Before 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.
The 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.
Balint 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.
In 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.