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Por Tracey Primrose

Los delegados de Canadá y los Estados Unidos de la CG 36 se reúnen en San Luis para una sesión crucial de planificación

26 de octubre de 2015 — En el siglo XVI, San Ignacio de Loyola fundó una de las primeras organizaciones multinacionales del mundo, la Compañía de Jesús. En octubre de 2016, los jesuitas elegirán al sucesor de Ignacio en Roma en la Congregación General 36, o abreviado como CG. Aunque los 215 delegados de la CG 36 que representan a las provincias y regiones jesuitas de todo el mundo no se reúnen hasta dentro de un año, la labor de la congregación ya ha comenzado.

En una sesión de planificación en San Luis, cuatro jesuitas fueron elegidos para desempeñar roles de liderazgo en la Congregación General 36: (de izquierda a derecha) P. David Ciancimino, P. Tim Kesicki, P. John McCarthy y P. Mark Ravizza.

Aunque la elección de un nuevo superior general jesuita saliente para reemplazar al P. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, que ha ejercido desde el 2008, será el tema principal, el Ad Negotiam o aspecto de negocios de la reunión es igualmente importante. Esta es la parte de la congregación que aborda el De Statu o estado de la Compañía, y la parte que formula decretos que trazan el camino futuro de la Compañía.

Los 33 delegados que representan a Canadá y los Estados Unidos se reunieron por primera vez la semana pasada en San Luis y tomaron varias decisiones importantes relativas a la parte Ad Negotiam de la congregación. Durante el transcurso del año siguiente, los delegados tendrán una oportunidad única de considerar en oración el estado actual de la Compañía, y sobre todo, su futuro. Y ese discernimiento y preparación ocurrirán antes de que comiencen los actos oficiales, lo que es algo nuevo en la historia de la congregación.

En congregaciones anteriores, los documentos que enmarcan la reunión no se difundieron hasta poco antes de que los delegados se reunieran en Roma, y los miembros principales del comité no fueron seleccionados hasta ese momento. Sin embargo, en 2014, el P. Nicolás aprobó la nueva Fórmula, el manual para una Congregación General creado por el mismo San Ignacio hace casi medio milenio. Actualmente gran parte del trabajo de la congregación se puede hacer mucho antes de la primera sesión plenaria.

Los delegados se reunieron para asistir a una misa durante la reunión en San Luis.

Como explica el P. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, presidente de la Conferencia Jesuita de Canadá y los Estados Unidos, “no estamos esperando hasta llegar allí, estamos comenzando esas conversaciones ahora”.

El trabajo de la congregación se dividirá entre cuatro comités. Cada comité tendrá seis miembros, representando las seis conferencias jesuitas de todo el mundo. En la reunión de delegados de la semana pasada, se eligieron los representantes del comité de Canadá y los Estados Unidos, usando una vez más las directrices que se remontan a Ignacio.

Aunque hay reglas estrictas que prohíben hacer campaña y el cabildeo, hubo un tiempo antes de la elección para la murmuratio, conversaciones tranquilas individuales donde los delegados consideran los puntos fuertes de los 33 posibles candidatos de Canadá y los Estados Unidos.

Ocho de los 33 delegados también prestaron servicios en la CG 35, por lo que estaban familiarizados con la murmuratio. Pero para el P. Tom Greene, SJ, delegado por primera vez, todo eso era nuevo para él. “Fue conmovedor escuchar la octava charla sobre su experiencia de la murmuratio antes de la elección del P. Nicolás. Se produjo un silencio y una gran intensidad cuando hablaron, y se podía ver que el proceso todavía tenía una gran resonancia emocional como un tiempo sagrado de discernimiento en común de los jesuitas”.

El P. Green dijo de sus compañeros delegados: “No podría estar más feliz con los hombres que hemos elegido. Son jesuitas muy talentosos, y servirán bien a la Compañía preparando los documentos y coordinando la congregación”.

Cuando la murmuratio concluyó, se emitieron los votos y se eligieron cuatro delegados para funciones de liderazgo.

