Twelve Jesuit Ordinands Join the Priesthood This Year

“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

Spoken centuries ago by St. Ignatius Loyola to his brother Jesuits, these words—part mission statement, part marching orders—are deeply emblematic of the Society of Jesus and never more so than during the rite of ordination.

Twelve men burning with love of Christ and his mission were ordained as Jesuit priests this previous Saturday at ceremonies held at Fordham University in New York; Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.; Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.; and St. Thomas More Church in St. Paul, Minn.

A diverse group, the ordinands hail from Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Texas, California, Louisiana, Florida, New York, Vietnam and Italy. Before entering the Society of Jesus, they worked in the financial and high-tech industries, served in the military, taught at the high school and college level, practiced medicine and earned a multitude of advanced degrees.

Their call to priestly ministry is as varied as their hometowns and former occupations, but they have one thing in common: a desire to dedicate themselves to the Jesuit mission of serving the Roman Catholic Church wherever the need may be greatest.

With each step of Jesuit formation—from the first years of novitiate, to philosophy studies, to regency, to theology studies—the ordinands have tended the flame of Christ’s love. Rigorously trained for priestly ministry in the Jesuit tradition, their spiritual lives have been steadily nurtured since the novitiate, their minds sharpened by years of academic study, their apostolic drives molded by service to others.

Jesuit priesthood is a gift from God for the service of the universal Church.

Christ has called.

These men have responded.

Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam!

