Newcomers '02
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Every year men who decide to become Jesuits enter novitiates across the country for two years of work, study, and reflection. Here are pictures and short biographies of the 56 Newcomers who joined the Society of Jesus this fall.

Joseph Adair

Joseph Adair
Cleveland
Joe, 25, is a graduate of John Carroll University with a BA in English. He attended Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland and was a postulant for the Capuchin Franciscans. He was a chaplain for the Apostleship of the Sea, serving sailors and merchant mariners in Philadelphia ports. He has traveled through Europe, Northern Africa, Mexico, and most recently Alaska. (Detroit Province)


Luis BLanco Doring

Luis Blanco-Döring
Veracruz City, Mexico
Luis, 39, received degrees in computers and business from Universidad Cristobal Colon in Veracruz and certification in computer graphics from UCLA. He has worked as a software engineer and has volunteered with several AIDS organizations. Cultivating orchids, clay sculpting, and yoga are just a few of his interests; he has traveled to a wide range of places including Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and Hungary. (New Orleans Province)


Ben Bocher

Benjamin Bocher
Watertown, Wis.
Ben, 21, studied civil and environmental engineering at Marquette University, where he also ran track and cross country. He worked as a summer technician for the City of Watertown, where he surveyed city streets. At his parish, he was a eucharistic minister, usher, and religious education instructor. He spent a month last summer backpacking through Europe with his brother. (Wisconsin Province)


Waldo Carrasco

Waldo Carrasco
San Diego
Waldo, 37, attended Miami-Dade Community College and served in the Marine Corps for four years. He has worked as an e-commerce project manager and as managing director of a theater company. He served as a mentor with the Boys and Girls Club, a tutor at Nativity School in New York, and a performer in a theater group at a children’s hospital. He also volunteered at St. Ignatius Church in Brooklyn. (New York Province)


Richard Charpentier

Richard Charpentier
Winnipeg
Richard, 23, studied history at the University of Winnipeg. This past year he worked as a production assistant at a packaging company and was a member of his parish’s RCIA team. Playing the harmonica and guitar, walking, and listening to Celtic and classical music are among his hobbies. He has an interest in Irish literature and the history of the Society. (Upper Canada Province)


Robert Dailey

Robert Dailey, CFX
Winchester, Mass.
Rob, 50, is a Xaverian brother who was a headmaster and teacher in Kenya for 18 years. He has a bachelor’s in history from Boston College and a master’s in psychology and counseling from Suffolk University. He has also studied for two years at Weston Jesuit School of Theology; hiking, jogging, and cinema are a few of the activities he enjoys in his spare time. (New England Province)


Francisco Diaz

Francisco Javier Diaz
San Jose, Costa Rica
Javier, 28, has an MD from the University of Costa Rica. In San Jose he focused on primary care and health promotion, and in Guadalajara, Mexico, he worked for nine months with street gangs. He also worked with Catholic groups in Costa Rica. He hopes to combine his medical training with Jesuit ministry to poor people, especially urban street youth. He enjoys camping and calisthenics. (Oregon Province)


Keith DiFiore

Keith DiFiore
Plainfield, N.J.
Keith 30, with a BA in business administration from the University of Delaware, worked in management and sales at several companies and planned activities at the Jesuit Family Retreat Program in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. As a volunteer he has taught Sunday school, served at a soup kitchen, and done AIDS ministry. He likes to travel, snow and water ski, and read. (New York Province)


Miguel Dimayug

Miguel Dimayug
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Mike, 32, graduated from Xavier High in the Philippines and has degrees in computer engineering and physics from Ateneo de Manila University. He helped design and manage one of the Philippines’ largest internet service providers. He loves music, and he volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity sisters in their work with AIDS patients. When not glued to a computer, he enjoys hiking or biking. (New Orleans Province)


Christopher Duffy

Christopher Duffy
Rome, N.Y.
Chris, 39, has a BA in computer and electrical engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He was CEO of a company that develops and markets accounting software and accounts director for a communication and semiconductor company. He has also served as a CCD teacher, eucharistic minister, lector, and parish council member. (California Province)


Paul Dwyer

P. Grant Dwyer
Rochester, N.Y.
Grant, 27, attended McQuaid Jesuit High in New York. He has BAs in philosophy and theology from the University of Notre Dame and received an MA in education and social work from Columbia University. He taught theology at high schools in New York City. He has traveled to Ireland and Cuba. Writing, college football, horse racing, and boxing are some of his interests. (New York Province)


