Fr. John T. Tanner, SJ
Fr. John T. Tanner, SJ
Fr. John T. Tanner, S.J., grew up in Thousand Oaks, California. Although baptized Catholic, J.T. was not a regular churchgoer until he was in his junior year of high school and began attending St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Brea, California, where he was confirmed his senior year. After graduating from high school, he attended Fullerton Community College before transferring to California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in philosophy and religious studies while also working as a youth minister at his parish. While attending a conference for his job, someone asked those thinking about the priesthood to stand up. To J.T.’s surprise, he did. Later, while discerning his vocation, he attended a talk by Fr. James Martin, S.J. Afterward he began reading Fr. Martin’s book “My Life with the Saints,” and three chapters in, J.T. knew he wanted to be a Jesuit; he entered the Society of Jesus in 2007. During the novitiate, he worked at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and with migrants in Tijuana. He then went to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, earning a master’s degree in philosophical resources in 2012. Next, J.T. spent two years teaching theology, coaching track and working in campus ministry at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, followed by a year of working with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border at the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national humanitarian aid organization co-founded by the Jesuits. Missioned next to Bogotá, Colombia, J.T. studied theology for a year and half at the Jesuits’ Pontificia Universidad Javeriana before heading to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He also served as a deacon at San Francisco General Hospital and for the Spanish-speaking community at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Berkeley. After ordination, J.T. will return to Berkeley for a semester and then work at a parish for a year. He will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish, St. Angela Merici. (USA West Province)

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