El P. Kesicki fue elegido para prestar servicios en el Comité Coordinador de la CG 36, la entidad responsable por planificar y dirigir la congregación.

Los jesuitas se reunieron en San Luis la semana pasada para empezar a prepararse para la Congregación General 36.

El P. Mark Ravizza, SJ, integrará el Comité De Statu Societatis, que examinará el estado de la Compañía, identificando lo que está funcionando bien y dónde hay oportunidades de crecimiento y renovación. El P. Ravizza es el director de la Misión y Ministerio Jesuita en la Casa Bayanihan en el Ateneo de Manila en Filipinas, y también ha sido profesor asociado de filosofía en la Universidad de Santa Clara en California.

El P. David Ciancimino, SJ, integrará la Comisión de Renovación de la Gobernanza de la Misión. Actualmente es presidente de la escuela Canisius High School en Buffalo, Nueva York, y es el antiguo provincial de la provincia jesuita de Nueva York.,

El P. John McCarthy, SJ, se integrará a la Comisión sobre Renovación de la Vida y Misión Jesuita. El P. McCarthy es el socio (auxiliar) del provincial para la provincial jesuita Canadiense de habla inglesa, y también es el director de formación de la provincia.

Su comisión examinará cómo se interrelacionan las comunidades con la misión. “Nos han pedido que examinemos la forma en que vivimos como amigos en el Señor, cuál es la energía y el dinamismo en nuestras comunidades que sostendrán el trabajo misionero. El P. General se ha enfocado en la integración entre la vida y la misión jesuita y cómo organizamos nuestra vida en comunidad para apoyar eso y hacerlo más eficaz”.

Aunque el P. McCarthy es un inveterado asistente a las reuniones, éste no fue un encuentro ordinario. “Me pareció muy reconfortante. Durante los últimos años he estado trabajando estrechamente con colegas de los Estados Unidos y México, y uno sale de estos encuentros con un sentido de una Compañía mucho más amplia. Reunirse con tantos excelentes hombres y conocer sobre su experiencia fue muy gratificante en muchos niveles”.

Las comisiones considerarán los cientos de postulados o sugerencias que se han presentado a la congregación de provincias jesuitas y regiones de todo el mundo. Un postulado usualmente aborda prioridades apostólicas o la gobernanza en la Compañía de Jesús. Por ejemplo, un postulado puede preguntar cómo está respondiendo la Compañía de Jesús a la encíclica del Papa Francisco sobre el medioambiente, Laudato Si’.

Según el P. Kesicki, el cambio en la Fórmula para una Congregación General es emocionante. “En el pasado, los delegados no comenzaban a examinar cuestiones hasta que llegaban a Roma. Como las comisiones se reunirán durante el transcurso del próximo año, no sólo tienen tiempo de considerar los temas, sin que pueden traer expertos externos que pueden asesorarlos sobre cómo resolver cuestiones complejas. Uno no está sujeto a los conocimientos especializados de la congregación. Esto está ampliando la red con un enfoque del siglo XXI”.

El P. Kesicki dijo que los delegados abordarán la próxima congregación con generosidad y fe. “Están ansiosos por interactuar con sus hermanos y ofrecer los conocimientos especializados de nuestra Conferencia a toda la Compañía. Esta es la primera vez que una congregación ha comenzado con un papa jesuita, y la Compañía tiene un gran deseo de unirse a la iglesia para ponerse al servicio de la visión y el testimonio del Papa Francisco”.

¿Le gustaría conocer más sobre las vocaciones a la Compañía de Jesús? Para obtener más información, visite www.jesuitvocations.org.

Fr. Michael J. Garanzini, SJ

USA Delegate
Chicago Province
Fr. Michael J. Garanzini, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Michael J. Garanzini, SJ, Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus and chancellor of Loyola University Chicago, is a delegate for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36.  Before becoming chancellor at Loyola, Fr. Garanzini served as president for 14 years, from 2001 to 2015. Prior to leading Loyola, Fr. Garanzini was a professor of psychology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and before joining Georgetown, he was a visiting professor at Fordham University in New York.

Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, SJ

JRS Delegate
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)
Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, SJ

JRS Delegate

Fr. Thomas H. Smolich, SJ, international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), is a delegate for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Prior to his role at JRS, Fr. Smolich served as the president of the Jesuit Conference. He also served as provincial of the California Province Jesuits from 1999 to 2005.

Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ

USA Delegate
Maryland Province
Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ

USA Delegate

Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ, is a delegate for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. A Maryland Province Jesuit, he is currently an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Br. Consolmagno obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona in 1978.

Fr. J. Thomas McClain, SJ

Rome Delegate
Jesuit Curia, Rome
Fr. J. Thomas McClain, SJ

Rome Delegate

Fr. J. Thomas McClain, SJ, general treasurer of the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit Curia in Rome, is a delegate for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy; a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University; and a master's degree in German language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his current appointment, Fr. McClain served as the pastor of St. Mary’s Student Parish and director of Catholic campus ministry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 2005 to 2009, and as president of Regis High School in New York City from 1996 to 2004. He was treasurer of the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus from 1992 to 1996.

Fr. Douglas W. Marcouiller, SJ

USA Delegate
Jesuit Curia, Rome
Fr. Douglas W. Marcouiller, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Douglas W. Marcouiller, SJ, General Counselor and regional assistant for the USA Assistancy at the Jesuit Curia in Rome, is a delegate for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He previously served as provincial of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus. He received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, in public and international affairs in 1975; a master's degree in international relations from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1978; a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology (now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) in 1986; and a doctorate in economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Before serving as provincial of the Missouri Province, Fr. Marcouiller taught economics as a professor at Saint Louis University.

Fr. Michael F. Weiler, SJ

USA Delegate
California Province
Fr. Michael F. Weiler, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Michael F. Weiler, SJ, provincial of the California Province, is a delegate from his province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Prior to his current assignment, he was director of Jesuit novices in Culver City, California. Fr. Weiler entered the Jesuits in 1975, and following his ordination to the priesthood, he spent a year in Mexico and Central America learning Spanish. He then worked at Dolores Mission Parish in East Los Angeles for two years. Fr. Weiler next completed a Doctor of Psychology degree and then went to Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, where he worked in the Center for Psychological Services and taught in the counseling psychology program.

Fr. L. Orlando Torres, SJ

USA Delegate
Central and Southern Province
Fr. L. Orlando Torres, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. L. Orlando Torres, SJ, is a delegate from the Central and Southern Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. Originially from Puerto Rico, Fr. Torres serves the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Fr. Mark A. Ravizza, SJ

USA Delegate
California Province
Fr. Mark A. Ravizza, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Mark A. Ravizza, SJ, is a delegate from the California Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. He is the director of Jesuit Mission and Ministry at Casa Bayanihan at Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines. He has also served as an associate professor of philosophy at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He earned his doctorate from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Fr. Chi V. Ngo, SJ

USA Delegate
California Province
Fr. Chi V. Ngo, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Chi V. Ngo, SJ, is a delegate from the California Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. He is a retreat and spiritual director at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos in Los Altos, California. Formerly, he served as the provincial assistant for formation and vocations for the California Province. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.

Fr. John W. McCarthy, SJ

Canada Delegate
English Canada Province
Fr. John W. McCarthy, SJ

Canada Delegate

Fr. John McCarthy, SJ, is a delegate from the English Canada Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. He is socius (assistant) to the provincial, director of formation, and doing research and writing in ecology. He received a bachelor’s degree in forest tree biology from the University of New Brunswick, a master’s degree in soil science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and a Ph.D. in boreal forest ecology from the University of British Columbia. He is author of the book “Do Monkeys Go to Heaven? Finding God in All Creation."

Fr. Thomas D. Stegman, SJ

USA Delegate
Wisconsin Province
Fr. Thomas D. Stegman, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Thomas D. Stegman, SJ, is a delegate from the Wisconsin Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. He is currently chair of the ecclesiastical faculty and a professor at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He holds a master's degree in philosophy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry). He also earned a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Fr. Stegman enjoys giving lectures and workshops for parishes and dioceses.