Matt Farley

Matthew Farley
Santa Fe, N.Mex.
Matt, 26, who graduated from Jesuit High in Sacramento, has a BA in English from Stanford University and an MTS in the history of Christianity from the University of Notre Dame. As a Jesuit Volunteer at Loyola High in Detroit, he taught Spanish and coached track. This past summer he did a pilgrimage walking 500 miles across Spain to Compostela, where the relics of St. James are said to be buried. (California Province)


Joselito Fornier

Joselito Fornier
Manila, Philippines
Jojo, 37, has a BS in education from the University of Saint Thomas in Manila, an MA in history from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in history from Northern Illinois University. He taught at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University, the University of Manitoba, and St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. He has traveled across the United States and Canada and is an aikido and tai chi practitioner. (Upper Canada Province)


Daniel Forsythe

Daniel Forsythe
Cleveland
Dan, 26, graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and received a bachelor’s in public communications from Syracuse University. He has worked as a production assistant for various news agencies including MSNBC and has completed a year of law school at the University of Akron. He is involved with the pro-life movement and has been a crisis-pregnancy counselor at Birthright. (Detroit Province)


Joseph Frias

Joseph Frias
San Francisco
Joe, 23, studied liberal arts and Spanish at San Francisco State. He has picked grapes, tilled the land, and done various other tasks at a family vineyard since childhood. For the past two years he has worked as a switchboard operator and sacristan at St. Agnes Church in San Francisco. His hobbies include running, soccer, gardening, cooking, and watching major sporting events. (California Province)


Patrick Gigler

Patrick Gilger
St. Cloud, Minn.
Paddy, 22, with a bachelor’s in philosophy from Creighton University, did an internship in the university’s marketing and admissions office. He has also worked as a waiter and a paperboy. He volunteered with an after-school program in Omaha and took an immersion trip to El Salvador. Soccer, reading, fantasy sports, and ultimate frisbee are activities he enjoys in his free time. (Wisconsin Province)


James Hannibal

James Hannibal
La Mesa, Calif.
James, 26, studied liberal arts at Cuyamaca College in California. His past jobs have included being a pasta chef, a veterinary assistant, a store clerk, a delivery driver, and an apprentice carpenter. He played guitar and wrote songs for a band, and he loves fishing, both in fresh and salt water. He is a member of the Charismatic Renewal and draws encouragement from the writings of John of the Cross. (California Province)


Joseph Hoover

Joseph Hoover
Omaha
Joe, 30, graduated from Creighton Prep in Omaha and has degrees in journalism and political science from Marquette University. He has worked as an actor and playwright, a dishwasher, a theater teacher, and a journalist. He was also an organizer for ACORN, a community organization of low- and moderate-income families. He is a cross-bow hunter and a wrestling and NASCAR enthusiast. (Wisconsin Province)


Patrick Hough

Patrick Hough
Lancashire, England
Patrick, 28, has a bachelor’s in geography from Leeds University and a theology degree from the Gregorian University. He lived in Australia for a year, where he worked as an assistant teacher at St. Ignatius College in Sydney. He has an interest in music and was an organ scholar for two years at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Leeds. He volunteered at a children’s summer camp in Belfast and enjoys rugby and rowing. (New Orleans Province)


Michael Jacko

Michael Jacko
Pittsburgh
Mike, 22, with degrees in psychology and theology from Saint Joseph’s University, taught English for a summer program at Xavier High School in New York City. He has made several trips to build homes in rural Appalachia, and he tutored students at Holy Name School in Camden. He spent a month driving across the country and likes to ski, golf, play guitar, and take photographs. (Maryland Province)


Fancis Jibke

Francis Jibke
Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
Francis, 25, graduated from Xavier High School in Micronesia, studied at the College of the Marshall Islands, and majored in history for three years at the University of Guam, where he lived at the St. Ignatius House of Studies. His family owns two general stores, which he worked at for three years. During summers, he volunteered teaching students basic math skills. His favorite sport is basketball. (New York Province)


Buzz Johnstone

Francis Johnstone
Chicago
Buzz, 35, graduated from Marquette University with a BA in English. After volunteering with JVC Seattle and Boys Hope, he spent much of the last twelve years doing youth ministry or social service work with the homeless. He also managed a campaign for a state representative candidate and worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He competes in triathlons and recently began learning guitar. (Chicago Province)


