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During this two- to three-year period that follows First Studies, scholastics and brothers work in active ministry while living in community. Typically, Jesuits are assigned to teach at high schools or universities, but some work in parishes or some other Jesuit ministry.

Michael Bachmeier, SJ

Woodland, California

Michael attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California and graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Theology. Prior to entering the Society, Michael worked as support staff at a residential facility for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Davis, California. He completed First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri. He is now performing his Regency at Bellarmine Preparatory School in San Jose, CA.

Myles Kelley, SJ

Dallas, Texas

Myles attended Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas. He graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s in management and completed the sacrament of confirmation on campus at St. Ignatius Church. Myles returned to Jesuit Dallas to serve in the Alumni Service Corps, then pursued a master’s in counseling while working in campus ministry at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He completed First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Now he is working as a regent at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, AZ.

Danilo Mendoza Rugama, SJ

Oakland, California

Danilo moved to the United States from Nicaragua then went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to entering the Society, he worked as a library supervisor at UC Berkeley and ministered to Hispanic young adults at his parish. Danilo discovered Ignatian spirituality when he attended the Instituto Hispano at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in California. He completed First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is performing his Regency at Hogar Divina Infantita, in Nador, Morocco.

James Millikan, SJ

Tulalip, Washington

Prior to entering the Society, Millikan graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics served as an Americorps volunteer for three years. He went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University before working as a high school math teacher. After the novitiate he completed his First Studies at ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara in Mexico. Currently, he is doing his regency as a math teacher at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles, California.

Travis Neuman, SJ

Buckley, Washington

Travis earned a bachelor’s in history/social studies from Western Washington University, and most recently worked as a licensed practical nurse in Buckley, Washington. His first contact with the Jesuits was through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Boston back in 2004-2005. When not singing while passing meds to his patients, Travis volunteers in various roles at his parish, practices piano and explores day hikes near Mount Rainier. He completed First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri. He is now performing his Regency at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, AZ.

Alexander Phan, SJ

Alhambra, California

Alex earned a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a master’s in physician assistant (PA) practice from the University of Southern California. He completed additional training at the Norwalk Hospital/Yale University PA Surgical Residency. Afterward, he practiced as a cardiothoracic surgery PA. He was active in the Vietnamese Christian Life Community, serving in the young adult ministry and training leaders for youth retreats. Alex enjoys cooking, hiking, and camping. He completed First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is now performing his Regency as a pastoral associate in the Newman Center at University of California, San Diego.

Collin Price, SJ

Pasco, Washington

Alex earned a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a master’s in physician assistant (PA) practice from the University of Southern California. He completed additional training at the Norwalk Hospital/Yale University PA Surgical Residency. Afterward, he practiced as a cardiothoracic surgery PA. He was active in the Vietnamese Christian Life Community, serving in the young adult ministry and training leaders for youth retreats. Alex enjoys cooking, hiking, and camping. He completed First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is now performing his Regency as a retreat director at the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative (JRJI).

Nicholas Russell, SJ

Long Beach, California

Nick graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from CSU, Long Beach. He has spent the last 14 years of his life teaching and coaching competitive speech and debate, first as a graduate assistant and then as a program director. A convert to Catholicism, Nick discovered the Jesuits through a Spiritual Exercises program at a local parish. His passions include reading, running, and learning to play the guitar. He completed First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is now performing his Regency as a lecturer in communication studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.

Vincent Truong, SJ

Los Angeles, California

Vincent attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and while there he assisted in leading retreats and interned at the Newman Center. He graduated from Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He completed First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri. He is now performing his Regency at St Andrew Nativity School in Portland, OR.

An Hoang Vu, SJ

Westminster, California

An Hoang was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam until his family moved to the United States in 2010. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Educational Sciences. For the five years prior to entering the Society he taught catechism at his local parish. Completed his first studies in campus ministry at Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose. He is working as a regent in the office of Campus Ministry at Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California.

An Nguyen Vu, SJ

Portland, Oregon

An Nguyen moved with his family to the United States at the age of 9 from Vietnam. He graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He completed further studies in pre-dentistry and evolution before discerning religious life. He taught Vietnamese in the local parish school and participated in the local diocesan discernment group before applying to the Society of Jesus. Completed his first studies Vocation promotion for Jesuits West. Most recently he was a vocation promoter in the Jesuits West Office of Vocation Promotion. Currently, he is performing his Regency as a pastoral associate in the Newman Center at University of California, San Diego.

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