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On June 8, three members of the Jesuits West Province will be ordained to the priesthood. Joseph N. Dickan, SJ, Raymond A. Parcon, SJ, and Michael J. Tedone, SJ, will be ordained at Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles at 10 a.m. PDT; the Mass will be livestreamed.

These three Jesuits been have preparing for this moment for upwards of a decade. We invite you to get to know them below.

Joseph Dickan, SJ, from Long Beach, California, earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles. During college, he read the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and participated in an ecumenical prayer group, both of which were instrumental in his faith development. After graduation, he worked for a year in advancement at a Catholic high school before joining the Jesuits.

During his formation, Dickan taught math at Bellarmine College Preparatory School in San Jose, California, for two years. He then went to Beirut, Lebanon, where he studied the Maronite liturgy at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and Arabic at the Saifi Institute for Arabic Language. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Boston College Clough School of Theology and Ministry, where he will pursue a Licentiate in Sacred Theology after ordination.

Joseph Dickan, SJ, after being ordained to the diaconate in October 2023 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

“My greatest joy as a Jesuit has been accompanying friends and family in this life,” says Dickan. “I’ve found that there is often this profound trust in our relationships because they know that we’re there not only as friends or as a son or as a cousin, but also as ministers of Christ and the Church. And so being able to be there for the baptism of a friend’s child or to pray with people through both the joyful and the challenging times, that’s been a very consoling gift for me. It always reminds me why I became a Jesuit.”

Born and raised in the Philippines, Raymond Parcon, SJ, met the Jesuits while studying at Ateneo de Davao University for his mechanical engineering degree as an undergrad. After college, he served briefly in local politics and then went to the United States for graduate studies in software engineering at National University. After working in sales engineering for a few years, he went back to school to pursue graduate studies in cyber security at National University before joining the Jesuits.

Parcon accompanied Yu’pik communities in Alaska, volunteered as a hospital chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and worked as a prison chaplain at San Quentin State Prison during his formation. After ordination, he will spend a month working with Jesuit Refugee Service Europe in Brussels, Belgium, and then head to Georgetown University to pursue a master’s degree in international migration and refugees.

Raymond Parcon, SJ (right), and Fr. Derek Vo, SJ, prepare to minister inside San Quentin State Prison.

“Even though my work and educational background before entering the Society of Jesus was in the tech industry, I ended up doing ministries serving the poorest of the poor,” says Parcon. “I couldn’t be more at peace and joyful with my Jesuit vocation and what I am doing now, and I also hope to be a loving, caring and humble priest after ordination serving the poor.”

Mike Tedone, SJ, grew up in Orange County, California, and began his vocational journey through his high school youth group and his sophomore history teacher who encouraged theological investigation. At Marquette University in Milwaukee, he completed a bachelor’s degree in theology and secondary education, which he immediately put to use at Xavier High School in Micronesia through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He then completed a master’s degree in religious education at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry before entering the Jesuits.

During his formation, Tedone taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade religion for two years at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools in San Jose, California. He spent one year as director of young adult ministry at St. Aloysius Parish in Spokane, Washington, and as a spiritual director with Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) Spokane. While completing his Master of Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, he also did field work at Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School and St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland. After ordination, he will join the faculty at Cristo Rey High School Sacramento, serving in the classroom and sacramental ministry.

Mike Tedone, SJ, during a summer preached retreat at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Missoula, Montana, in July 2017

“Since entering the Society, my spirituality has become more centered on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Spirit,” says Tedone. “I credit this to my experience of both making and sharing the Spiritual Exercises and feeling called to recognize Jesus as brother and Lord who has sent the Church on mission with the Spirit. This has also meant an ever-deepening understanding in what it means to see the face of Christ in the eyes of others.”

To view a video about Mike’s life, vocation and hopes for his ministry as a priest, click here.