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Meet the Maryknoll candidates

 

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.

 


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

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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.

 

Andrew James Feister

andrew feisterAndrew is 24 years old and hails from Cadillac, Michigan.  He is the 3rd of 5 children.  Presently studying at Northwestern Michigan College, Andrew will enter our initial formation program in August and complete his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy at St. Xavier University.

 

 

 

Joshua Mutende Maondo 


joshua mutendeJoshua is a 23 year old man from Kakamega, Kenya.  He is the 5th of 8 children.  Joshua earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Education at Kenyatta University with specialties in English and Literature.  Presently studying philosophy at Tangaza University in Nairobi, Joshua will begin the Spiritual Year in Chicago this January. 


 

 

Charles Ogony

charles ogonyCharles is a 23 year old man from Migori, Kenya.  He is the 5th of 12 children.  Charles earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Education at Kenyatta University with specialties in Geography and History.  Presently studying philosophy at Tangaza University in Nairobi, Charles will begin the Spiritual Year in Chicago this January.

 

 

 

Patrick Otieno Okok

peter otienoPatrick is a 25 year old man from Sega village in southwestern Kenya.  He is the 7th of 10 children.  Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at Kenyatta University with a specialty in Physics and Mathematics.  Presently studying philosophy at Tangaza University in Nairobi, Patrick will begin the Spiritual Year in Chicago this January.




Sean Cintron

sean cintron1Sean is a priesthood candidate.  He is 30 years old and hails from Brooklyn NY. While his stepfather has passed away, his mother and sister reside in Brooklyn.  Sean entered the military immediately after high school and served in the U.S. Army as an infantry paratrooper from 2006 to 2012.  He subsequently joined the college seminary program for his home diocese but found his vocation to be that of a missionary.  Sean will enter our initial formation program this August and complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at St. Xavier University in Chicago. 

 





 
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