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Men in Formation First Year


After formation, young Jesuits are missioned to the works, nationally and internationally, just as St. Ignatius missioned St. Francis Xavier to India with the words “Go Forth and Set the World on Fire.”


Nicholas Albin

Andrea Bianchini

Maxwell Bindernagel

Daniel Dixon

Thomas Bambrick

Trevor Beach

Robert Carlton

Kevin Embach

Robert Karle

L. Adam DeLeon

Ryan Duns

Patrick Gilday

Joseph Koczera

Brian Geeding

Daniel Kennedy

Aaron Malnick

Stephen Molvarec

Keith Kozak

Matthew Lieser

Ryan Masterson

Paul Miner

Gregory Ostdiek

Lukas Laniauskas

Jacob Martin

Timothy McCabe

James McLenaghan

Joshua Peters

James Sand

Richard Schuckman

Kyle Shinseki

Matthew White

James Shea

John Shea

Jayme Stayer

Second Year

Through the formation it provides young Jesuits, the Chicago-Detroit Province is the animating source of the universities, high schools, parishes, retreat houses and its other works.


Damian Torres-Botello Matthew Wooters

Matthew Donovan




Eric Sundrup


Matthew Dunch

Andrij Hlabse

Michael Singhurse

Christopher Staab

Hung Nguyen

Cyril Pinchak

Kent Beausoleil

Peter Nguyen

Brian Norton

Doctoral Studies in Higher Education Administration, Miami University of Ohio

Doctoral Studies in Systematic Theology, Regis College at the University of Toronto

Classics, Washington University

William Blazek

Church of the Gesu Cleveland



Novice $25,000 (1 year) $50,000 (total) First Studies $50,000 (1 year) $150,000 (total) Theology $50,000 (1 year) $150,000 (total) Tertianship $35,000 (1 year)


Please support a young Jesuit in Formation:

Joel Medina

Chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center

James Ackerman Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Michael Christiana

Ralph Cordero

VP Mission & Identity, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis

The total cost of Formation for a Jesuit is $385,000.

Christian Wagner


Thank you for your partnership in serving the people of God.

Richard Ross

Boston College Connell School of Nursing

Michael Simone

Biblical Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Matthew Spotts Modern European History, St. Louis University

Denis Weber Mark Luedtke

President, Loyola High School Detroit

Paul O’Connor St. Xavier High School

Richard Ross

Boston College Connell School of Nursing

NOVITIATE A man enters the Society of Jesus as a novice. Novices spend two years living the life of the vows in community, learning the traditions of the Society, making the 30-day Spiritual Exercises retreat, and engaging in ministries that include service to the poor. FIRST STUDIES After the novitiate, Jesuits move on to a three-year period of graduate coursework in philosophy and theology called First Studies. REGENCY Upon completing First Studies, Jesuits move to Regency, in which the Jesuit works full-time for two or three years in a Jesuit apostolate and lives in an apostolate community. THEOLOGY Following Regency, Jesuit scholastics begin an intensive three-year study of theology. RECENTLY ORDAINED After theology, those Jesuits who are called to the priesthood are ordained. BROTHERS IN FORMATION Brothers undergo a slightly different but no less rigorous formation than that of their scholastic counterparts. SPECIAL STUDIES As part of his ongoing formation, a Jesuit may pursue advanced studies in a particular academic or professional field. TERTIANSHIP A Jesuit completes his formation of prayer, guidance, and studies with tertianship, a period of preparation for final vows in the Society of Jesus. While not pictured here, men in Tertianship are Benjamin Jimenez and Paul Mueller.

2012 Chicago-Detroit Jesuits Formation Timeline  

A PDF flier featuring the Jesuits currently in formation in the Chicago-Detroit Province