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Groups: 2019 New Novices

Christian Zombek

Christian, 23, graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, with a bachelor’s in applied mathematics. He was a math and computer science teacher and assistant coach and strength trainer at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York, for one year. He also served as sacristan, altar server, liturgical coordinator and service trips leader …

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John Tyler Wahlbrink

Ty, 25, attended the University of Cincinnati for both his bachelor’s and master’s in applied economics. After graduating, he worked as an econometrician in a leadership program at a regional bank.Ty learned about the Jesuits through literature, social media and America Media. Ty enjoys discussing politics, watching soccer, hiking in national parks and playing pickleball.

Mario Verde

Mario, 33, earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and psychology from Syracuse University in New York. He also holds a master’s in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to joining the Society, he was a substitute teacher and a bartender and server. He enjoys soul music (including Otis Redding and …

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David Torres

David, 23, graduated from Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s in computing and the arts from Yale University, where he sang with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, an a cappella group. Influencing his decision to join the Society was a formative volunteer experience at a refugee center in El Paso with Jesuit …

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Ryan Serfas

Ryan, 22, was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. Ryan is a recent graduate of Marquette University, where he earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. While at Marquette, Ryan participated in the all-male a cappella group, the liturgical choir and various intramural sports and led retreats. …

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Joseph Seiter

Joseph, 20, attended McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was active in the Latin and chess clubs and wrote for the literary magazine. Joe then entered the seminary for the Archdiocese of Mobile. Already inspired by the lives of Sts. Ignatius, Francis Xavier and Jean de Brebeuf, Joe …

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Min Keun Daniel Park

Daniel, 32, was born and raised in South Korea until his family immigrated to the north suburbs of Chicago in 1999 when Daniel was 12. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied world literature. He has worked as an associate at a CPA firm and as an assistant manager at MCA …

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Michael Pappa

Michael, 30, attended Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, Connecticut. He received a bachelor’s in religion and English literature and a master’s in English literature from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Previously he served as a high school theology teacher, as well as assistant director of faith formation and youth ministry at St. Philip Parish …

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Jose Oros

Jose, 27, graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s in psychology. After graduation Jose worked at Catholic Charities as a client resources coordinator in assisting low-income families with basic needs and support. He volunteered in two of his local parishes, helping in confirmation, youth ministry and hospitality for Mass. Jose enjoys company …

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Mahens Chanzy Mondésir

Mahens, 20, attended National High School Charlemagne Péralte in Saint-Raphaël, Haiti, graduating in 2017. He studied communication and journalism at the Alliance École Professionnelle and office automation at the Wonderful Institute in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He enjoys watching television, listening to music and soccer. He learned of the Society from a visiting seminarian and was inspired …

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