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Jesuit Who Taught at Creighton to be Ordained

Jesuit Who Taught at Creighton to be Ordained

Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., will be ordained a priest at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, at St. Johnís Church on the Creighton University campus. The Most Rev. William J. Dendinger, bishop of Grand Island, Neb., will be the ordaining prelate.

His first priestly assignment will be to teach at the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Tanzania before starting work on a doctorate in fall 2007.

ďIím thrilled about again teaching philosophy, and extremely excited about what Africa and its people can teach me about life and our journey to know God. Much of my training has been in global settings. This next step seems like a culmination of so much and yet the start of something wonderfully fresh.Ē said Hendrickson.

Hendrickson, 35, was born in Fremont, Neb., and graduated from Mt. Michael Benedictine High School in Elkhorn. He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, graduating with a B.A. in psychology and theology.

Hendrickson entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 and pronounced perpetual vows in 1996. From 1996-97 he studied humanities at Creighton University. He earned a masterís in philosophy from Fordham University in 2000.

During his training to be a priest, Hendrickson taught philosophy at Creighton University and worked with Creighton's service learning program in the Dominican Republic. He has also served at St. Agnes parish and St. Anthony's Foundation in San Francisco and at St. Martin of Tours parish in the Bronx.

From 2003-06 Hendrickson attended the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif.

The son of Jerald and Mary Hendrickson of Fremont, Hendrickson has two brothers, Ryan Hendrickson of Champaign, Ill., and a twin, Scott, who is also a Jesuit and training to be a priest with the Jesuits of the Missouri Province.

Hendricksonís First Mass will be at 6:30 p.m., June 10, and will also be celebrated at St. Johnís Church.

The Society of Jesus, whose members are commonly called Jesuits, is religious order of the Roman Catholic Church founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. Today, Jesuits number almost 20,000 worldwide and comprise the largest single religious order in the Catholic Church. Jesuit priests and brothers are engaged in ministries in 112 nations on six continents. Their work is focused on education and intellectual contributions (primarily at colleges, universities and high schools, and more recently at the grade-school level), as well as missionary work and ministry in human rights and social justice.

Posted: 5/4/06