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Groups: 2019 New Novices

Jacob Jones

Jacob, 31, earned an associate degree in culinary arts and management and a bachelor’s in English and psychology at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He was received into the Catholic Church in 2011. Jacob taught for three years at Lincoln International Academy in Managua, Nicaragua, while earning a master’s in education from Framingham State …

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Benjamin Jansen

Ben, 34, studied Japanese at the University of Hawaii and Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, before working in hotel management in Waikiki. He returned to his science roots and worked in a biomedical engineering lab before completing preclinical studies at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Ben spent the past two years working as a …

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Ronald Francis Jacobs

RJ, 31, graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s in chemistry and a master’s in secondary education in 2011 and a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2018. He was a high school science teacher for four years, a math and science summer camp teacher for three summers and a pharmacy intern at a community hospital …

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David Herr

David, 25, grew up on a farm outside of Fontanelle, Iowa. He studied psychology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was introduced to the Society of Jesus and became familiar with Ignatian spirituality. He studied clinical psychology at Missouri State University and after graduation worked as a therapist and couples counselor. David has …

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Thomas Doran

Thomas, 22, was first exposed to the Society of Jesus at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha where he ran track and cross-country. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a major in theology and minors in philosophy, Catholic social tradition and Italian. There, he participated in the Rome International Scholars Program, which allowed …

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Giovanni Díaz Jiménez

Giovanni, 28, completed a bachelor’s in philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome and continued theological studies at the University of Navarra in Spain. He was the pastoral director and a teacher of ethics and religion at the San Juan Bosco Salesian College in Cantera, San Juan, Puerto Rico, while working toward a …

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Nathaniel Cortas

Nate, 22, is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky (UK), where he studied as a Gaines Fellow in the Humanities and earned a degree in English and music. While at UK, he worked as an editorial assistant for an academic journal, performed with the university’s wind symphony and men’s chorus and was involved …

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Lucson Celestin

Lucson, 21, graduated from the National High School of Cité Soleil in Haiti in July 2017. He attended the Congregational School Dominique Savio, Eugène de Mazenod College in Plaine du Cul-de-Sac, and the Cultural Center of Saint Vincent de Paul in Cité Soleil, where he also worked as a biology teacher. He was vice president …

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Christopher Castaneda

Chris, 34, earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, California. He earned his professional engineering license in California and has worked as a design engineer for the past 12 years in California’s Inland Empire, specializing in stormwater and water quality. He served as a sacristan and was involved in the …

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Brian Burtka

Brian, 21, graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy in 2016. While at U of D Jesuit he became acquainted with the Jesuits and began to discern God’s call. He attended Michigan Technological University where he graduated with a bachelor’s in chemistry in 2018. After graduation, Brian spent a semester as …

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