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.
Cyrus Habib, nSJ
Cyrus earned a bachelor’s in English literature and Middle Eastern studies at Columbia University, a Master of Letters in English at Oxford and a law degree at Yale. Over the past decade he has practiced law, taught at Seattle University and served as a legislator and as the Lt. Governor of Washington state. An only child, his faith is rooted in the love he received from his parents, from the community of faith he found at Seattle’s St. James Cathedral Parish and from his desire to serve those on the margins. He enjoys music and books of all genres and traveling to new places.
William Peters, nSJ
Will, 27, graduated from Jesuit High School in Sacramento and earned a bachelor’s in English and philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross. After college, he moved to Los Angeles to teach middle school literature and religion with the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education. While in LA, Will was a parishioner and confirmation teacher at St. Monica Catholic Community. He has a deep desire to walk with God and others, especially those whom society labels as “least” among us.
John Paul Kegod Sacedor, nSJ
John Paul graduated from Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies and a minor in language and literature. There, he worked as a sacristan in the university chapel, where he also served as a choir member, lector and altar server. He was drawn to the Jesuits through the example of the priests at the Jesuit community in Davao. Previously, he volunteered as a catechist at St. Mary’s Parish in Centralia and as an assistant at the L’Arche community in Tacoma. He enjoys history, music and reading.
Pierre Thompson, nSJ
Pierre, 32, earned a bachelor’s in foreign service at Georgetown University and a master’s in peace studies at Uppsala University in Sweden. The Jesuits taught him a way of listening to God and walking with his people. Over the past decade, he has organized and advocated for community development, immigration services and integral disarmament. A Rotarian, he is drawn to diverse peoples, cultures and languages in the spirit of fraternity. Pierre enjoys both movement and stillness.