From all backgrounds and experiences, these Jesuits have completed a 10-year formation process that began as a discernment and a call of the Holy Spirit. They are now ready to begin living their vocations as Jesuit priests, serving the Catholic Church and all God’s people who are in need of His care and mercy. Please keep them in your prayers.
On June 8, 2019, the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces ordained five Jesuits to the priesthood:
|Ricardo Ávila Natividad, SJ, was baptized in Chihuahua, Mexico. His parents and three brothers have been his most important catechists; they call El Paso, Texas, and Queen of Peace Parish home. He received first communion at Our Lady of Sorrows in McAllen, Texas. The Christian Brothers of El Paso’s Cathedral High School taught Ricardo to think critically about the world and his faith. Christ stirred Ricardo’s heart toward religious life while he completed a bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American studies at the University of Chicago. After graduating from Yale Law School, Ricardo moved to New York City to practice transactional corporate law and later joined a litigation practice. He began attending the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal’s “Catholic Underground” and volunteering at their friary in the Bronx. This prayer and work led Ricardo to contact the Society of Jesus’ vocation office. He entered the Jesuits in 2008. As a novice, Ricardo taught at Xavier High School in Micronesia and spent time with migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. He then completed a master’s degree in philosophical resources at Fordham University. While studying philosophy, Ricardo gained a foothold in financial justice and access-to-justice work by volunteering with Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice. As a regent, he represented the poor in consumer law matters as a staff attorney at a nonprofit and was then missioned to Nossa Senhora do Rósario in Brazil, where he worked with the Pastoral da Juventude. Next, he completed a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology and a master’s degree in divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. While there, Ricardo interned at the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and served the Diocese of Oakland at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.|
|Christopher Grodecki, SJ, grew up in Winnetka, Ill. His family were active members of Sacred Heart Church, where Chris was an altar server and sang in the parish choir. He graduated from New Trier High School in 2001. He then attended Georgetown University, and in 2005 received his bachelor’s degree in English and in German literature before receiving a master’s degree in German. He remained in D.C., working as a writer and researcher at a nonprofit public-interest law firm and participating in both social and young adult ministries as a parishioner of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. Chris maintained his friendships with the Jesuits at Georgetown and began to discern his vocation to the Society of Jesus. He entered the Jesuits in 2009, and as a novice, served as co-teacher and Ignatian Identity assistant at Washington Jesuit Academy. Chris was then missioned to Loyola University Chicago, where he received a master’s degree in philosophy. While in Chicago, he was a SPRED (Special Religious Education) catechist at Queen of Angels Parish; catechist of the English RCIA program at St. Procopius Parish; and chaplain to the Loyola University Chicago women’s soccer team. Thereafter, Chris taught philosophy and served as director of the RCIA program at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia for two years. In 2016, Chris began his theology studies at Regis College in Toronto and received the Master of Divinity degree. He served as a deacon at St. Anthony’s Parish in Oceanside, N.Y. Chris is currently completing the Licentiate in Sacred Theology and Master of Theology programs at Regis College in Toronto and serves at the University of Toronto Newman Centre.|
|Vincent Marchionni, SJ, was born in Lower Merion, Penn., and attended Saint Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr. It was there he received instruction in the faith from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He then attended St. Joseph’s Prep and Saint Joseph’s University. Vinny discovered his Jesuit vocation during a talk on SJU’s campus about the school’s Jesuit identity. He credits Jesuits on campus with teaching him how to pray the Examen and to do Ignatian contemplation as part of his discernment. He entered the Jesuits in August 2008. As a novice, he worked in Catholic schools, hospitals and nursing homes, and at a homeless outreach. He also studied Spanish in Bolivia and philosophy and theology at Saint Louis University. In addition to his studies, he continued to serve the homeless through a local Jesuit parish, as well as helping with campus ministry at SLU and engaging in vocation promotion. Vinny’s regency was at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, where he taught American and world history, as well as serving as assistant boys’ lacrosse coach. He went on to finish his theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. While in the Bay Area, he assisted at St. Jarlath’s Parish in Oakland, where he helped form a youth group, coordinate bilingual (English/Spanish) worship, and serve as a deacon. Vinny will serve in two parishes his first year of priesthood. This summer, he will serve at Our Lady of Mount Carmel + Saint Benedicta + Saint Mary of the Assumption in Staten Island and in Sept. will move to Parras de la Fuente, Mexico, to serve at the Jesuit parish of Santa Maria de las Parras.|
|Richard Nichols, SJ, grew up singing in the choir at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. He first met the Jesuits as a seventh-grade student at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Md., and studied with them again at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Rick was commissioned as an officer in the Navy and volunteered for submarine service. When the Navy sent him to do intelligence work in the D.C. area, he met priests from the Archdiocese of Washington. Inspired by their example, he left the Navy and went to Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, N.J. As a seminarian, he completed the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius and decided to enter the Society of Jesus in 2008. After the novitiate, the Jesuits sent him to Saint Louis University, where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy. He then taught math and served as athletics chaplain at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. Missioned next to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology before going to serve as a deacon at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside, N.Y. Highlights of his formation include volunteer work at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, Latin study under Fr. Reginald Foster; and clinical pastoral education at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. After ordination, Rick will continue to serve as a chaplain at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.|
|Adam Rosinski, SJ, grew up in Philadelphia. His family was active at their local parish, St. Cecilia, and Adam was especially involved in the parish grade school and youth group, and as an altar server. Because his mother’s cousin is also a Jesuit, who spent many years in Chile, Adam heard about the Jesuits growing up, but it wasn’t until he was an undergraduate at the University of Scranton that he really came to know the Society of Jesus. There, Adam was fascinated by the Jesuits and their mission and became inspired to discern his own Jesuit vocation. After graduating, he worked as a high school teacher before entering the Jesuits in 2009. As a novice, he spent time on the parish staff of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Raleigh, N.C. After the novitiate, he was missioned to study philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, where he also served as chaplain to the university’s softball team and worked with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, offering Ignatian retreats to homeless men who were in recovery from addiction. His next mission took him back to Philadelphia for regency, where he served as a teacher and campus minister at St. Joseph’s Prep. There, he also had the privilege of coordinating the “2Philly4Francis” pilgrimage, which brought together 43 Jesuit high schools to celebrate Pope Francis’ visit to the city in 2015. In 2016, his formation took him to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he earned Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees and served as a deacon at St. Brigid and Gate of Heaven Parishes in South Boston.|