation at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Lucas Sharma

Lucas Sharma, SJ
Olympia, WA

Lucas, 27, graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics. He also earned an MA in sociology from Loyola University Chicago. In between his academic studies, Lucas served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Washington, D.C. He has volunteered in homeless shelters in the U.S., as well as in Florence, Italy, while a student. Lucas plays the piano, enjoys hiking, and is passionate about good conversation. Lucas will continue his Jesuit Formation at Fordham University.





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