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Jesuits to ordain four new priests

June 8, 2017

05 Jesuits THUMBFour Jesuits of the U.S.A Central and Southern Province will be ordained to the priesthood on June 10, in New Orleans. Deacon Stephen Pitts, SJ, who has served as a deacon at St. Agnes Catholic Church in San Francisco, is among them. New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond is ordaining prelate.

Deacon Pitts, 33, entered the Society of Jesus in 2006 and holds graduate degrees from Loyola University, Chicago, and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Berkeley. His studies continue in the fall toward graduate degrees in theology, again from the Jesuit School of Theology, and in international and development economics from his order’s University of San Francisco.

“It was wonderful to have Stephen with us and we are very happy that he will be with us again when he returns to his studies in the fall,” St. Agnes Parish told Catholic San Francisco.

Jesuit Father Pitts will spend six weeks in Chiapas, Mexico, this summer doing pastoral work and field research at a Jesuit-sponsored cooperative, Yomol Atel, that serves indigenous coffee growers.

Jesuits Marcus Fryer, Sean Salai and Sylvester Tan will also be ordained to the priesthood in the June 10 rites. They and Deacon Pitts “have undergone extensive formation in the Society of Jesus, training that integrates one’s spiritual, personal and professional development,” the Jesuits said. “A Jesuit’s preparation for ordination can take anywhere from eight to 12 years.” The four are among 31 new Jesuit priests ordained in the United States and Canada this year.


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