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Radmar A. Jao, S.J.
After attending a “Come and See” retreat at the Jesuit Novitiate, Fr. Radmar Jao, S.J., says he was inspired to enter the Society of Jesus in 2001.  He was ordained in 2011 and currently works in pastoral ministry with youth and young adults in Los Angeles. 
 
Scott R. Santarosa, S.J.
A native of Sacramento, Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., tells how he switched gears from studying civil engineering to entering the Society of Jesus in 1989 and his current assignment as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, a Jesuit parish in Los Angeles.
 
John T. Tanner, S.J.
J.T. Tanner, S.J., talks about his transition from being a college student and youth minister to joining the Society of Jesus in 2007 and his experiences at the Jesuit Novitiate in Culver City, Calif.  He currently teaches Theology at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
 
Roberto Carlos Durán, S.J. (en Español / in Spanish)
Roberto Carlos Durán, S.J., de San Salvador, El Salvador, es un maestro de Español en Bellarmine College Preparatory en San Jose, California. Nos habla sobre su trabajo como profesor en El Salvador y como tomó su decisión para ingresar a la Sociedad de Jesus en el 2007.
 
Brother Joseph Frias, S.J. Joseph Frias, S.J.
Br. Joseph Frias, S.J., talks about his decision to become a Jesuit and his previous assignment as a teacher at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles.  He currently works with faculty and staff in Adult Spirituality at St. Ignatius College Prep in Los Angeles.
 
Trung Pham, S.J. Trung Pham, S.J.
Fr. Trung Pham, S.J., talks about his work as a Jesuit and an artist—and how he combines both vocations to serve God and His people.  He is currently an Asst. Professor of Art at Seattle Univerity.
 
Fr. Michael Mandela Michael Mandala, S.J.
Fr. Michael Mandala, S.J., is the Director of Community Relations at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles.  Formerly the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood, he discusses his vocation as a Jesuit, the challenges of bringing culturally diverse people together as a church, and working together with laymen and women.
 
Fr. John Francis Vu John Francis Vu, S.J.
Fr. John Francis Vu, S.J., discusses his spiritual journey beginning with his escape from Vietnam to a refugee camp in Thailand, his spiritual life as a Jesuit, and his work in campus ministry in California.
 
Fr. Gregory Boyle Greg Boyle, S.J.
Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, discusses why he was attracted to Jesuit life and the rewards of working with youths in the nation’s largest gang-rehabilitation program.