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The first stage of Jesuit formation, the novitiate is a two-year experience of prayer, community living, and apostolic service as men start their journey in the Society of Jesus.

MacLean Andrews, nSJ

Murrieta, California

MacLean, 32, graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane and earned a bachelor’s in international studies from Point Loma Nazarene University. He taught history and was a speech and debate coach at Gonzaga Prep, which is where his discernment process with the Jesuits began. In 2019, he took a pilgrimage in China following the route of Matteo Ricci, SJ, from Macau to Beijing; it was on this trip that he decided to apply to the Society of Jesus. MacLean likes reading, watching football and writing.

Jonathan Choe, nSJ

Seal Beach, California

Jonathan, 24, graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. He has a bachelor’s in philosophy and humanities for teaching from Seattle University and a master’s in educational studies from Loyola Marymount University. At Seattle U, he attended retreats, sang in the choir and became passionate about Jesuit education. He spent two years as a high school math teacher in Phoenix and spent a summer teaching at the Jesuit high school in Lusaka, Zambia. Jonathan enjoys golfing, hiking, cooking and reading.

Mike Mateo-Sebastian, nSJ

Mesa, Arizona

Mike received a bachelor’s in theology and political science from Benedictine University. He worked with people with special needs and for several law firms. He volunteered with the Mayan community in Mesa and with several parishes — in youth ministry, music ministry and catechesis. Mike’s interests include theology, track, nature, music and cultures, and he enjoys being with family. His favorite saint is St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

Kevin Miller, nSJ 

Burbank, California

Kevin, 28, has a bachelor’s in psychology from UCLA. He was a retreat coordinator for the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative in Los Angeles. As a Jesuit volunteer, he served as a campus minister at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Twin Cities in Minneapolis and as a case manager at Catholic Charities in San Jose, California. He spent five months living in community with Jesuits and volunteering at the Kino Border Initiative at the U.S.-Mexico border. He enjoys basketball, weightlifting and reading spiritual books.

Alvaro Pacheco, Jr., nSJ

Los Angeles, California

Alvaro, 38, has a bachelor’s in history and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a Spanish-language press secretary for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and as deputy press secretary for former Congressman Xavier Becerra. He was co-coordinator of the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and volunteered as an interpreter for pro bono immigration attorneys. Alvaro’s hobbies include practicing guitar, taking walks and watching sports, especially the Lakers and Dodgers.

Paul Prevou, nSJ

Arlington, Texas

Paul, 30, graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s in geology in 2015. He then worked as an environmental consultant on nuclear and petroleum cleanup efforts in Washington state. His experiences in young adult ministry in his home diocese of Fort Worth, along with those of fraternity life in college, inspired a love of service and communal living. His grandfather taught at Gonzaga University and planted the seeds of his interest in the Society of Jesus. Paul’s hobbies include weightlifting, backpacking and studying Mandarin Chinese.

Corey Trujillo, nSJ

Gardnerville, Nevada

Corey has bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and Spanish from the University of Portland, a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he founded and was chair of the Committee on Equity in Mechanical Engineering. Corey has worked as a mechanical engineer, an instructor and a graduate researcher. He enjoys cooking with friends, teaching and mentoring, and playing dominoes with his grandparents.

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