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Men in the Novitiate

The first stage of Jesuit formation, the novitiate is a two-year experience of prayer, community living, and apostolic service as men start their journey in the Society of Jesus. The novitiate of the Central and Southern Province is located in southern Louisiana. The Jesuit Novitiate of St. Stanislaus Kostka at St. Charles College provides a location for both prayer and service in the surrounding community. Novices spend a good part of each year away from the novitiate, but it offers them a base for their reflection and growth in understanding their vocations. The building was recently remodeled and also houses a spirituality center and an infirmary. 

Meet all 38 men who entered the Society of Jesus in Canada and the United States in 2017.

Conoce a nuestros novatos.

Nicholas Blair

Nichoals Blair, nSJ

Nick, 23, is a graduate of De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration. He recently completed a year as a member of the Alum Service Corps, teaching freshman theology at Rockhurst High School and assisting with the Hurtado Scholars Program. Nick enjoys recreational sports — including Ultimate Frisbee and disc golf — woodworking and movies. 

Ryan Caesar, nSJ

Ryan, 25, is from Palm Harbor, Florida, attended the University of Central Florida and transferred to Ave Maria University in southwest Florida, earning a bachelor’s degree in theology in 2015. In college he was a member of Household, a Catholic fraternity, sang with the a cappella choir and was involved in Catholic campus ministry. He was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Tampa. Ryan enjoys playing golf, writing and beatboxing.

Eric Cuoto, nSJ

Eric, 22, attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami and graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He was a student manager for the men's basketball team throughout his for years at Clemson and was active in the parish of St. Andrew. Eric enjoys spending time with friends, playing sports and a good cup of coffee. (Antilles Province)


Hunter D'Armond, nSJ

Hunter, 21, attended Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a varsity baseball player and student minister. He went to Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he studied theology and philosophy, played baseball and served as prefect of the Sodality of Our Lady. During his time at SHC, he spent a summer studying in Bologna, Italy. 


Daniel Finucane, nSJ

Dan, 29, is an alumnus of both St. Louis University High School and Saint Louis University. He earned a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He spent a year in Zambia, living in and working with two Franciscan communities. Prior to joining the Society, he was a theology teacher and campus minister at SLUH. Dan enjoys creating art, playing the guitar, reading and running.


Angel Flores, nSJ

Ángel, 27, was a diocesan seminarian in his home diocese of Caguas in Puerto Rico. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico in the city of Ponce and studied at the Universidad Central de Bayamón in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, as well as at the Institute for Priestly Formation of Creighton University. He worked at San Ignacio de Loyola Academy and at Parroquia San Ignacio de Loyola, both in San Juan.


John Guerra, nSJ

John, 21, attended Jesuit High School of New Orleans, the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, and Saint Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana. An accomplished musician and composer, John is devoted to liturgical music ministry in various settings and wrote a Mass setting for the Abbey Youth Festival at St. Joseph Abbey in St. Benedict. Prior to joining the Jesuits, he worked at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in New Orleans. 

Joshua Hinchie, nSJ

Josh, 23, is from Fulton, Missouri. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, where he was an active member of the St. Philip Neri Catholic Newman Center, participating in liturgical ministries, Bible study and volunteer projects. During summers, he counseled and taught for Totus Tuus, a youth program of the Diocese of Tulsa.

 Justin Kelley

Justin Kelley, nSJ

Justin, 21, attended Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, where he played lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee, wrestled and was active in peer ministry and the pro-life club. He attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, then transferred to Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida, where he participated in Ultimate Frisbee and choir. He has also worked as an intern in the office of the governor of Florida. 

Kevin Kuehl

Kevin Kuehl, nSJ

Kevin, 28, attended Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. He first met the Jesuits at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a bachelor’s in culture and politics. Kevin served at Farm of the Child in Honduras as a middle school teacher and assistant school director, and he earned a master’s in ministry at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, while serving as a graduate assistant with the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice. 

Marco Machado, nSJ

Marco, 28, grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He then worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Navy. Marco has been active with youth groups and in ministry in a variety of parishes. He enjoys soccer, movies, reading and listening to music.

Sullivan McCormick

Sullivan McCormick, nSJ

Sullivan, 24, graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, where he was active in student government, the men’s chorus and debate. He earned a bachelor’s in English and philosophy at Boston College, where he was a member of the Fulton Debating Society and the Liturgical Arts Group. He taught in the Alumni Service Corps at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, then worked at the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. 

Jeff Miraflor

Jeff Miraflor, nSJ

Jeff, 22, is from Tampa and graduated from Jesuit High School. He attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, majoring in electrical engineering with a minor in music. He was an active member of the Filipino Student Association, sang in the UCF choirs, was a cantor at his local parish and served as a leader in Singles for Christ.

Philip Nahlik

Philip Nahlik, nSJ

Philip, 24, is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of St. Louis University High School. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s in chemistry from Loyola University Chicago. His thesis research involved a study of environmental education at Jesuit high schools. He lived in an intentional Christian community during his undergraduate years and served as a staff and student leader for alternative break immersion trips to two Catholic Worker communities. 

Chi Nhan Nguyen

Chi Nhan Nguyen, nSJ

Chi Nhan, 36, was born in Vung Tàu, Vietnam, and moved to New Orleans in 1990. He has bachelor’s and masters’ degrees in architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also attended Richland College in Dallas and Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri. He was an architectural designer and consultant and a member of Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Garland, Texas, prior to joining the Society. He enjoys reading, team sports and other forms of exercise.

Jorge Roque

Jorge Roque, nSJ

Jorge, 23, graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. From Mission, Texas, he served as editor-in-chief of St. Edward’s academic journal and was the poetry editor of the literature and arts journal. He interned with Interfaith Action of Central Texas’ Hands on Housing Program and participated in a service trip with L’Arche, a home community for people living with intellectual disabilities, in Montreal, Canada.

River Simpson

River Simpson, nSJ

River, 23, is a native of New Richmond, Wisconsin. He graduated with bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and psychology from Loyola University Chicago and was involved in campus ministry. During the summer, he worked as a program co-coordinator at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp. He served in the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, working at the Urban Peak Education and Employment Center. He enjoys reading, writing, tennis and playing board games.

 Connor Smith

Connor Smith, nSJ

Connor, 23, graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado Boulder, with an emphasis in finance and global business. He was a student leader at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center and active in campus political life. 

 Bryan Torres

Bryan Torres, nSJ

Bryan, 23, earned a bachelor’s in history from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, where he was an active member of the Newman Center. He taught English, history and sociology in a Catholic bilingual school in Juticalpa, Honduras, as a volunteer for the Olancho Aid Foundation. He was active in the English Forensic League and Model United Nations in high school. He enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, board games and playing tennis. 



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