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After two years of learning to live, serve and pray as Jesuit novices, MacLean Andrews, nSJ, and Alvaro Pacheco Jr., nSJ, will profess first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on Saturday, August 10, 2024, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

As Jesuit novices, Andrews and Pacheco have spent the past two years at the Jesuits West novitiate in Culver City, California, learning about the Society of Jesus, participating in local ministries and living in community. They also performed community service and completed the 30-day Spiritual Exercises retreat.

Before entering the novitiate, Andrews graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane and earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He taught history and was a speech and debate coach at Gonzaga Prep, where his discernment process with the Jesuits began. In 2019, he took a pilgrimage in China following the route of Matteo Ricci, SJ, from Macau to Beijing; it was on this trip that he decided to apply to the Society.

Pacheco received a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a Spanish-language press secretary for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and as deputy press secretary for former Congressman Xavier Becerra. He was co-coordinator of the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and volunteered as an interpreter for pro bono immigration attorneys before entering the novitiate.

Please join us for the livestream of the Mass on August 10 at 10 a.m. PDT.