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Alumni Ordinations

  • Fr. Jacob Boddicker SJ

    Jacob Boddicker is originally from Eastern Iowa and studied archaeology and history before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 2006. After studying philosophy at St. Louis University and teaching at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI, Jacob began his MDiv at JST in 2014. As a deacon, he will serve at the Basilica of St. Joseph in Alameda, CA.

  • Fr. Patrick Couture SJ

    In 2013, Fr. Couture was missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. Additionally, he serves on the candidate review board for the novitiate. Following ordination, he will earn his Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

  • Fr. R.J. Fitchtinger SJ

    Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, R.J. graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Social Work and was a social worker before joining the Society of Jesus in 2006. Since taking vows in 2008, he studied philosophy for three years at Loyola University Chicago and spent three years teaching, counseling, and coaching football at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. R.J. will be exercising his diaconal ministry at Newman Hall- Holy Spirit Parish near the University of California campus through the end of this academic year."

  • Fr. Luke Hansen SJ

    Luke Hansen, S.J., originally from Kaukauna, Wisconsin, is a graduate of Saint Joseph College (Indiana) and served as a Jesuit Volunteer in San Jose, California. He entered the Jesuits in 2005 and earned a masters in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. He has worked on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and served as an associate editor of America magazine. He is interested in prison ministry, social protest, and church reform.

  • Fr. Matthew Holland SJ

    Fr. Holland was thankful for the opportunity to study abroad, where he experienced the international Society and met the welcoming people of Colombia. He received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in December 2015 and then returned to the United States to continue studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. He also served as a deacon at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Berkeley, helping with the Spanish liturgies.

  • Fr. Chanyong Jeon SJ

    Chanyong Jeon, S.J. joined the Society of Jesus in 2007. He studied philosophy at Graduate Studies in Philosophy and Theology at Sogang University in Korea, graduating in 2012. Before he came to JST, he was assistant to the director at Yiutsari-Jesuit Center for Migrant Workers. He is currently studying theology at Jesuit school of Theology at Santa Clara University. During this past year, he taught catechism for kids in 1st-year confirmation group at St. Patrick’s Church.

  • Fr. Brett McLaughlin SJ

    Brett is a Northeast province scholastic from Massachusetts and western New York. He met the Jesuits at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Since entering the Society, he has taught high school at Cheverus in Maine, worked as hospital chaplain, and completed philosophy at Fordham University.

  • Oscar Momanyi SJ

    Oscar Momanyi SJ is a member of the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus. Before coming to the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley; he studied Philosophy at Arrupe College Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities in Harare, Zimbabwe and worked as a teacher at Loyola Secondary School in Wau, South Sudan. After his eventual priestly ordination, he hopes to serve in South Sudan.

  • Fr. David Paternostros SJ

    David comes from League City, Texas, and entered the Jesuits in 2005. After novitiate in Grand Coteau, La. and philosophy studies in New York, he went down to Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fl., where he taught theology and served as the assistant theatre director. Since arriving for theology studies at JST, he served as theatre director at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco until last May, and will continue his theology studies while serving as a deacon at St. Mary Magdalen parish and coordinating their RCIA program.

  • Fr. Stephen Pitts SJ

    Stephen Pitts SJ joined the Jesuits after graduating from the University of Oklahoma, where he earned degrees in mathematics and computer science and spent a year as an exchange student in Kyoto, Japan. Before coming to JST, he taught mathematics for three years at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, TX. In addition to teaching, he has also found very rewarding many opportunities to accompany migrants throughout his Jesuit formation, in locales as diverse as rural Louisiana, Tijuana, and Tokyo.

  • Fr. Ryan Rallanka SJ

    Ryan, 32, is a native of Sacramento, CA where he attended Jesuit High School. After obtaining degrees in Sociology and English from Seattle University, he shortly thereafter entered the Jesuits. His experiences as a Jesuit include: obtaining a Master's in Philosophical Resources from Fordham University, teaching Freshman theology at Jesuit High School in Portland OR, serving as a spiritual director in various capacities, and aiding currently the music ministry at the Catholic Chapel at San Quentin Prison.

  • Fr. Andrew Rodriguez SJ

    At the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, he earned a Master of Divinity degree, while also serving as a deacon at St. Agnes Church in San Francisco. During his formation, Fr. Rodriguez had the opportunity to teach English to teachers in Xiamen, China; study Spanish in Uruguay and Guatemala; lead a student immersion group in El Salvador; and engage in interreligious dialogue with Muslim students in Indonesia.

  • Fr. Sean Salai SJ

    Sean Salai, S.J., is a contributing writer at America who holds an M.A. in Applied Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. in History from Wabash College, which he attended on scholarship from the Indianapolis Star. Before entering the Society of Jesus in 2005, he was a newspaper reporter for The Washington Times and Boca Raton News, and he is the author of two recent books from Our Sunday Visitor. He taught theology and coached forensics at Jesuit High School of Tampa in 2010-2014, has worked in the Catholic chaplaincy at San Quentin state prison from 2014 to present, and will be serving as a deacon at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville, CA, as he finishes his M.Div and prepares for priesthood ordination on June 10, 2017.

  • Fr. George Teodoro SJ

    At the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving at St. Columba Parish in Oakland, where he was also the interim director of the church’s Gospel Choir. His Jesuit formation has included language studies in Colombia and Indonesia, service to the elderly with Catholic Community Services in Seattle and studies in music composition.

  • Fr. Yuichi Tsunoda SJ

    Yuichi Tsunoda is studying systematic theology in the STD program at JST and is writing his dissertation in Christology focusing on the hypostatic union of Christ. My future mission will be teaching systematic theology in Japan.

  • Fr. Marc Valadao SJ

    In 2013, he was missioned to Berkeley, California, to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology while doing ministry at San Quentin State Prison and serving as a deacon both there and at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Turlock, California.

  • Fr. Samuel Wilson SJ

    In 2013, Fr. Wilson was missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and served as a deacon at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oakland, doing everything from preaching to teaching catechism to frying food for parish dinners. During his formation Fr. Wilson had the opportunity to study Spanish in Guatemala and to live with the L’Arche community in the Dominican Republic for a summer. Last summer, he walked the Camino Ignaciano in Spain.