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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Six members of the Society of Jesus
ordained to priesthood June 6

the Inland Register

(From the June 11, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop Skylstad ordained six members of the Society of Jesus to the priesthood June 6 at St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane: Fernando Alvarez Lara, Joseph Carver, Dat Tran, Quan Tran, Christopher Hadley, and Eric Watson.

Deacon Fernando Alvarez Lara was born in 1972 in El Paso, Texas. He entered the Society of Jesus in August 1998 and professed first vows in August 2000. He studied philosophy and the social sciences in Guadalajara, Mexico at ITESO. During regency he taught environmental engineering at Seattle University. He completed a master of divinity degree in May 2009 at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

He was raised in Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico and moved back to West Texas, where he finished high school in 1990. Prior to entering the Society of Jesus, he earned a bachelorís degree in chemical engineering at Texas Tech University, and worked for Texas Instruments.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Saturday, June 13, at Santa RosalŪa Parish in Camargo, Chihuahua. In the fall, Father Alvarez Lara will continue theological formation at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and he will work in campus ministry.

Deacon Joseph Carver was born in 1970 in Syracuse, N.Y. He entered the Society of Jesus in August 1999 and professed first vows in August 2001.

He completed first studies at Fordham University in New York, earning a masterís degree in philosophy and spiritual direction. He then taught for two years at Jesuit High School in Portland before beginning his theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 2006. He completed a master of divinity degree and a licentiate in sacred theology in ecology and spirituality in May 2009.

He was raised in upstate New York and the Philadelphia area. Prior to entering the Society, he earned bachelorís degrees in theology and medieval history at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, then pursued graduate studies at Oxford University.

A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated June 7, at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore. In the fall, Father Carver will begin work at Seattle Preparatory School, where he will teach and work in campus ministry.

Deacon Dat Tran was born in 1968 in Saigon, Vietnam. He left Vietnam in 1987 and arrived in Portland, Ore., in 1989. He entered the Society of Jesus in August 1999 and professed first vows in August 2001.

He completed his first studies at St. Louis University. He taught for two years in electrical and computer engineering at Seattle University before continuing his theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 2006. He completed a master of divinity degree in May 2009. Prior to entering the Society, he earned a masterís degree in electrical and computer engineering from Portland State University and worked for Tektronix for three years.

A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated June 7, 2009, at Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Portland. In the fall, Father Tran will begin a new assignment at Gonzaga University, where he will teach in the electrical engineering department.

Deacon Quan Tran also was born in 1968 in Saigon, Vietnam. He entered the Society of Jesus in August 1999 and professed first vows in August 2001.

He did his first studies at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He then taught for two years at Jesuit High School in Portland before beginning his theology studies at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., in 2006. He completed master of divinity and master of theology degrees in spiritual direction in May 2009.

His Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated June 7 at the Church of Holy Martyrs of Vietnam in Seattle. In the fall, Father Tran will begin work as a coordinator for the office of campus ministry at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

Deacon Christopher Hadley was born in New York City in 1969 and grew up in Seattle and Sun Valley, Idaho. He attended high school in Tacoma, Wash., and earned a bachelorís degree from St. John College in Annapolis, Md.

After teaching English in both Japan and Seattle and earning a master of arts degree in education at Seattle University, he entered the Society in Portland in 1999.

He taught philosophy at Gonzaga University and currently works as an adult catechist and deacon at St. Raphael Parish in the Boston Archdiocese.

Hadley studied philosophy at Fordham and earned a master of divinity degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

He celebrated his Mass of Thanksgiving June 7 at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane.

Father Hadley will work at St. Joseph Church in Seattle for the summer and then return to work at St. Raphael while he pursues a licentiate in sacred theology at Boston College and prepares for doctoral studies in theology.

† Deacon Eric Watson was born in 1966 in Des Moines, Iowa. He entered the Society of Jesus in August 2000 and professed first vows in August 2002.

For the next two years, he studied philosophy and theology at Loyola University Chicago. He returned to the Northwest in 2004 and worked as a post- doctoral researcher at the†University of Washington and then taught chemistry at Seattle University. He completed a master of divinity degree at Regis College in Toronto in May 2009.

Prior to entering the Society, he earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Brown University.

He celebrated his Mass of Thanksgiving on June 7 St. Aloysius Church.

In the fall, Father Watson will begin a new assignment as assistant professor of chemistry at Seattle University.


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