(NEW YORK, N.Y., December 9, 2013) – Fr. John J. Cecero, S.J., has been appointed by Father General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).
Fr. Cecero will begin his leadership role on July 31, 2014. He succeeds Fr. David S. Ciancimino, S.J., who has served as provincial of the New York Province since 2008. As part of the ongoing national realignment of Jesuit provinces, Fr. Cecero will become the provincial of the new province that will form when the New York and New England Provinces unite on July 31, 2015. Fr. Myles Sheehan, S.J., the current provincial of the New England Province, will complete his tenure at that time.
A Jesuit of the Maryland Province, Fr. Cecero has served in a variety of leadership positions and has spent considerable time in both the New England and New York Provinces. For 15 years he taught as professor of psychology at Fordham University (1998-2013). He is currently finishing a sabbatical year after serving as rector of the Spellman Hall Jesuit Community since 2007. He also served as a consultor to the provincial of the New York Province from 2004-2012.
“I am grateful to Fr. Cecero for accepting this important mission from Father General,” said Fr. Ciancimino. “John has a long track record of generous service to both the Church and the Society of Jesus, and I know that his leadership experience and tremendous devotion to the Society will enable him to provide direction with creativity and insight.”
“I am humbled and deeply grateful for this new opportunity to foster and promote the mission of the Society in the New York Province, especially as we prepare to join with the New England Province in 2015,” Fr. Cecero said. “I eagerly look forward to collaborating with brother Jesuits and our companions in ministry to that end. Building on the relationships and structures that were forged so earnestly and skillfully by Frs. Ciancimino and Sheehan, I am confident that with God’s abundant grace our communities and apostolates will flourish in the years to come. That is my fervent prayer.”
Fr. Cecero entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa., on September 3, 1976. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1989, and professed Final Vows on December 3, 2006. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., he attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School. Since joining the Jesuits he has earned a Bachelor of Arts in literary studies from St. Michael’s Institute in Spokane, Wash., and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, then located in Cambridge, Mass. In 1996 he was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about Father Cecero and the work of the Society of Jesus that is supported by the New York Province, please visit our website at www.nysj.org.