Fr. William V. Blazek, S.J., 47, hails from Chicago. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree at Marquette University, Father Blazek served five years in the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry Officer. A graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Father Blazek was awarded a Combat Infantryman’s Badge and a Bronze Star for his wartime service in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. After the service, Father Blazek earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Rush Medical College, entering the Society of Jesus immediately following residency. After completing a Master’s Degree in health care ethics at Loyola University Chicago, Father Blazek was assigned to Georgetown University as an assistant professor of medicine. He served as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the Defense Health Board, a federal advisory panel addressing matters pertaining to the military health system. In 2009, Father Blazek was missioned to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry to complete his final preparations and studies for ordination to the priesthood. Following ordination, he will be missioned to Gesu Parish in University Heights, Ohio, where he looks forward to providing sacramental ministry to the people of God, while sharing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
(Chicago-Detroit Province)
Fr. Cesare Campagnoli, S.J., 47, was born in Voghera and raised in Casteggio, a town in Northern Italy just south of Milan. At the University of Pavia School of Medicine in Pavia, Italy, Father Campagnoli earned his Medical Degree in 1989 and then moved to Philadelphia for a fellowship in ultrasound prenatal diagnosis. His next course of study took Father Campagnoli to London, where he earned his Doctorate in obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics from Imperial College School of Medicine. When his studies concluded, Father Campagnoli returned once again to Philadelphia to conduct clinical fetal stem cell research at Children’s Hospital. Troubled by the ethical issues surrounding his research, Father Campagnoli began considering a vocation and reading more about Ignatian Spirituality, entering the Society of Jesus in 2003. Interested now in studying bioethics, he earned a Master’s Degree in healthcare ethics from Loyola University Chicago and then completed a one-year fellowship in medical ethics at the University of Chicago. He returned to Italy in 2008 to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in sacred theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and is currently working towards a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Following ordination, Father Campagnoli will be assigned to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he will teach a master’s course in healthcare ethics.
(Maryland Province)
Fr. Christopher J. Duffy, S.J., 49, grew up near Rochester, N.Y., where he enjoyed learning, reading, music and playing sports. Father Duffy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and promptly entered the high-tech industry after graduation. He held a variety of positions within the semiconductor and software industries, gaining experience in sales, marketing, operations, government relations and strategy before earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. His Jesuit novitiate brought opportunities in teaching and hospital chaplaincy, while regency provided an opportunity to teach—at Loyola High School in Los Angeles—as both a physics instructor and assistant coach for the freshman basketball team. While completing his philosophy studies, Father Duffy participated in a process recommended by St. Ignatius: to serve at both ends of a spectrum. In this case, he taught business strategy to college students and the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation to third graders. During the first two years of his time in theology, Father Duffy was a spiritual director, a 19th Annotation director and an eight-day retreat director. After ordination, he will serve at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Santa Barbara, Calif.
(California Province)
Fr. James “Jay” Hooks, S.J., 34, was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Tampa, Fla. He first encountered the Society of Jesus at his home parish of Christ the King when he met a priest from the local Jesuit high school who filled in for the parish’s Sunday evening Mass. A graduate of H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Father Hooks earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish literature from Florida State University and then moved to Japan to work as an English teacher. While there, he decided to apply for entrance to the Society of Jesus in his home province of New Orleans. After two years of novitiate training, he moved to Fordham University in New York to complete a Master’s Degree in philosophy. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as a Spanish teacher at Jesuit High School in New Orleans and also contributed to the school’s theater, choir and retreat programs. In 2009, he was sent to Rome to study theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. His room was two floors above those of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society, who died in 1556 on the same site. After ordination, Father Hooks will continue his studies for a Licentiate Degree in theology.
(New Orleans Province)
Fr. Paul A. Lickteig, S.J., 37, is a native of Bloomington, Minn. A product of Catholic education since the age of three, Father Lickteig followed his four older brothers through grade school and high school, where he discovered an abiding love of art and theology. Father Lickteig was first introduced to the Society of Jesus while a student at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. During his years of formation as a Jesuit, he taught scripture, sacraments and spirituality to students at Creighton Preparatory School and also worked with men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in California. One of Father Lickteig’s greatest joys is the realization that Christ truly can be found in all things. To keep balanced, he continues to cultivate his love for art—writing, drawing, theater, music and film—as well as the martial arts, yoga, weight-lifting and motorcycles. All of these pursuits have helped reinforce the belief that the development of the soul should be in tandem with the development of one’s varied passions and abilities to serve the people of God. Father Lickteig, who received his Master of Theological Studies Degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif., will return there to work towards a Licentiate in sacred theology.
(Wisconsin Province)
Fr. Richard P. Magner, S.J., 50, is a native of Houston, Texas. Father Magner attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, where he began discerning his call to the Jesuits in his freshman year. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in zoology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas A & M University, Father Magner served as an accountant and financial analyst in Houston for a decade. As a Jesuit novice, he spent three months working with the native Yupik people along the Bering Sea coast in western Alaska. During the regency period of his formation, Father Magner taught theology at Seattle Preparatory School and later served as a chaplain at a children’s hospital and participated in a three-week immersion trip to Nepal in an effort to build bridges of understanding and dialogue among Christians, Buddhists and Hindus. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif. and a Baccalaureate in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Father Magner discovered his love of camping and hiking in God’s beautiful creation early on and is interested in returning to ministry among the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
