Wang 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.
Before 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.
Mourad 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.
Dariusz 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.
Timothy 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.
Petr 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.