Become a Jesuit

The Jesuits West Province’s robust vocation team is made of up of eight Jesuits, led by director Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ. Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ, serves as a full-time promoter based in Los Angeles, and six other Jesuits serve as part-time promoters spread out across the Province. Meet the vocation team below.

Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ
Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ
Director
Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ
Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ

Director

Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ, is the Director of Vocations for the USA West province. He is originally from Valparaiso, Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University. He was an award winning actor in Los Angeles, appearing on film, TV, and stage before entering the Jesuits in 2001. Fr. Radmar now uses his acting skills to witness to his faith and calling as a Jesuit priest. Prior to his ordination in 2011, he chronicled his path to priesthood in a series of YouTube videos, before serving as the vocation promoter for the former California Province. He later returned to Hollywood for a few years when he was missioned to be a full-time actor once again. Most recently, he served as the associate chaplain for the students at Boise State University and coordinator for FirePit Ministry, an inter-parish, post-college, young adult ministry in Boise, Idaho. He is a seasoned spiritual director who is passionate about Ignatian Spirituality and ministering to young adults in their 20’s and 30’s, especially with Christus Ministries. Fr. Radmar recently completed the final stage of Jesuit formation called tertianship in Salamanca, Spain, and is excited to call the LMU Jesuit Community home for the next few years. During his free time, he enjoys CrossFit, hiking, cooking, baking, watching movies, good conversations, and people who make him laugh. (UWEVocationDirector@jesuits.org)

Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ
Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ
Promoter
Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ
Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ

Promoter

Fr. Julian Climaco, SJ, is the Vocation Promoter of the USA West province and the regional promoter of the Southern California/Arizona region. He previously served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Seattle and spent a year abroad in the Philippines completing his Tertianship, the final stage of formation for Jesuits. Prior to being ordained a priest, Fr. Climaco taught theology and music at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. He also volunteered at a Bay Area public health clinic for undocumented immigrants and worked with college students at Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. A classically trained pianist, Fr. Climaco is currently pursuing graduate studies in music and music education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. (UWEVocations@jesuits.org)

Mr. Kyle Baker, SJ
Regional Promoter
Bosie, Idaho
Mr. Kyle Baker, SJ

Regional Promoter

Mr. Kyle Baker, SJ, serves as one the part-time regional promoters of the Mountain West region of the USA West province. He is originally from Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and is currently a Jesuit in formation missioned as a campus minister for the Catholic Student Center of Boise State University. After high school, Kyle attended Carroll College in Montanta, where he had a “God awareness moment” that compelled him to go through the RCIA program, eventually entering the Catholic Church in 2006. Since becoming a Jesuit, he has worked in restorative justice, education, campus ministry, homeless services, refugee accompaniment, and more. He like running, skiing, eating tacos, drinking coffee, and a lot of good old fashioned hanging out. (kbaker2@jesuits.org)

Bosie, Idaho
Fr. Greg Celio, SJ
Regional Promoter
Seattle
Fr. Greg Celio, SJ

Regional Promoter

Fr. Greg Celio, SJ, serves as one of the part-time regional promoters for the Northwest region of the USA West province.  He recently completed his theology studies at Regis College of the University of Toronto and was ordained to the priesthood this past July.  In addition to being a regional promoter, Fr. Greg teaches and serves as a campus minister at Seattle Preparatory School.  Fr. Greg discerned his way to the Jesuits while teaching in Catholic schools. As a Jesuit, he has enjoyed living in Mexico and Canada and considers relationships among diverse people to be one of the greatest gifts he’s received. (gcelio@jesuits.org)

Seattle
Fr. Andrew Laguna, SJ
Regional Promoter
South Bay, California
Fr. Andrew Laguna, SJ

Regional Promoter

Fr. Andrew Laguna, SJ, serves as one of the part-time regional promoters for the Northern California region of the USA West province. He was ordained in June 2019. After ordination, he served at a Jesuit parish in Tabasco, Mexico for several months before starting his current assignment as an associate pastor at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose. As an undergrad at the University of California, Irvine, Fr. Laguna was a pre-med biology major, but during his senior year he realized that he did not want to be a doctor. He began considering a vocation to the priesthood when he realized that the greatest source of joy and fulfillment in his life came from retreat ministry to Confirmation students at his home parish of St. Paul the Apostle in Chino Hills. He learned more about Ignatian spirituality and the Society of Jesus through a single Jesuit priest missioned to serve the Catholic community at UC Irvine. He is looking forward to accompanying the people of God at Most Holy Trinity and continuing to grow in his priesthood. (alaguna@jesuits.org)

South Bay, California
Fr. Francis Nguyen, SJ
Regional Promoter
South Bay, California
Fr. Francis Nguyen, SJ

Regional Promoter

Fr. Francis Nguyen, SJ, serves as one of the part-time regional promoters in the Northern California region of the USA West Province. He was ordained in June 2019 and now serves as an associate pastor at Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose. Fr. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and immigrated with his family to Seattle when he was 6. His desire to join the Jesuits was inspired by the lives of the Vietnamese Martyrs, the love of his grandfather and the joy of the Jesuits in the Seattle University community. His Jesuit formation included giving retreats through the Ignatian Spirituality Project for people experiencing homelessness in Chicago and teaching math and theology and working in campus ministry at Seattle Prep. (fnguyen@jesuits.org)

South Bay, California
Fr. Matthew Pyrć, SJ
Fr. Matthew Pyrć, SJ
Regional Promoter
Seattle
Fr. Matthew Pyrć, SJ
Fr. Matthew Pyrć, SJ

Regional Promoter

Fr. Matthew Pyrć, SJ, serves as one of the part-time regional promoters for the Northwest region of the USA West province and is the Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Seattle. He recently completed his tertianship in South Africa. Before entering the Society in 2006, he worked for 10 years with the Spokane Public School System on a dropout prevention program for underserved youth. Since becoming a Jesuit, Fr. Pyrć has worked in campus ministry at Seattle University, taught Theology and was the director of liturgy at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. He also has several years experience of being a Spiritual Director, assisting people in their vocational discernment and giving Ignatian retreats. When he is not working or meeting with people you may find Fr. Pyrć riding his bike, kayaking, or laughing at memes. A great grace in Fr. Pyrć's Jesuit vocation has been discovering how the Spirit of God is working and how to recognize it. (mpyrc@jesuits.org)

Seattle
Fr. Manh Tran, SJ
Regional Promoter
Boise, Idaho
Fr. Manh Tran, SJ

Regional Promoter

Fr. Manh Tran, SJ, serves as one the part-time regional promoters of the Mountain West region of the USA West province. He migrated to the US from Vietnam when he was fourteen. Since then he lived in Southern California until joining the Jesuits in 1993. After being ordained in 2004, he has worked in campus ministry for three different universities – Loyola Marymount University, Santa Clara University, and the Newman Center at UC San Diego. In all three places, his main ministry was to serve and form disciples for Christ through Christian Life Communities (CLC’s). He enjoys jogging, hiking, biking, playing guitar, hanging out with friends, and watching movies. (mtran@jesuits.org)

Boise, Idaho

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