Meet the Maryknoll candidates


Daniel Kim

danielDaniel Kim is a third year seminarian from Orange Co., CA. He has an undergraduate degreee in Philosophy and is beginning studies for a MDiv. at Catholic Theological Union.  Before the seminary, Daniel used to enjoy racing motorcycles.  He was also involved with the Bible Life movement, a Korean student enterprise in California.  Daniel finished a two year OTP assignment to Taiwan.  He was ordained a deacon on August 29, 2015, and continues his Thelogy studies in Chicago. 

Jonathan Hill

hillJonathan Hill was raised in Florida to a missionary and mobile family.  He became a Baptist missionary in 2002 and worked in Honduras, Italy, and the Philippines.  Jonathan had an intellectual conversion to Catholicism in 2004.  Desiring a hands-on approach with people he worked as a youth counselor at a Catholic ranch in Wyoming while discerning God's call to Maryknoll.  Jonathan graduated from Loyola University magnum cum laude and is now in his second year of theology studies in Chicago.  He is presently on an OTP assignment to Africa.

Peter Latouf

latoufPeter Latouf is originally from Detroit, Michigan.  He worked for the State of Michigan for nine years as a Program Coordinator before moving to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Peter earned a bachelor's degree in Internation Studies and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology.  He enjoys reading and watching television in his spare time.  Peter was selected as a contestant on the TV game show "Jeopardy" .  He has finished a two year OTP assignment to China.  He is now finishing his last two years of theology in Chicago.  Peter was ordained a deacon in August 2016.

Ryan Thibert

ryanRyan Thibert is 29 years old and is from Ontario, Canada. He feels drawn to service with the poor and respect for a person's individual gifts. Ryan spent six weeks in Namibia with Brothers Mark Gruenke and Loren Beaudry. He is a candidate for Brotherhood and is presently on his OTP assignment to Bolivia.

Greg McPhee


Greg McPhee is a priesthood candidate in Chicago.  Greg graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. double major in Politics and Economics; a Juris Doctorate in law from the University of California, Berkeley Law School; and a M.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD.  After practicing law in New York State, Greg decided to pursue a life in service to the poor and marginalized.  He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, homeless shelters, hospice care, a Catholic Worker farm and parish ministry in New York State.  Greg worked as a college instructor in law while engaged in the New York volunteer work.  Subsequently, he participated in Maryknoll mission work in Bolivia, South America and the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies in Kenya, with short term immersion in Tanzania, East Africa.  Greg has taken his first oath to Maryknoll and has been assigned for two years to East Africa on OTP.


John Siyumbu

siyumbuJohn is a priesthood candidate and 
comes from Bungoma in the Western Province, Kenya. He holds two bachelor’s degrees: one in education from Kenyatta University and the second in philosophy from the Apostles of Jesus Seminary. He graduated from each institute with honors.  John has been in close touch with us since 2009 and has spent time living with Maryknollers in several of our missions in Tanzania and Kenya.  He will enter his spiritual year in Chicago in September, 2016.


Matthew Sim

simMatthew is a citizen of Singapore.  He is 36 years old and holds a bachelor’s degree in education with a specialty in science.  Upon graduation in 2005 he became a teacher in the Singaporean school system.  In 2011 he transferred to the Singapore International School in Hong Kong.  He is fluent in English and Mandarin.  His parish in Hong Kong was staffed by a Maryknoll priest.  Through volunteer service there and later at a second parish staffed by yet another Maryknoller, the pull to become a missionary priest deepened and after five years of discernment he applied to Maryknoll.  Matthew will enter the pre-requisite philosophy/theology program at CTU in Chicago in September, 2016.