Fr. Kyle K. F. Shinseki, S.J., grew up in Kauai, Hawaii. He earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995; as a junior, he went through RCIA and became Catholic. He next received his master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then worked for the National Council of La Raza for six years in community development and fundraising. While working for the Council in Washington, D.C., Kyle first connected with the Jesuits when he joined the Agrupación Católica Universitaria, a primarily Spanish-speaking Christian Life Community (CLC). He next went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning an MBA in 2005, after which he worked for Procter & Gamble in marketing for two years in Puerto Rico and two years in Cincinnati, where he began attending the Jesuits’ St. Francis Xavier Church and discerning his vocation. Kyle entered the Society of Jesus in 2009 and, as a novice, worked at Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso and helped with retreats and the soccer team at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. Missioned next to Loyola University Chicago, he studied philosophy, founded a bilingual, bicultural CLC there and worked with an Archdiocese of Chicago leadership formation program that enabled immigrants to minister to the immigrant community. Kyle then went to Creighton University in Omaha for two years, coordinating Asian/Pacific Islander initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and teaching in the business school. He next earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (SCU) in Berkeley, California, where he’ll return after ordination to complete a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He served in campus ministry at SCU and as a deacon with the Spanish-speaking community at St. David of Wales in Richmond, California. Kyle is grateful to God for the intercultural ministry he’s been able to do building bridges between groups during formation and for the places he’s been, including Canada, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Japan, Italy and India. He will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in his hometown, Lihue, Hawaii. (USA Midwest Province)
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