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With great gratitude to God,
the California Province and Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus
announce the priestly ordination of

Christopher James Duffy, SJ

Richard Paul Magner, SJ

Trung Hoang Pham, SJ

 CLICK THE IMAGE to view a video of the ordination ceremony. 
CLICK THE IMAGE to view a video of the ordination ceremony

 

Christopher James Duffy, S.J., 49, grew up near Rochester, N.Y., where he enjoyed learning, reading, music and playing sports.  Chris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. and promptly entered the high-tech industry after graduation.  He held a variety of positions within the semiconductor and software industries, gaining experience in sales, marketing, operations, government relations and strategy before earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.   His Jesuit novitiate brought opportunities in teaching and hospital chaplaincy, while regency provided an opportunity to teach – at Loyola High School in Los Angeles – as both a physics instructor and assistant coach for the freshman basketball team.  While completing his philosophy studies, Chris participated in a process recommended by St. Ignatius: to serve at both ends of a spectrum.  In this case, he taught business strategy to college students and the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation to third graders.  During the first two years of his time in theology, Chris was a spiritual director, a 19th Annotation director and an eight-day retreat director.  Following ordination, he will serve at Our Lady of Sorrow’s Parish in Santa Barbara, Calif. (California Province)

 

Richard Paul Magner, S.J., 50, is a native of Houston, Texas.  Rich attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston, where he began discerning his call to the Jesuits in his freshman year.  After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas A & M University, Rich served as an accountant and financial analyst in Houston for a decade.  As a Jesuit novice, he spent three months working with the Native Yupik People along the Bering Sea coast in western Alaska.  During the Regency period of his formation, Rich taught theology at Seattle Preparatory School and later served as a chaplain at a children’s hospital and participated in a three-week immersion trip to Nepal in an effort to build bridges of understanding and dialogue between Christians, Buddhists and Hindus.  He earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and a Baccalaureate in Philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.  Rich discovered his love of camping and hiking in God’s beautiful creation early on and is interested in returning to ministry among the Native Peoples of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. (Oregon Province)

 

Trung Hoang Pham, S.J., 37, was born in Vietnam, immigrated with his parents to America in 1990 and settled in Orange County, Calif.  After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Trung entered the Society of Jesus in 1998 and went on to study philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises and the Jesuit tradition for the arts, he earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the Pratt Institute in New York and taught drawing and painting at Santa Clara University for his regency.  During this time, he made a public bronze sculpture of Saint Clare for the University.  Besides his passion for painting and sculpting, Father Pham also loves giving spiritual direction.  He has given spiritual direction both to women inmates at the Dublin Correction Center, California, and to people in the San Jose area.  He served as a transitional deacon at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif.  Trung received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in Theological Aesthetics from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.  For him, there is nothing more beautiful and fulfilling than being synchronized with God- to uncover God’s desire and to understand one’s own desire.  (California Province)