Last Year’s Tertians

  • Tomaz M. SJ

    Tomaz Mikus – SVNIn 1996, after graduating in Metallurgy at the University of Ljubljana, he joined the Jesuit order. After his novitiate in Maribor, he studied philosophy in Padua at the Jesuit Institute of Philosophy “Aloisianum.” He undertook his regency in Ljubljana at the Spiritual Centre of St. Joseph. He studied Theology at the Milltown Institute in Dublin. After ordination in 2005, he served as a Director of the Youth Information Center MIC in Ljubljana. In the following year he accepted responsibility as a delegate for the University pastoral care in Slovenia and started organizing the University pastoral care on the University of Ljubljana. After two years, he went back to work in MIC and in the Spiritual Center of St. Joseph. He started with the Multimedia Center for Youth, which is now part of Social Academy. Three years ago he joined the team in “Ignatius house of Spirituality”, a newly founded retreat house in Ljubljana, where he worked on new retreat programs and served as the parish priest of the English speaking Community in Ljubljana. Last year he studied ”Leadership and Pastoral Care” in the All Hallowes College in Dublin. He likes to start new projects and he is passionate about anything that has to do with creativity, art, and spirituality.

  • Balint N. SJ

    Balint Nagy – HUNBalint is from Budapest, Hungary and entered the Society of Jesus in 1997. His philosophical studies were in Munich, Germany. After two years of regency in the Jesuit high school in Miskolc, he studied theology and religious education in Budapest. After this, he continued with his STL (licentiate in sacred theology) studies at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Five years ago he participated in the Spiritual Direction Practicum in Berkeley, California; since that time, he returned every year and continues to be involved in the formation of spiritual directors. Before tertianship, he was leading the high school campus ministry in Miskolc and was entrusted the formation of young Jesuits in Hungary.

  • Peter G. SJ

    Peter Girasek – SVKThe youngest of the tertian group comes from Slovakia. This past July, he finished his work as Socius to the Provincial – a role he had for last two years. Peter was ordained to the priesthood in 2009 in Slovakia. After his ordination, he undertook varieties of pastoral ministries in his country such as university chaplaincy, vocation promotion, and work with youth. Among his many hobbies, and there are indeed many, he is well known around the house for his bee keeping abilities: he brought us a jar of home-made Jesuit honey.  He also enjoys cycling, swimming and gardening… He likes humour very much and is always quick to make a joke.

  • Adam B. SJ

    Adam Baczewski – PMA



  • Stjepan B. SJ

    Stjepan Beslic – CROABefore coming to tertianship, Stjepan worked as treasurer and minister of a retreat house and served also as a chaplain priest in Opatija. He was ordained to the priesthood ten years ago. He entered the Society of Jesus immediately after high school – Archbishop’s  Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb – and his novitiate was in Split. He spent two years studying philosophy at the Jesuit Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb before going to regency. During this period, he worked with the Jesuit Refuge Service (JRS) in Sarajevo and was present during a short period of crisis in Kosovo – that is, Skopje in Macedonia. Four years of theology were studied in Zagreb, and – after ordination as a priest in 2004 – he ministered for three years as a chaplain at a parish in Split. After this extensive training, he received his licentiate in Rome in pastoral theology.

  • Petr H. SJ

    Petr Havlicek – BOHPetr was born in Prague in 1972, and he is member of the Czech province of the Jesuits. After university studies – Czech letters and art education at the pedagogical faculty of Charles University in Prague – he entered the Society of Jesus in 1997. He undertook philosophical as well as theological studies in Bratislava and Rome and worked one year in the Czech section of the Vatican Radio. Petr was ordained a priest in 2006 and ministered as a chaplain in Prague for 5 years. For the last 3 years, he has been in Olomouc as an administrator of the academic (university) parish. He also served as a university chaplain – doing pastoral care throughout the Czech Republic as the national coordinator – as well as the Jesuit promoter of vocations.

  • Tim V. SJ

    Tim Valentine – NYKTimothy Shea Valentine was born on 30 June 1959 in Amityville, New York. He was the middle of seven children of Joseph Valentine, a high school math teacher, and Theresa, a nurse. After high school, he attended Cathedral College Seminary, and afterwards, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY. He was ordained in 1985 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island, and served as a curate at Corpus Christi Church in Mineola for three years. He entered the novitiate for the New York Province of the Society of Jesus in 1988; after vows, he studied music at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. His regency was spent at Canisius College in Buffalo, where he served as campus minister and teacher of religious studies, and then studied for the STL at Weston School of the Theology in Cambridge, MA. He then returned to Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. from the philosophy faculty in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He taught philosophy of education at Fordham University for the next three years. After the events of 9/11, he entered the U.S. Army and served for the next eleven years as a priest chaplain.

  • Darius D. SJ

    Darius Dankowski – PMEDariusz was born in 1967 in Poland. Before entering the Society of Jesus, he received a Master degree in Law (Poznań). In 1992 he started his novitiate in Stara Wieś (South Poland Province). Having completed the philosophy program in Kraków, regency in Kraków (promotion of vocations) and theology program in Warszawa, he traveled over see to Chicago where he pursued PhD in philosophy (social ethics and political philosophy) at the Loyola University Chicago. At the same time, he was involved into campus ministry working with Polish students. Last years he spent in Kraków – as the director of the campus ministry and as the director of the Institute of Philosophy at Akademia Ignatianum (the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Kraków) teaching political philosophy, Catholic social teaching, business ethics.

  • Mourad A-S. SJ

    Mourad Abou Seif – PROMourad finished his university studies on psychology in Damascus and then spent 9 months in a L’Erche community. After this period, he decided it was time to enter the Society of Jesus and commenced his novitiate in 1996. The noviciate was Egypt but his theology and philosophy done in Paris. He received a Master in Counselling and Spirituality from St Paul’s University in Canada. After this period, he returned to Syria and was ordained in 2009. From this period until 2014, he served as the project director for the Jesuit Refugee Services in Aleppo.

  • Jeffrey B. SJ

    Jeffrey – CDABefore coming to tertianship this year, Jeffrey worked as a professor at a university in Canada and taught regularly in education. He was ordained to the priesthood in June 2009 and received a Doctorate in October 2012. He speaks and writes often about topics connected to the Jesuits and Education. Aside from academic pursuits, he is the parochial vicar of a small parish in Winnipeg, Canada; a private pilot; and a woefully unsuccessful weekend fisherman.

  • Peter W. SJ

    Peter Wang – CHNWang Yongchao (known in the house as Peter) is the only tertian from Asia, Chinese province. After much study, he was ordained to the priesthood in November 2008 in China Mainland. He worked part time as vocation promotion and social worker in a Church based-charitable organization for four years. Before coming to tertianship, he spent two years studying spirituality and psychology in Ireland and in Taiwan to compliment his Master’s degree (theology) in Ignatian spirituality and retreat direction.