Wayne Kattner

Wayne Kattner
Manitowoc, Wis.
Wayne, 39, has a BA in political science with a minor in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For the past nine years he has worked as a circulation manager with Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He enjoys following politics and served as a lector at his parish. In his spare time he reads literature and biographies, listens to music, and runs. (California Province)


James Keane

James Keane
Los Angeles
James, 28, graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles and has a BA in classics and philosophy from Loyola Marymount University. He has experience in public relations, journalism, and copy editing; his biography of a Los Angeles developer was published in 2001. He also has an interest in writing fiction and screenplays, and he has served as a writing tutor at Verbum Dei High in Watts. (California Province)


Dan Kelly

Daniel Kelly
Shawville, Quebec
Daniel, 36, received a bachelor’s in theology from St. Paul’s University and did graduate theological studies at Dominican College. He has managed a pro shop at a golf course, worked at a pulp and paper mill, and clerked at a grocery store. He volunteered at a local recreational center and at a detention center in Ottawa. Some of his hobbies include alpine skiing, chess, and baseball. (Upper Canada Province)


Robert King

Robert King
Albany, N.Y.
Bobby, 25, has a BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross and an MA in education from the University of Notre Dame. He taught fourth grade, coached basketball, and was student council moderator at a Catholic school in Nashville. He was a camp counselor at Vanderbilt University’s basketball camp and a congressional intern for Gerald Solomon during college. He likes to jog, golf, and listen to music. (New England Province)


Matthew Kunkel

Matthew Kunkel
Bremerton, Wash.
Matthew, 22, is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a BA in Latin American international studies and a minor in Spanish. For the last two years of college he worked on the Crisis Line at Spokane Mental Health. Singing, reading history, and swimming are some of his favorite leisure activities. He finds higher education and ministry in Latin America the most interesting Jesuit ministries. (Oregon Province)


Michael Magree

Michael Magree
Columbus
Michael, 24, has a BA in philosophy and classics from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an MA in classics from Ohio State University, where he was a teaching assistant. He has years of experience as a house painter and has attended World Youth Days in Toronto, Rome, Paris, and Denver. He helped out with a children’s choir and enjoys performing choral music with his family and parish. (Maryland Province)


Matthew Malone

Matthew Malone
Cape Cod, Mass.
Matt, 30, with a BA in history from the University of Massachusetts, has been deputy director of a Massachusetts public policy research institute. For two years he was chief speech writer and an assistant to U.S. Rep. Martin Meehan. He volunteered at the Jesuit Urban Center in Boston and studied at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He has traveled to Cuba as part of a cultural exchange program. (New England Province)


Michael McGovern

Fr. Michael McGovern
Chicago
Mike, 38, after graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep and Loyola University Chicago, entered the seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. He has served in various parishes in the Chicago archdiocese and, most recently, acted as the archbishop’s delegate for international priests. When not involved in priestly duties, he goes to movies, travels, and haunts used book stores. (Chicago Province)


Joel Medina

Joel Medina
Detroit
Joel, 47, has a BS in nursing from Wayne State University and is completing an MTS from Regis College in Toronto. He worked as an RN for over 20 years at the University of Michigan Hospital. As a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Detroit, he served as a representative to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. His travels include an art history tour of Italy and an Ignatian pilgrimage to Spain. (Detroit Province)


Casey Metcalf

Casey Metcalf
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Casey, 30, earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Louisiana State University and a master’s in pastoral studies from Loyola University New Orleans and taught theology at Jesuit High in New Orleans. He has studied Spanish in Guatemala and has served the elderly and homeless with the Brothers of Sacred Heart in Rhode Island. He likes to play tennis, jog, travel, and read at coffee shops. (New Orleans Province)


Antonio Miranda

Antonio Miranda
Los Angeles
Tony, 22, has a bachelor’s degree in theology and a minor in philosophy from Loyola Marymount University. At YMCA summer camps he was a counselor, coach, and referee, and he taught catechism for two years at his parish, St. Joseph in La Puente. He loves sports and cheers on the Raiders, the Lakers, and the Dodgers. He also enjoys weight lifting and watching wrestling. (California Province)


Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell
Surrey, England
Ian, 33, with degrees in history and archaeology from the University of Virginia, was an editorial assistant at National Geographic. He was ministries coordinator at St. Ignatius Church and St. Francis Xavier House of Prayer in Baltimore. For archaeological excavations, he has traveled to Scotland, France, and Italy. He worked with a village reconstruction organization in India. (Maryland Province)


Raul Navarro

Raul Navarro
Mexico City
Ragu, 43, has a BS in geology, an MS in education, and an MBA from Loyola University New Orleans. He managed mail operations at Tulane University and worked as an accountant at Loyola. He plays racquetball and likes cooking gourmet foods and meeting new people. He was a Boy Scout counselor and a member of the Bread for the World chapter in New Orleans. (New Orleans Province)


Dominic Nguyen

Dominic Nguyen
Saigon, Vietnam
Dominic, 44, with a degree in computer engineering from the University of Southeastern Louisiana, likes to do martial arts and listen to classical music. He helped set up and train staff for Apple computer repair centers in such countries as Japan, Argentina, and Singapore. He is a member of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society and is involved with the Houston Vietnamese Catholic community. (New Orleans Province)


Tuan Nguyen

Tuan Nguyen
Seattle
Tuan, 28, is the ninth of ten children. He came to the United States in 1989 from the Philippines and graduated from Renton Technical College in 1998; since then he has worked as a machinist for Boeing. He is attracted to Jesuit ministry to the poor, especially social justice works, and to spiritual ministries. He exercises by walking and playing basketball. (Oregon Province)


Kevin O'Donnell

Kevin O’Donnell
Edison, N.J.
Kevin, 30, has a BA in history and political science and an MA in education from Rutgers University. He taught math and social studies to junior high students in New Jersey and spent two years in Poland teaching English. Working with the Jesuit Refugee Service, he taught English to detained asylum seekers, and he volunteered as an RCIA coordinator. He studies languages, especially Russian, Polish, and Danish. (New York Province)


Jaime Olayo

Jaime Olayo
Mexico City
Jamie, 32, has a BA in philosophy from the Pontifical University of Mexico and a degree in communications from Universidad Iberoamericana. He has worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and most recently as a management chief for the New Zealand Milk corporate offices in Mexico City. His favorite pastimes include going to movies and visiting museums. (Oregon Province)


Nelson Palacio

Nelson Palacio
Tolima, Colombia
Nelson, 34, received a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and a master’s in economics from the National University of Colombia; he has also pursued theology studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. As an analyst engineer, he was in charge of continuity in supplying electricity for Bogota. He sang in a band and in a choir, and he has volunteered serving the homeless in Ottawa. (Upper Canada Province)


Hermenegildo Potestades

Hermenegildo Potestades
Quezon, Philippines
Jun, 41, has a BS in nursing from San Juan de Dios College and certification in pastoral and family ministry and chemical dependency counseling from Loyola Marymount University. He worked as a nurse in the operating, delivery, and recovery rooms at hospitals in the Philippines, New York, and California. He also volunteered as a chemical dependency counselor in California. (California Province)


Eric Ramirez

Eric Ramírez
San Angelo, Tex.
Eric, 22, has bachelor’s degrees in English and communications from Angelo State University in Texas. He worked as assistant to the requisitions librarian at his college, where he ordered books and did web layout and design. He took part in the World Youth Day in Toronto and was president of his school’s Newman Center. Reading, writing, walking, and singing are some of his favorite activities. (New Orleans Province)


Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers
Hartford, Conn.
Mike, 21, has a bachelor’s in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross, where he served as a resident assistant and was a Christian music DJ at the college radio station. He was an economic development intern for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and an Appalachia Service Project leader at Holy Cross. He enjoys surfing, playing tennis, and reading. (New England Province)


Gerard Ryan

Gerard Ryan
Tipperary, Ireland
Gerard, 26, attended St. Patrick’s College in Ireland where he took two years of philosophy and completed two years of his theology degree. He was house manager at a L’Arche Daybreak community in Ontario and also sat on the L’Arche Daybreak interfaith committee. Some of his interests include running, hurling, soccer, and rock climbing; he reads a lot of Irish history and politics. (Upper Canada Province)


Christopher Schroeder

Christopher Schroeder
St. Louis
Chris, 21, graduated from De Smet Jesuit High in St. Louis and has completed two years at Saint Louis University where he studied English and philosophy. He caddied at a country club during high school and taught art to disadvantaged middle schoolers at a summer enrichment program in Chicago. He has traveled to Ireland with SLU’s chapter of Pax Christi, learning about the Irish peace process. (Missouri Province)


