On July 31, the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola, the New York Province of the Society of Jesus warmly welcomed V. Rev. John J. Cecero, SJ, who began his term as provincial.
Fr. Cecero, a Jesuit of the Maryland Province, has served in a variety of leadership positions and has spent considerable time working in the New York area. For 15 years Fr. Cecero taught as a professor of psychology at Fordham University (1998-2013); he has just finished a sabbatical year after serving as rector of Fordham’s Spellman Hall Jesuit Community since 2007. In addition, he served as a consultor to the provincial of the New York Province from 2004-2012.
This week, Fr. Cecero was welcomed by his brother Jesuits and the staff of the New York Province office. As provincial, he will oversee the well-being of each member of the province, make annual visits to the Jesuit communities and serve as the visionary leader of the province’s apostolic works.
As part of the national realignment of Jesuit provinces, Fr. Cecero will become the provincial of the new province that will form when the New England and New York Provinces unite, currently scheduled for 2015.
“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 lay companions to that end. Building on the relationships and structures that were forged so earnestly in recent years, 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.”