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Northwest Jesuits welcome record number professing first vows

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 13, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

More young Jesuits pronounced first vows in the Northwest this year than anywhere else in the United States.

Seven men, including five with Washington state ties, became members of the Society of Jesus on Saturday, Aug. 18 when they promised perpetual chastity, poverty and obedience at a Mass at St. Ignatius Church in Portland, Ore.

The presider at the Mass of Profession of Vows was Jesuit Father Robert B. Grimm, head of the Northwest Province. Concelebrants were Jesuit Fathers Patrick J. Lee (novice master) and Steven C. Dillard (formation director).

Jesuits in the United States are associated with 10 provinces. The Oregon Province, consisting of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, has a comparatively low number of Catholics, yet continues to attract a steady stream of novices.

The seven newly vowed Jesuits include:

Joseph Carver, 30. A graduate of St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, Joseph worked in Seattle with homeless people before entering the Society.

Christopher Hadley, 31. Christopher received a Masterís degree from Seattle University in teaching English as a Second Language and taught in Japan.

David Henry, 31, graduated from Holy Cross University in Worcester, Mass, and served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Spokane. David also taught at St. Anslem in Washington, DC.

Kevin Tomlin, 25. Kevinís hometown is Bellingham. He graduated from Western Washington State University, then worked in Portland.

Dat Tran, 33. Dat earned a Masterís degree in computer engineering from Portland State University, and was employed in that field.

Quan Tran, 33, trained as a medical doctor in Vietnam before moving to Seattle. Quan studied medical biology at the University of Washington.

Dennis Wetzler, 28, graduated from Warner Pacific University in Portland and worked in retail. His hometown is Vancouver, Wash.

The purpose of the novitiate is to give a man discerning a vocation an experience of ministry and spiritual guidance, while offering fellowship with others making the same choice.

After taking first vows, Jesuits generally study philosophy and theology for at least six years. They also spend two years in regency as a teacher at a Jesuit high school or working in another ministry. A man typically is ordained eight to 10 years after completing the novitiate.

All the newly vowed men will continue their studies this fall - Carver and Hadley at Fordham University, Henry and Tomlin at Loyola University in Chicago, Dat Tran and Wetzler at St. Louis University, and Quan Tran at the University of Washington.

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