Become a Jesuit

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.

Kyle Baker, SJ

Helena, Montana

Kyle Baker, SJ

Helena, Montana

Kyle earned a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Helena, Montana and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. He was first introduced to Catholicism at Carroll during team Masses as a member of the football team. He then joined the Catholic Church during his senior year at Carroll. He has worked as an elementary school teacher, coach, educational consultant, and returned to Carroll in 2013 as the College’s Chief of Staff. He finished First Studies at Fordham University in New York and will be starting his first year of Regency working at the St. Paul Catholic Newman Center at Boise State University in Idaho.

Peter Berger, SJ

Yakima, Washington

Peter Berger, SJ

Yakima, Washington

Prior to entering the Society, Peter earned an associate degree from Yakima Valley Community College and was a seminarian for the Diocese of Yakima. As a seminarian he graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. He spent two years with a traveling retreat youth ministry that provided him the opportunity to travel across the Northwestern and Mideastern United States, as well as northern British Columbia, Canada. He also attended World Youth Day in Canada in 2002 and in Germany in 2005. He completed his First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri. Currently he is undertaking Regency as a teacher of religion at Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California.

Manuel Chavira Jr., SJ

Fullerton, California

Manuel Chavira Jr., SJ

Fullerton, California

Manuel earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. He served in the U.S. Marines as an infantryman and worked as an oil refinery operator in Southern California for almost 20 years. His immersion trip to the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales (Arizona and Mexico) solidified his desire to join the Society. He completed his theology studies at Regis College in Toronto, ON, Canada. In fall 2020 he will begin his Regency working as a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison in California.

Edward Chow, SJ

San Jose, California

Edward Chow, SJ

San Jose, California

Edward graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California. He completed a bachelor’s degree in political economy at the University of California, Berkeley. While in college he studied Mandarin Chinese in Taipei and after graduation facilitated the service, advocacy and justice ministry team for youth ministry with the San Jose Chinese Catholic Community. Prior to entering the Society, he worked as a budget analyst at NASA Ames Research Center. He completed his First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri. Currently he is undertaking Regency working at the Newman Center of University of California, San Diego.

Tony Cortese, SJ

Sacramento, California

Tony Cortese, SJ

Sacramento, California

Tony received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from California State University, Chico, and a master’s degree in the same field at Sacramento State University. Throughout his university studies, he worked in campus ministry. Prior to entering the Society, he served the youth and young adults of St. Ignatius Parish and School in Sacramento, California. He completed his First Studies at Fordham University in New York. Beginning in fall 2020 he will undertake his Regency working at the Ignatian Education Center at Santa Clara University in California.

Ulises Covarrubias, SJ

Inglewood, California

Ulises Covarrubias, SJ

Inglewood, California

Ulises received a bachelor's degree in international development studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master's degree in public diplomacy from the University of Southern California. Prior to entering the Society, he volunteered at Tierra Blanca Arts Center, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing dance and music to underserved communities. He completed his First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri. Currently he is undertaking Regency as a teacher of Spanish and philosophy at Seattle Preparatory School in Seattle, Washington.

Daniel Flores Estrella, SJ

Inglewood, California

Daniel Flores Estrella, SJ

Inglewood, California

Daniel earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in studio art and communication arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. As a professional multidisciplinary artist and designer, he previously worked for nonprofit arts organizations and art institutions as artist-in-residence, graphic designer, administrator, project coordinator, and curator. Prior to entering the Society, he worked as an arts educator with a broad spectrum of diverse communities. In this work he created projects with his students that utilized the arts as a conduit for social and restorative justice. For 16 years he volunteered with SEARCH Youth Ministries where he coordinated weekend retreats and workshops for young adults in disenfranchised communities throughout Los Angeles. He completed his First Studies at Fordham University in New York. Currently he is undertaking Regency as the assistant to the Dean of Students at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Frederico Gianelli, SJ

San Francisco, California

Frederico Gianelli, SJ

San Francisco, California

Frederico is Brazilian-Uruguayan. Before entering the Society, he worked at Stanford Medical Center in Stanford, California, as a board-certified chaplain specializing in palliative medicine chaplaincy. He earned an equivalent of a Master of Divinity from the Facultad de Teologia-Monseñor Mariano Soler in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a minor seminarian, he was inspired by the Jesuits working in social justice ministries. Currently he is undertaking Regency as a campus minister and the director of adult faith formation at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles.

Shane Liesegang, SJ

Santa Monica, California

Shane Liesegang, SJ

Santa Monica, California

Shane earned a bachelor's degree in cognitive science and theater from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and a master's degree in entertainment technology from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For the ten years prior to entering the novitiate, he was a video game and theme park developer in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He was excited to discover the spirituality and work of the Jesuits, as he looked for ways to combine his faith and his daily work. He completed his First Studies at Fordham University in New York. Shane will be performing his Regency working for Jesuit Refugee Service in Beirut, Lebanon.

