About the 2022 Midwest Jesuit Ordinands
Aaron A. Bohr, SJ, completed three years of theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, before his ordination. Prior to becoming a Jesuit, he taught Chinese and world history at his high school alma mater, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, in St. Paul, Minnesota. In his free time, Bohr enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano, and walking in the Berkeley Hills in California. Aaron comes from a multicultural family. His mother is ethnically Chinese from Jamaica, West Indies, and his father is of British and German descent. Because of his multicultural upbringing, he has been drawn to learn about other religions and cultures. He sees his ministry as a way of building bridges between different communities and traditions. Bohr’s motto as a Jesuit is: “Put out into the deep” (Luke 5:4). He sees his Jesuit vocation as deepening his baptismal call of discipleship and having a contemplative stance toward life to put out into the deep. Throughout his Jesuit formation, Bohr has been involved in school ministry. He taught and worked with the corporate work study program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School – Twin Cities, where he was also involved in campus ministry. Bohr sees his calling and ministry as a Jesuit as deepening his teaching vocation.
Matthew E. Donovan, SJ, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He met the Jesuits at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (class of 2001), where he first encountered the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He went to Loyola University Chicago where he majored in history and was active in campus ministry and other Christian organizations, residence life, and Greek life as a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Donovan entered the Society of Jesus in 2011. He completed his first two years of Jesuit formation at the novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he worked at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School – Twin Cities, served as a chaplain at the Ramsey County Jail, and assisted at a local parish. After taking first vows in 2013, Donovan continued his Jesuit formation at Saint Louis University, where he studied philosophy. In St. Louis, he assisted with ministry to the homebound at a local Jesuit parish, volunteered with Labre Homeless Ministries, and facilitated a Christian Life Community faith group. Donovan then completed his regency at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he taught in the history department for three years. While there, he served as a chaplain to the Father’s Club, led student retreats, assisted with Taizé prayer services, accompanied a service trip to Louisville, Kentucky, and served as faculty advisor for the Senior Senate. In 2019, Donovan moved on to Boston College, where he completed his theological studies in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. Most recently, he has been serving as a deacon and teaching RCIA at Saint Columbkille Catholic Parish in Brighton, Massachusetts, and working in Kairos retreat ministry at Boston College.