Trevor Scott

Trevor Scott
Wawa, Ont.
Trevor, 31, attended the University of Toronto for two and a half years studying international relations. He has worked as a front desk clerk in a hotel and a docent for the Art Gallery of Ontario. He helped coordinate his parish’s RCIA program and volunteered helping Toronto’s homeless. Going to foreign films, cycling, and visiting art and photography galleries are some of his interests. (Upper Canada Province)


Christopher Skrable

Christopher Skrable
Fairfax, Va.
Chris, 29, has a BA in psychology from the College of William and Mary and an MA in religious studies from the Catholic University of America. He taught high school theology for two years and has worked as a director of youth ministries at a parish in Virginia. He has done volunteer work in the Dominican Republic; since 1992 he has developed or directed over 100 high school, college, and young adult retreats. (Maryland Province)


James Sorra

James Sorra
Panganiban, Philippines
Jim, 34, with a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Maryland, worked as an accountant at a moving and storage company. He also attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and has been involved in ministry as a prison chaplain, an AIDS hospice worker, and a tutor for at-risk children. He plays the guitar and drums and enjoys hanging out with his eight nieces and nephews. (Maryland Province)


Scott Stengel

Scott Stengel
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Scott, 31, has a bachelor’s in economics and a law degree from Notre Dame. He clerked at the U.S. bankruptcy court and practiced bankruptcy and commercial law in Washington, D.C. As part of a “Coming Home” group he worked with Catholics returning to the Church. He has studied in London and traveled throughout the Middle East; he plays softball, baseball, and golf. (Maryland Province)


Robert Stephan

Robert Stephan
Cincinnati
Bob, 29, has a BA in history from Xavier University and an MA in modern European history from UCLA; he also studied law at the University of California Berkeley. He was a teaching assistant at UCLA, a law clerk with the California Department of Justice, and an intern for a community center in which he gave legal assistance to local organizations. He did student ministry at Berkeley and was a retreat team member. (California Province)


George Toolan

George Toolan
Danvers, Mass.
George, 30, has a bachelor’s in sociology from the Catholic University of America and a master’s in biology from the University of Massachusetts. He has worked in several jobs doing laboratory research in medicine and biotechnology. He has spent time volunteering in hospitals, homeless shelters, and as a religious educator. To relax, he reads, listens to music, and takes hikes. (New England Province)


Quang Tran

Quang Tran
New Orleans
Quang, 18, the oldest of four, recently graduated from Brother Martin High in New Orleans, where he ran track and cross country. He plays the piano and violin and enjoys learning about Eastern and Western medicine. He was part of a peer support group and the diversity team at his school. He played the organ at Sunday masses and was an altar server and a eucharistic minister. (New Orleans Province)


Krispin Turczynski

Kryspin Turczynski
Zlotoryja, Poland
Kryspin, 22, received a bachelor’s degree in German language and literature from Northwestern University. He spent his junior year studying abroad at Humboldt University in Berlin. He likes playing soccer and learning languages and about foreign cultures. He was a sacristan, eucharistic minister, and liturgical commission member at Northwestern’s Newman Center. (Chicago Province)


Peter Zagone

Peter Zagone
Shreveport, La.
Pete, 30, has a BA in management from Texas A&M University. He worked in human resources as a recruiter and consultant for a hospital in Houston. He is a team member of the RCIA program at his church and an altar server coordinator. His hobbies include mountain biking, softball, working on a ’75 Pontiac Catalina his grandfather gave him, and taking long road trips. (New Orleans Province)


Brian Zeman

Brian Zeman
Tucson
Brian, 23, graduated from Brophy College Prep in Phoenix and studied English and philosophy at Pasadena City College. He worked at a Kinko’s copy shop for two years and as a repair manager in a photo store for another two. He reads, especially theology, apologetics, and meditation, and writes and plays music. He also has an interest in film, photography, baseball, science, and politics. (California Province)


Jeremy Zipple

Jeremy Zipple
Stillwater, Okla.
Jeremy, 25, has a BA in economics from Boston College, where he helped found a Catholic student newspaper. He taught junior high math and music in New Jersey, was a campus minister at a high school in Queens, and did a fellowship at a retirement research center in Chestnut Hill. He owned a video production company whose clients ranged from Coca-Cola to nonprofits. (New Orleans Province)



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