(Oregon Province)
Fr. Matthew F. Malone, S.J., 40, hails from Cape Cod, Mass. Father Malone earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before serving as the deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of CommonWealth, an award- winning review of politics, policy, ideas and civic life. In 2002, Father Malone entered the Society of Jesus, later serving as associate editor of the Society’s America Magazine from 2007-2009 and earning a Master’s Degree in philosophy from Fordham University in New York. Father Malone’s writing has appeared in numerous domestic and international publications. In 2006, he was the recipient of a first-place Catholic Press Association award for his essay recounting his father’s heroic act of forgiving the man responsible for Father Malone’s brother’s death in a drunk-driving incident in 1984. Father Malone, who completed his theology studies at Heythrop College in Great Britain and The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, will become editor-in-chief of America Magazine this fall.
(New England Province)
Fr. Joseph G. Marina S.J., 50, hails from New Port Richey, Fla., by way of Phillpsburg, N.J. Father Marina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in physics and a Master’s Degree in secondary education from St. John’s University in New York as well as a Doctorate in administration/supervision from Fordham University in New York. Prior to beginning theology studies, Father Marina was assigned to Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., as associate provost and chair of the education department. Before entering the Society of Jesus, he also served as dean of the School of Continuing Education at Providence College, associate dean for the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. and in various administrative positions at St. John’s University. A former trustee of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., Father Marina currently sits on the boards of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Regis University in Denver and Xavier High School in New York City. He completed his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry while serving as deacon at St. Joseph’s Church in Somerville, Mass. Following ordination, Father Marina will begin a new assignment as associate pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City.
(New York Province)
Fr. Bao Q. Nguyen, S.J., 40, was born in Saigon, Vietnam, to a large Catholic family. Father Nguyen graduated from LeQuy Don High School and studied at the National Economic University in Saigon before immigrating to the U.S. in 1992. After graduating from the University of Houston with a degree in accounting, Father Nguyen worked for several companies as a general accountant and risk assessment manager and earned a Master of Business Administration Degree before joining the Society of Jesus in 2001. The former president for the Southern Region of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement in the U.S., Father Nguyen taught theology at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston and has given retreats to many religious and young adults in both the U.S. and Vietnam. His work to raise scholarship funds and financial assistance for Vietnamese religious sisters, seminarians and priests resulted in U.S. training for more than 100 individuals. Father Nguyen earned a Master’s Degree in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Divinity Degree and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Father Nguyen, who has been assigned to Holy Name Parish in New Orleans, will direct an eight-day retreat this summer in Vietnam.
(New Orleans Province)
Fr. Trung H. Pham, S.J., 37, was born in Vietnam, immigrated with his parents to the U.S. in 1990 and settled in Orange County, Calif. After graduating from University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering, Father Pham entered the Society of Jesus in 1998 and went on to study philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises and the Jesuit tradition for the arts, he earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the Pratt Institute in New York and taught drawing and painting at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. for his regency. During this time, he made a public bronze sculpture of Saint Clare for the university. Besides his passion for painting and sculpting, Father Pham also loves giving spiritual direction and has worked both with women inmates at the Dublin Correction Center and others in the San Jose, Calif. area. He also served as deacon at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif. Father Pham received a Licentiate in sacred theology in theological aesthetics from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Calif. For him, there is nothing more beautiful and fulfilling than being synchronized with God—to uncover God’s desire and to understand one’s own desire.
(California Province)
Fr. Brian M. Reedy, S.J., 38, spent his early years in Anaheim, Calif. Even as a young boy, Father Reedy felt the call to serve God. Although raised an evangelical Christian, Father Reedy was strongly drawn to the Roman Catholic Church while studying at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. The sense of a vocation grew stronger following graduation when Father Reedy was working toward an advanced degree in chemistry and biophysics at Texas A&M University and coming into full communion with the Catholic Church at St. Mary’s Parish in College Station, Texas. During his formation, Father Reedy taught high school math and science at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and at Houston’s Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, and worked for four months in a soup kitchen in Tijuana, Mexico. He also served as an adjunct faculty member in chemistry at Fordham University in New York, where he completed a Master’s Degree in philosophy and helped lead the music at St. Paul’s Parish in Manhattan. This year, Father Reedy had the joy of singing the Exsultet and preaching in California at the Easter Vigil as his parents were received into the Roman Catholic Church.
(New Orleans Province)
Fr. Daniel J. Tesvich S.J., 35, hails from New Orleans, La. Although Father Tesvich entered Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge with the intention of studying political science, his plans were forever changed when a professor invited the young undergrad to attend daily Mass. It was this powerful experience that led Father Tesvich to learn more about his faith, and he quickly became active with the LSU Catholic Student Center, serving as a resident sacristan and part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) team. During this period, Father Tesvich felt Christ calling him to priestly ministry and after discerning this call, transferred to St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, La., to finish his undergraduate studies while preparing to become a diocesan priest. As his discernment continued, Father Tesvich realized that Christ was now calling him to serve in a different way: as a vowed religious in the Society of Jesus. After graduating from the seminary, Father Tesvich entered the Jesuit novitiate of Grand Coteau, La., later teaching theology at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. In addition to the Master’s Degree he earned from Loyola University Chicago, Father Tesvich received his Master of Divinity Degree from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
(New Orleans Province)

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