(CHICAGO, IL, August 30, 2013) — Fr. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., has been appointed by Fr. General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).
Fr. Paulson will begin his leadership role in July 2014. He succeeds Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., who was named provincial of the Detroit Province in 2008 and, additionally, of the Chicago Province in 2009 before the two provinces were united under his leadership in 2011. As part of an ongoing national realignment of Jesuit provinces, Fr. Paulson will become the provincial of the new USA Midwest Province when the existing Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces come together by 2017.
Fr. Paulson has served in a variety of leadership positions as a Jesuit. After 11 years as president of Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (1999 to 2010), he was assigned to his current role as rector of the Loyola University Jesuit Community in Chicago. From 1993 to 1998 he was the vocations director for the Chicago Province (now Chicago-Detroit Province).
“As I finish my term as provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province, I couldn’t be happier that Fr. General has named Fr. Paulson to be the next provincial,” says Fr. Kesicki. “He has the proven capacity and the gifts to care for the Jesuits and the ministries of our province. I have known Brian my entire Jesuit life, and I am grateful for his deep and abiding love for the Society and its service to the Church. Our staff looks forward to assisting Fr. Paulson in this new mission, and I look forward to working with him in my new role as president of the Jesuit Conference.”
“I am deeply humbled to accept this call of Fr. General to lead and serve my brother Jesuits as provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province,” says Fr. Paulson. “The Society of Jesus has formed my mind, heart, and spirit since I was a student at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, back in the 1970s. In my 32 years as a Jesuit, I have been richly blessed with Jesuit and lay friends, along with tremendous opportunities for ministry, all of which I treasure. Our common task over the next several years is to realize the hope and promise of the USA Midwest Province for the greater glory of God and ‘the help of souls’ in the footsteps of St. Ignatius.”
Fr. Paulson entered the Society of Jesus at Loyola House Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, MI, on September 12, 1981. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 1992, and professed final vows on March 25, 2001. A native of Waukegan, IL, he attended St. Anastasia Grade School and Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI. When the school closed in 1975, he finished his high school education at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Since joining the Jesuits he has earned a master’s degree in political philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, a bachelor of sacred theology degree (STB) from Centre Sevres in Paris, a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a licentiate in sacred theology (STL) from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He currently serves on the board of trustees at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, and the Lumen Christi Institute of Chicago, and is a trustee associate at Boston College after 16 years of service on the board of trustees.
Jeremy Langford, Director of Communications
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