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2024 Ordinands

Patrick Hyland, SJ

Province: USA Midwest

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Highlights of Jesuit Formation:

  1. Served as a spiritual director.
  2. Worshipped at St. Benedict the African Parish in Chicago.
  3. Spent summers studying at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Will work at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland and then study for a master’s degree in Ignatian spirituality at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

Patrick (left) with the small group from a retreat he accompanied over Easter in Loyola, Spain, in 2022.

Bachelor’s degree, Hispanic studies, Boston College; Master’s degree, philosophy, Cleveland State University; Master’s degree, history, Saint Louis University; Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Patrick Hyland, SJ, was raised in Cleveland by his parents — Patrick and Cindy — together with three older brothers — Joe, Brian and Kevin — and two younger sisters — Mary and Colleen. Patrick studied at Saint Ignatius High School where he first met the Jesuits. While at Boston College he had Jesuits serve as professors, mentors and spiritual directors. After graduation he substitute taught at the Cristo Rey high school in Cleveland, Saint Martin de Porres, while studying philosophy at Cleveland State University. Patrick then spent a year in Guayaquil, Ecuador, volunteering with Rostro de Cristo. Upon returning to the U.S., he taught history at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy before entering the Jesuit novitiate. Patrick studied at Saint Louis University for first studies and then taught and coached at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep in Chicago for regency. He then studied theology both at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, earning a Bachelor of Sacred Theology at the latter. After ordination, Patrick will work at a high school and then study for a master’s degree in Ignatian spirituality at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

Patrick at a Java with the Jesuits event at Saint Louis University during his time in first studies.

What’s one interesting fact about yourself not everyone would know?
I cut my own hair. I started doing it just after the novitiate. Both of my grandfathers were bald, and I have older brothers, so I know what is coming. I figured if I started cutting my own hair, I would no longer have to pay another person, nor wait in line. I am still not sure if I started doing this out of my frugality or impatience, or some mixture of the two.

Patrick (back row, center) with his Jesuit community in Spain.

What is one hobby you’ve cultivated as a Jesuit, and why is it important to you?
Playing basketball was what brought our novitiate into contact with seminarians each month in St. Paul, Minnesota. In first studies I played with students, faculty and staff at Saint Louis University. In regency I would play against any student up for it. In theology, at least when I first arrived, I would play for hours at the Jesuit park in Salamanca, Spain. In none of these places was the final score the most important thing, although I do not particularly like losing. In all of these places the fellowship was more important than who won. My favorite opponents now are two of my nephews, Benjamin and Brayden.

Patrick (center) at Loyola University Medical Center where he interned as a chaplain. He is pictured with Fr. Jack O’Callaghan, SJ (left), and Fr. Brad Schaffer, SJ.
Patrick at the final track meet of the season in 2021 during his regency at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep in Chicago, with then senior Eddie.

What was one particularly meaningful experience you had during your formation, and why was it meaningful to you?
I was overwhelmed by the number of Jesuits who concelebrated at my grandmother’s funeral several years ago. She died over the holidays, so many of the Jesuits I knew best were out of town. I was texting Jesuit after Jesuit trying to find one available to preside at her funeral. I was relieved once I found one and then overwhelmed with gratitude when I saw how many ended up being able to make it to her funeral Mass. I still do not know how many or even who showed up that day. I was afraid I would burst into tears if I looked up at the altar with all of them.

How has your spirituality changed since entering the Society?
I would not say it has changed so much as developed or grown. María Jesús Herruzo Martos, founder of the Obreras del Corazón de Jesús, wondered, “If I am not soaked in Christ, how will I communicate him to those around me?” I think I value more now “wasting” time with Jesus. I do not need to race through prayers, nor be in any specific place. Carving out some quiet time suffices.