Fr. Martin O. Silva, SJ
Fr. Martin O. Silva, SJ

Fr. Martin O. Silva, SJ, 53, was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He knew of the Society from a young age, as he attended a Jesuit parish and two of his uncles were Philippine Province Jesuits. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Philippines in 1983 and after graduation came to the United States. Fr. Silva then spent 18 years doing corporate finance work in the telecommunications and banking industries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He also received an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, in 1995. While Fr. Silva knew about the Jesuits from his family, completing a 19th Annotation retreat in 2002 exposed him to their spirituality, which resonated with him. He learned more about St. Ignatius and the Society’s way of proceeding, and in 2005 he entered the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City, California, the same province where his cousin Fr. Joaquin Martinez, SJ, is a Jesuit. As a novice, Fr. Silva did a long experiment working in campus ministry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Newman Center in Honolulu. After two years at the novitiate, he was missioned to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he received a master’s degree in philosophy in 2010. Fr. Silva then spent two years teaching theology and working as a campus minister at Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento, California. Missioned next to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, Fr. Silva received a Master of Divinity degree. During theology studies, he served as a deacon at San Quentin State Prison, teaching catechism and preaching. During his formation, Fr. Silva also taught English to teachers in Xiamen, China, and studied Spanish in Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia. After ordination, Fr. Silva will serve at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood, California. He will celebrate his first Mass as a Jesuit priest at his Christian Brothers’ high school, La Salle Green Hills, in the Philippines. (California Province)

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