Become a Jesuit

After active ministry as a regent, Jesuits begin a period of focused theology studies. In the United States, these are the studies that lead to the Master of Divinity degree for scholastics in priestly preparation. The brothers usually work toward a Master’s degree in theological or religious studies.

The vast majority of Jesuits in the United States spend these years at either Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry or the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) in Berkeley, California, now affiliated with Santa Clara University. Some may be sent to schools outside the United States. Along the way, those on the priestly track are ordained as transitional deacons, before ending this stage with their ordination to the priesthood.

James Antonio, SJ

Seattle, Washington

James Antonio, SJ

Seattle, Washington

James earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Society he spent two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, first assigned to the Nashville, Tennessee community, and then to a community in Portland, Oregon working with Operation Nightwatch, a hospitality center for people on the street. He completed his First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri. He performed his Regency working at Seattle Preparatory School for two years and then as a full-time student of Spanish at University of Guadalajara in Mexico. He is beginning his Theology studies at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Xavier Benavides, SJ

San Antonio, Texas

Xavier Benavides, SJ

San Antonio, Texas

Xavier graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. After graduation he served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in South Carolina, worked with homeless youth in Seattle, and coordinated social activism with Oxfam America. He earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, and post-graduation worked for Amazon. Xavier completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago and performed his Regency as a campus minister and teacher of math at Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento, California. He is currently studying theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Timothy Breen, SJ

Los Angeles, California

Timothy Breen, SJ

Los Angeles, California

Timothy graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles where he worked in Campus Ministry in addition to assisting with young adult ministry and confirmation preparation at his parish. He went on to study theology and Spanish at Loyola University Chicago for a year before entering the Society. He completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago and performed his Regency as a teacher of Spanish at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington. Currently he is studying Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

John Guyol, SJ

St. Louis, Missouri

John Guyol, SJ

St. Louis, Missouri

John studied theology and religious studies at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Jesuits, he worked in the coffee industry and spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working in Montana as a youth and music minister. John completed his First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri. He went on to perform his Regency as a teacher of theology at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon and worked at an apostolate in Cameroon, Africa. Currently he is studying theology at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

Joseph Kraemer, SJ

Richmond, Indiana

Joseph Kraemer, SJ

Richmond, Indiana

Joseph received his bachelor's in English from Hillsdale College in Michigan. Before entering the Society he had a variety of jobs in the arts including oversight of the Playwrights Program while serving as the literary manager for The Julliard School's drama division, creative director for Estevez Sheen Productions at Warner Bros., and as an independent writing coach and teacher. His volunteer work included teaching CCD, helping at a homeless shelter, and serving as a big brother. Joseph completed his First Studies at Fordham University in New York and performed his Regency working in the Jesuits West Advancement Office. Currently he is studying Theology at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

Jack Krouse, SJ

San Jose, California

Jack Krouse, SJ

San Jose, California

Jack graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California and received a bachelor's degree in English history and literature from Harvard University. Prior to entering the Society, he worked for the White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Jack has walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail from France to Spain. Jack completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He later performed his Regency as a teacher of theology at Loyola High School in Los Angeles before moving on to Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose, California. Currently he is studying theology at Centre Sèvres in Paris, France.

Mike Manalastas, SJ

Thousand Oaks, California

Mike Manalastas, SJ

Thousand Oaks, California

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a CPA until taking time off to travel extensively, including pilgrimages to the Holy Land and El Camino de Santiago. Prior to entering the Society, he was actively involved at St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco and volunteered as a basketball coach and confirmation teacher at an inner-city school. Mike attended St. Louis University in Missouri for First Studies and performed his Regency as a teacher of religion at Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California. Currently he is studying Theology at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain.

Brad Mills, SJ

San Jose, California

Brad Mills, SJ

San Jose, California

Brad graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California and earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science and psychology from Santa Clara University in California. As a Jesuit Volunteer, he spent three years as a teacher and counselor in Peru and Bolivia. Brad completed his First Studies at St. Louis University in Missouri and performed his Regency as a teacher of Spanish and science at Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose, California. He is currently studying theology at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.

Daniel Nevares, SJ

Houston, Texas

Daniel Nevares, SJ

Houston, Texas

Daniel is a graduate of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston and received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station. While teaching fifth graders at an elementary school in Greater Phoenix, he earned a master's in education from Arizona State University in Tucson. Daniel has been to Nepal, Turkey, Chile and China, the latter being when he was an Aggie teaching at Shanghai Children's Discovery Museum. He attended St. Louis University in Missouri for First Studies and performed his Regency as a teacher of history at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington. Currently he is studying Theology at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

Eddie Ngo, SJ

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Eddie Ngo, SJ

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Eddie earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Dallas and completed graduate studies at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. Prior to entering the Society and having long been active in the Christian Life Community, he worked as a family physician and took part in medical mission trips to Ethiopia and Peru. Eddie completed his First Studies at ITESO (Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education) - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara in Mexico and completed his Regency as the Immersion Program Director at Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University in California. He is currently studying Theology at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

Martin Ngo, SJ

Westminster, California

Martin Ngo, SJ

Westminster, California

Martin earned a bachelor's degree in information and computer science from the University of California, Irvine. Post-graduation he worked as a systems analyst for the City Clerk's Office in Los Angeles. He completed his First Studies at Loyola University Chicago and performed his Regency at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. He is currently studying theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Lucas Sharma, SJ

Olympia, Washington

Lucas Sharma, SJ

Olympia, Washington

Lucas graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington with a BA in sociology and economics and an MA in sociology from Loyola University Chicago. In between his academic studies, Lucas served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Washington, DC. He has also been a volunteer in homeless shelters in the US, as well as in Florence, Italy, while a student at Gonzaga. Lucas completed his First Studies at Fordham University in New York and performed his Regency as a lecturer in sociology at Seattle University in Washington. Currently he is studying theology at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

Matthew Yim, SJ

Honolulu, Hawaii

Matthew Yim, SJ

Honolulu, Hawaii

Matthew earned a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and English literature from Oberlin College in Ohio and a master's degree in library and information sciences from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in Honolulu. After receiving his certification to teach ESL he spent two years teaching English at a university in rural China. Prior to entering the Society, he worked as a librarian at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. Matthew completed his First Studies at Fordham University in New York and performed his Regency as a teacher of philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He is currently studying Theology at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

Simon Zachary, SJ

Glendale, Arizona

Simon Zachary, SJ

Glendale, Arizona

Simon graduated from Brophy College Preparatory School in Phoenix and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Prior to entering the Society, he worked for Microsoft's advertising division in operations and account management and he taught citizenship/ESL classes to East African refugees for 5-years. Simon completed his First Studies at Fordham University in New York. He performed his Regency as a social studies teacher at Brophy College Preparatory School. He is beginning his Theology studies at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara in Berkeley, California.

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