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Groups: JCCU 2020 Novices (English)

Jesuit Conference Novices 2020

Denulson B. Theodore

Denulson, 22, was an altar boy in the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. After formal studies, he completed a course in silkscreen printing and then began to study business administration (level three). He is certified as a level-two soccer coach and has taught physical education and sports. He considers himself cheerful …

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Brandon Smith

Brandon, 25, attended the University of Alabama, where he earned a bachelor’s in history. As a student, Brandon participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and was confirmed and received into the Catholic Church in March 2016. Last summer, he participated in this province’s Three Weeks as a Jesuit program, which helped to …

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Patrick Michael Smith

Patrick, 29, completed degrees in political philosophy and English literature at McGill University. After attending law school at the University of Alberta, he practiced as a litigation attorney for two years. He then decided to work in a L’Arche community for five months, which strongly inspired his Jesuit vocation. Living with people with intellectual disabilities …

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John Frederick Saul Simon

John, 30, completed a bachelor’s in history at the University of Toronto, minoring in both Christianity and culture and East Asian studies. After graduating, he worked in Toronto’s financial district for a year and a half. He then joined the local diocesan seminary for a year before leaving. While pursuing a master’s in medieval studies, …

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Peterson Saincima

Peterson, 24, studied Haitian civil law and was a teacher at the Marie Esther Christine Blondin School, run by the Sisters of Saint Anne. Passionate about reading the lives of the saints, he also enjoys writing. He strives to work for peace and joy that will last, and after a long discernment, he chose to …

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John Paul Kegod Sacedor

John Paul, 25, graduated from Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies, minor in language and literature. There, he worked as a sacristan in the university chapel where he also served as a choir member, lector, and altar server. He was drawn to the Jesuits through the example of …

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Michael Rushka

Mike, 23, first felt called to the Jesuits at Cathedral High School in the fall of 2015, when his theology teacher took him to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia. He graduated with a bachelor’s in physics and mathematics from Georgetown University, where he was active in the Knights of Columbus, Georgetown Right to Life, and …

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Joshua Rueschhoff

Joshua, 33, grew up in northwest Kansas. He has a bachelor’s in philosophy and a master’s in public administration. Josh never considered a vocation to the religious life until a friend gave him a copy of The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything. Ignatian Spirituality resonated with him, but he did not immediately respond to the …

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Robens Jonas

Robens, 19, finished formal studies in 2019. He was an active member of the Kiro Catholic Youth Group and an altar server in the parish of Saint Pius X in Ducis. He loves soccer and reading. Sometimes he writes short poems to express his feelings. “My motivation to enter the Society of Jesus is to …

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Justin M. Reyes

Justin, 27, went to St. Peters Boys High School on Staten Island, New York, as well as St. Peter’s University, where he earned a bachelor’s in life science. He also earned a bachelor’s in nursing at Warner College on Staten Island. Among his many interests are basketball, mixed martial arts, dancing, Filipino stick fighting, drawing, …

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