Last Saturday, May 13th, in the Church of Saint Ignatius in Paris, eight Jesuits from five different provinces, all students at the Centre-Sèvres, were ordained deacons by Archbishop Théodore Kodidis, a Jesuit and Archbishop of Athens.

Olivier Dewavrin (France), Cédric Lecordier (Mauritius), Pradeep Alwyn Albuquerque (India), John Vinay Besra (India), Carlos Chuquihuara (Peru – United Kingdom), Émile Gebraiel (Egypt), Brook Stacey (Canada), and Maréus Tousséliat (Haiti), currently studying at the Centre Sèvres in Paris, come from five different Jesuit provinces.

“These companions represent the internationality of the Society, which desires to be of service to the Church in proclaiming and living the Good News among men, in the spirit of the Universal Apostolic Preferences that guide our actions,” recalled Father François Boëdec, SJ, Provincial, in his welcome speech.

Two other bishops were present at the ordination: Bishop Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, and Bishop Youssef Abou El Kheir, retired Coptic Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sohag in Egypt.

Father Provincial Erick Oland, SJ, and the Haitian Jesuits studying in Europe accompanied Maréus and their fellow companions on this occasion.