Dear Friends, the Peace of Christ!
We have exciting news to share. After many years of strategic planning, and with the approval of Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the New England Province and the New York Province of Jesuits will unite to form the USA Northeast Province on December 3, 2014, the Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, recently appointed provincial of the New York Province, will become the provincial of this new province.
The USA Northeast Province will include eight states and will stretch from Maine to New Jersey and beyond to Jamaica, Micronesia and the Middle East. Roughly 550 Jesuits will be part of the new province.
The creation of this new province has been in planning for years as part of the larger reconfiguration of the U.S. Jesuit provinces. The new structure will allow the Society of Jesus to better respond to the changing needs and demographics of the Church.
Fr. Nicolás agreed with our recommendation that the new province be established on December 3, earlier than the originally planned date of July 31, 2015. We agree that it is time to move forward with confidence, trusting in God and following our strong desires to be energetic and united in our mission.
The main office of the USA Northeast Province will be located in New York City. For our friends and benefactors, there will be very little change in the day-to-day relationship with the Society. We will continue to have strong ministries that will flourish in the years to come.
Fr. Myles N. Sheehan’s term as provincial of the New England Province will conclude on December 2, 2014. After a brief sabbatical, he is looking forward to being missioned by Fr. Cecero to a new assignment.
We ask you to join us in a prayer of gratitude for all the good works of the New England and New York Provinces over the years, and for a renewed sense of mission, enthusiasm, and openness to new apostolic possibilities as our new province is created on the Feast of St. Francis Xavier.
Please be assured of our prayers for you. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with you in service of the Church for the greater glory of God.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, Provincial, New England Province
Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, Provincial, New York Province