Dennis Marzan, SJ

San Mateo, California

Dennis Marzan, SJ

San Mateo, California

Dennis was born in the Philippines but moved to Southern California with his family during his childhood. While at the University of San Francisco (USF) he studied history and earned a master’s degree in political sociology from the London School of Economics. Prior to entering the Society, he worked in non-profit organizations including Mission Hiring Hall, an organization helping people find jobs in the San Francisco area. An Eastern Orthodox Catholic, Dennis first encountered the Jesuits growing up in the Philippines and discovered Ignatian spirituality at USF. He completed First Studies at Fordham University in New York and will undertake Regency working at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California.

John Meyers, SJ

Mission Viejo, California

John Meyers, SJ

Mission Viejo, California

John received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he was also a resident assistant in the dorms. He participated in summer study abroad trips to Zambia and following graduation he lived in rural villages in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. There he taught residents how to obtain clean water as well as basic computer skills. He completed his First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri and will be undertaking Regency working at Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California.

Jaret Ornelas, SJ

Turlock, California

Jaret Ornelas, SJ

Turlock, California

Jaret earned a bachelor's degree in Chicana/o studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was active in Intervarsity Christian Leadership, St. Mark's Newman Center, and as a liaison for student government to labor unions and campus workers. Prior to entering the Society, Jaret served as a Jesuit volunteer in Belize working in campus ministry at St. John's College and at a detention center for youth. He completed his First Studies at ITESO (Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education) - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara in Mexico and will undertake Regency working at the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales (Arizona and Mexico).

Raymond Parcon, SJ

Orange, California

Raymond Parcon, SJ

Orange, California

Raymond earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City, Philippines, a master's degree in software engineering from National University in Costa Mesa, California, and an advanced computer security certificate from Stanford University's Center for Professional Development. Prior to entering the Society, he taught catechism classes to eighth grade students and fed the homeless at Christ Cathedral in Orange, California. Raymond completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Currently he is undertaking Regency as a chaplain at San Quentin Prison in California.

Henry William Perez, SJ

Long Beach, California

Henry William Perez, SJ

Long Beach, California

Henry grew up at Saint Bernard’s Parish in the Long Beach, California area. Upon graduation from Saint John Bosco High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve while attending Long Beach State majoring in Business Management. After working in the printing and advertising industry for most of his career, he decided to pursue his passion for cooking and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu as valedictorian. While he was involved with the Catholic community in Los Angeles, Henry enjoyed teaching catechism and singing in the choir. He completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. For Regency he will be working at The Center at Blessed Sacrament Parish, a non-profit committed to ending isolation and homelessness in Hollywood, California.

Fernando Saldivar, SJ

Tustin, California

Fernando Saldivar, SJ

Tustin, California

Fernando earned a BA in Latin American History with a minor in Economics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He went on to receive his JD from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles and has been a member of the State Bar of California ever since. Fernando spent the decade prior to entering the Society practicing law in Southern California as a civil litigator with emphasis in commercial, real estate and construction law. He credits his Georgetown experience for firing the Jesuit spark within him and inspiring him to ultimately join the Society. He completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is set to perform his Regency working at the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar in the Office of Justice and Ecology located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Michael Tedone, SJ

Placentia, California

Michael Tedone, SJ

Placentia, California

Michael earned a bachelor's degree in Catholic theology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a master's degree in religious education from Boston College. Prior to entering the Society, he served with Jesuit Volunteers International working at Xavier High School in Chuuk, Micronesia. He completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He spent two years of his Regency working at Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose, California and in fall 2020 he will begin working with SEEL and serving in pastoral ministry at St. Aloysius Parish in Spokane, Washington.

Dzao Vu, SJ

Omaha, Nebraska

Dzao Vu, SJ

Omaha, Nebraska

Dzao received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He went on to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. As a registered pharmacist, Dzao worked as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist with the U.S. Air Force and Veterans Affairs in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. He was active in youth ministry at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang in Las Vegas. He completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Currently he is undertaking Regency as a teacher the School of Pharmacy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Victor Yanez, SJ

Bloomington, California

Victor Yanez, SJ

Bloomington, California

Victor graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He was a member of the United States men’s national under-17 soccer team and played Division I soccer for UCLA. After college, he worked at Wabash College as an assistant soccer coach. After suffering a career-ending injury on his left ankle Victor found inspiration in Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion. He has concluded his First Studies at Fordham University in New York and will begin Regency working at the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales (Arizona and Mexico).

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