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Fr. Ernald (Guillrey Anthony M.) Andal, S.J., Ed.D.  

Fr. Ernald is a Jesuit priest who has just completed doctoral studies in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University. He is still living with the LMU Jesuit community and is available for conversation and prayer with Mount students.

A citizen of the Philippines, Fr. Ernald was ordained in 2014 by the then-Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Tagle.  He served for three years in Mindanao, an impoverished area of the Southern Philippines, and was the Director of St. Isidore High School in Zamboanguita, Malaybalay City.  Before he was ordained, as a Jesuit scholastic, he served as Youth Animator for the University of the Philippines (Dilman Campus) in the Chaplaincy Office, and in a variety of religious programming on Filipino radio and television. He was also the Program Officer for Political Affairs, and the Associate Director of Church in the Service of the Nation (Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan), a socio-political apostolate of the Jesuits of the Philippines.  

Fr. Ernald first encountered Mount Saint Mary’s in November 2017, when he presided at the Pangkat Pilipino’s Pagdiriwang Mass & Celebration, in his first semester of graduate school.  We’re grateful for the years he has spent with us as a regular presider for our Sunday evening liturgies ever since. Having completed his Ed.D., Fr. Ernald will return to his homeland as soon as it is safe to travel, and put his education to the service of many others.  We’re grateful he is still available to the Mount community!

Sean Dempsey, S.J., Ph.D. 

Fr. Sean is a Jesuit priest who is an Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, and lives with the LMU Jesuit community.   A native of Los Angeles, he went to the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in English Literature — before pursuing a Masters in American Studies at St. Louis University, and his Ph.D. in History at the University of Pennsylvania.  In between, he studied at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and received his Masters in Divinity.   His particular areas of interest are religious and urban history, especially in the 20th century.  His dissertation research is called “The Politics of Dignity:  Religion and the Making of Global Los Angeles”. 

Prior to his ordination, as part of his Jesuit formation, Fr. Sean worked at LMU’s Center for Service and Action, as the Direct Service Coordinator.   He was ordained a priest by Bishop Zavala in LMU’s Sacred Heart Chapel in 2008. 

Fr. Sean first came to the Mount as the speaker at a Medaille “Lunch and Learn” talk for faculty and staff on the history of anti-Catholicism in American politics, lending insight into the similar anti-Muslim politics of the 2016 presidential election.  We are very grateful that Fr. Sean regularly presides at our Weekend College’s Sunday Mass at Doheny, and often leads our Chalon liturgical celebrations as well.   

Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. 

Fr. Felix (whose last name is pronounced “Yoost”), lives in the LMU Jesuit community, where he is the Director of Jesuit Biblical Ministries.

Born in Berlin, Fr. Felix moved to Tucson, Arizona with his German immigrant family when he was two years old.   He grew up in Tucson, and went to the University of Arizona (where his father taught physics), earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics. He was very active in the UA Catholic Center, where he was deeply influenced by his Campus Minister, Sr. Maggie McGraw, CSJ.  

After entering the Jesuits, Fr. Felix studied Philosophy in Munich, Germany, received his Masters in Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament studies at Yale University.   in 1991, he was ordained a priest by the Archbishop of San Francisco, John Quinn.  

Fr. Felix has taught theology at several universities (especially at Loyola Marymount University), and discovered that he has a special passion for the ministry formation and theological education of adults.  Most of all, Fr. Felix enjoys spreading a knowledge and love of scripture — whether in workshops, courses, parish missions, pilgrimages, retreats, audio-courses or via his biblical resources website —  whether teaching in Los Angeles, Jerusalem, Rome, or anywhere online! 

Ever since Fr. Felix first came to Loyola Marymount University over 20 years ago, he has been a regular and active priest-presider at Mount Saint Mary’s, helping to shape the liturgies we celebrate to make them more participatory and inclusive.  He has heard untold confessions, celebrated many Mount weddings, baptized many MSMU babies and adults, and anointed many of our ill.  For years, he has worked through Campus Ministry’s Ecclesia program to offer workshops in biblical education for ministers of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and has also offered spirituality programs and retreats for Mount faculty and staff.  He has served as co-leader, educator, and chaplain on Campus Ministry pilgrimages to the Holy Land, to Rome, and to World Youth Day in Poland.  For over two decades, Fr. Felix has been a central member of the Mount’s Campus Ministry family!  

Jim McDermott, S.J.

Fr. Jim is a member of the Jesuit community at Loyola Marymount University.   A screenwriter, and a regular writer on tv, movies, pop culture and spirituality, he is the Los Angeles Correspondent for the Jesuit’s America Media.

Originally from the Chicago area, Fr. Jim studied Literature at Marquette and Harvard Universities, and entered the Jesuits in 1992.  He then studied Liturgy and Old Testament at the Weston School of Theology in Massachusetts, where he received his Masters in Divinity.  He earned an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, and interned in the development department of the AMC network.  He was ordained a priest in 2003.

In his Jesuit formation years, he served as an English teacher, drama coach, and bus driver for the Jesuits’ Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Fr. Jim has also spent a year working in and exploring Australia.  While living in New York, he was an improv comic as well as a writer, and continues to write a (very funny) weekly newsletter, along with tweets and blogs, on pop culture and spirituality.  He occasionally writes about how television (really!) can help your spiritual life.

We are happy to have Fr. Jim as a regular priest-presider at our Chalon Sunday 7 pm Mass.

Ike M. Udoh, S.J. 

Fr. Ike (pronounced “ee-kay”) is a Jesuit priest who serves at Blessed Sacrament parish in Hollywood.

Born in California, Fr. Ike’s parents took him back to their home country of Nigeria, so that he could be raised in Nigerian culture.  In Benin City, he encountered the Jesuits, who deeply influenced him. 

After he graduated from high school, Fr. Ike and his family moved back to the United States, and he attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning a degree in integrative biology, and preparing a career in optometry.  However, he joined the Jesuits shortly after his graduation, and moved to Spokane, Washington to live in a L’Arche community, sharing daily life with people with disabilities.  

He served as Campus Minister at Fordham University in the Bronx while he was earning his Masters’ degree in Philosophy.  During that time, he spent a summer teaching English in China to learn more of Chinese culture.  He moved back to California to serve in Campus Ministry, teach theology, and coach soccer for three years at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He earned his Masters of Divinity and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and was ordained a priest in 2015 -- celebrating his first Mass in the LA’s Loyola High School chapel.

Fr. Ike now serves the dynamic, diverse community of Blessed Sacrament parish in Hollywood, but finds time to occasionally join the Mount community to celebrate Eucharist with us!