- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Three Boston College graduates, including one Massachusetts native, are being ordained as Jesuit priests.

The ordination of Thomas Simisky, Mario Powell and Sam Sawyer is scheduled for Saturday in New York City.

The 43-year-old Simisky is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has a master’s in economics from Boston College.

The 32-year-old Powell spent his early childhood in Hawaii before moving to Santa Monica, California. He earned an undergraduate history degree from BC.

The 35-year-old Sawyer is from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and has a computer science degree from BC.

The Society of Jesus, founded in 1540, says it has seen an increase in interest in becoming a Jesuit priest since the election of the first Jesuit pontiff, Pope Francis.

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