| Jesuits ordain 28 men
Rev. Brent Otto
Rev. Brent Otto, SJ, who served as a deacon and RCIA teacher at the St. Leo the Great Parish in Oakland, and as chaplain at the Port of Oakland, was one of 28 men in the US and Canada to be ordained this summer.
Father Otto, 35, who grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts, was one of four men ordained Jesuit priests June 13 at the Fordham University Church. Father Otto will serve in the Jesuits' USA Northeast Province.
Father Otto, SJ, and newly ordained Father Erick Berrelleza, SJ, 32, from Los Angeles, were both deeply affected by the attacks against America on 9/11; the tragedy helped inspire them to discern God's calling, and their commitment to service was a factor in their decision to become Jesuit priests.
Another new Jesuit, Ike M. Udoh, 34, was born in Walnut Creek, and then moved with his family to Benin City, Nigeria, when he was 2. He taught and worked in campus ministry at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, and taught theology and helped coach soccer for three years at Loyola High School of Los Angeles.
This was the largest group of new priests ordained by the Jesuits in more than 15 years.
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