Fr. Ike M. Udoh, SJ
Fr. Ike M. Udoh, SJ

Fr. Ike M. Udoh, SJ, 34, was born in Walnut Creek, California, and then moved with his family to Benin City, Nigeria, when he was 2. His parents, originally from Nigeria, wanted their children to grow up experiencing the culture there. While growing up in Benin City, Fr. Udoh met the Jesuits at a local parish, where he was struck by how available and personable they were. He was also involved in a youth group, which inspired him to grow in his own faith and planted the seeds for his vocation. After graduating from high school, Fr. Udoh and his family returned to the United States, and he attended the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology in 2004. He joined the Jesuits later that same year, and as a novice he did an experiment at a L’Arche community in Spokane, Washington, sharing life with people with disabilities. He also taught and worked in campus ministry at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, California. After the novitiate, he went to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he received a master’s degree in philosophy in 2009 and was involved with campus ministry. For his next assignment, Fr. Udoh was missioned to Loyola High School of Los Angeles, where he taught theology and helped coach soccer for three years. At the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while assisting as a deacon at St. Joseph’s Church in Pinole, California. Fr. Udoh is grateful for God’s faithful love and mercy, for the opportunities to journey with the people of God throughout his formation in a variety of experiences and for how they have shaped him. After ordination, Fr. Udoh will continue studies at the Jesuit School of Theology, working toward a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He will celebrate his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. (California Province)

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