Fr. Dennis M. Baker, S.J.
Fr. Baker entered the Jesuits in 2004. Prior to entrance, he graduated from Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York in 1998, earned an undergraduate degree in history from Fordham University in New York City in 2002, and a masters degree in criminal justice administration from Niagara University in 2004. As a Jesuit novice, Fr. Baker spent six months in Micronesia, teaching right here at Xavier in 2006.
After returning to the United States to pronounce his first vows as a Jesuit, Fr. Baker earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University in 2009 and was then missioned to Xavier High School in Manhattan. At “the other Xavier,” he taught history and coached basketball and baseball until 2012.
At Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2015. During his studies, Fr. Baker served as a deacon at St. Eulalia Parish in Winchester, Massachusetts. He also volunteered at the Franciscan Food Center and clerked for the Archdiocese of Boston’s Metropolitan Marriage Tribunal. Fr. Baker’s lifelong love of sports helped inspire a report for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities on mission, identity, and athletics at Jesuit higher education institutions during that time, as well.
After being ordained a priest in June of 2015, Fr. Baker earned a master’s degree in private school leadership from the Teachers College’s Klingenstein Center at Columbia University in New York City. In addition to his studies in Morningside Heights, he also celebrated many Masses at Corpus Christi Church near Columbia, The Church of the Blessed Sacrament on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and at The Church of Saint Francis Xavier in Chelsea.
Mr. Martin K. Carl
In his ninth year as principal at Xavier, Mr. Carl hails from the small atoll of Pakin, Pohnpei State in the Federated States of Micronesia. He graduated from the University of Guam, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University, California. Additionally, he studied two years of philosophy at Ateneo University in the Philippines.
Prior to coming to Xavier, Mr. Carl was a teacher and vice principal at Mindszenty High School in Palau.
Mr. Dahilan is a graduate of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in the Philippines where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics for secondary education.
After graduation, Mr. Dahilan received the Philippines licentiate for teachers. After receiving the licentiate, In the same year, he began teaching at Xavier. He several different subjects, including math, biology, literature, and environmental sciences. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was served as the assistant dorm moderator, purchaser, and prefect of discipline.
Mr. Dahilan returned to the Philippines to pursue a master’s degree in education with a concentration in mathematics. In August 2016, he returned to Micronesia, but this time as assistant principal. He is currently writing a thesis on SAT scores of Xavier students, as well. All told, this year will be Mr. Dahilan’s seventh year as a community member of Xavier.