Fr. Victor M. Cancino, SJ
Fr. Victor M. Cancino, SJ

Fr. Victor M. Cancino, SJ, 32, grew up in a traditional Catholic family in Los Angeles. After graduating from Arroyo High School in El Monte, California, Fr. Cancino headed to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In addition to studying theology, he was very active in campus ministry, playing piano at daily Masses and working with service organizations and the school’s Christian Life Community. Fr. Cancino had considered a priestly vocation as early as high school, and as a college student he began meeting with a spiritual director. A spring semester in Beijing helped Fr. Cancino see the world in a new way and confirmed his vocation. He returned from China and entered the Jesuits during his junior year of college. As a novice, Fr. Cancino worked for five months in El Salvador assisting with Santa Clara University’s study abroad program, one of the highlights of his 10-year formation journey. After the novitiate, Fr. Cancino was missioned to Saint Louis University where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in philosophy. Assigned next to Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles, Fr. Cancino taught theology for three years while also running the drum line and working with campus ministry. In 2012, Fr. Cancino was missioned to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while also serving as a deacon at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In addition to exploring ecumenism during a trip to Korea for young theologians, Fr. Cancino has spent the last several years studying biblical Hebrew and Greek. After ordination, he will serve for part of the summer at Dolores Mission Parish in East Los Angeles before heading to Rome to begin studies for a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will be celebrated at San Gabriel Mission Church in San Gabriel, California. (California Province)

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