Fr. Scott R. Santarosa, SJ

USA Delegate
Oregon Province
Fr. Scott R. Santarosa, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Scott R. Santarosa, SJ, provincial of the Oregon Province, is a delegate from the province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Prior to his current appointment, he was pastor at Dolores Mission Church, a Latino parish in East Los Angeles. After graduating from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, he spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and entered the Jesuits in 1989. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 and then worked for five years at Verbum Dei High School, an inner-city school in the Watts section of South Los Angeles, as a religious studies teacher and a campus minister. He also served as the vice president for development and communication for two years and as the acting principal for another year.

Fr. Hung T. Pham, SJ

USA Delegate
Central and Southern Province
Fr. Hung T. Pham, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Hung T. Pham, SJ, is a delegate from the Central and Southern Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. He is an assistant professor of Ignatian spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. Fr. Pham holds a bachelor’s degree in math, chemistry and biology from Regis University in Denver; a master’s degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University; and a doctorate in Ignatian spirituality from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. He taught at St. Louis University High School and worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service of Asia Pacific, training math and science teachers in the Burmese refugee camp in Northern Thailand.

Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ

USA Delegate
Chicago-Detroit Province
Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ, provincial of the USA Midwest Province, is a delegate from his province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Before his current position, he was president of Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago for 11 years and then served as rector of the Loyola University Chicago Jesuit Community. He also served as vocations director for the Chicago Province from 1993 to 1998. Fr. Paulson earned a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., before joining the Jesuits in 1981, and he later earned a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Fr. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ

USA Delegate
Northeast Province
Fr. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ, is a delegate from the Northeast Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. He currently serves as the director of the Center of Ignatian Spirituality and a professor at Boston College. He holds a doctoral degree in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fr. O'Keefe earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts; a master’s degree in French literature from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York; and a Master of Divinity from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Fr. Ronald A. Mercier, SJ

USA Delegate
Central and Southern Province
Fr. Ronald A. Mercier, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Ronald A. Mercier, SJ, provincial of the Central and Southern Province, is a delegate from his province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Prior to his role as provincial, Fr. Mercier taught ethics at Saint Louis University and earlier served as the executive director of the Jesuit Collaborative in Boston, a network linking ministries in Ignatian spirituality from North Carolina to Maine. Fr. Mercier earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and a master’s degree in history from Columbia University in New York City.

Fr. Thomas J. Lamanna, SJ

USA Delegate
Oregon Province
Fr. Thomas J. Lamanna, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Thomas J. Lamanna, SJ, is a delegate from the Oregon Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. He is superior of the Jesuit Community at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington, where he also teaches social studies. Prior to that, he was the novice director at Ignatius House in Culver City, California. He also serves as a province consultor.

Fr. Thomas P. Greene, SJ

USA Delegate
Central and Southern Province
Fr. Thomas P. Greene, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Thomas P. Greene, SJ, is a delegate from the Central and Southern Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He is the rector of First Studies at St. Louis University. From 2010 to 2014, Fr. Greene was Secretary for Social and International Ministries at the Jesuit Conference. He was a founding member of the Jesuit Social Research Institute of Loyola University New Orleans in 2007. His ministries have included the legal representation of detained immigrant children and asylum seekers in Chicago, Houston and New Orleans.

Fr. Robert J. Geisinger, SJ

USA Delegate
Chicago-Detroit Province
Fr. Robert J. Geisinger, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Robert J. Geisinger, SJ, is a delegate from the Chicago-Detroit Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Fr. Geisinger serves in the Vatican as the Promoter of Justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Previously, Fr. Geisinger served in Rome as general procurator for the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Michael C. McFarland, SJ

USA Delegate
Northeast Province
Fr. Michael C. McFarland, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Michael C. McFarland, SJ, is a delegate from the Northeast Province for the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36. He is treasurer for the Northeast Province. Previously, he was president of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 2000 to 2012. Prior to that he served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he was also a professor of computer science. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fr. Thomas A. Lawler, SJ

USA Delegate
Wisconsin Province
Fr. Thomas A. Lawler, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Thomas A. Lawler, SJ, provincial of the Wisconsin Province, is a delegate from his province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Previously, he served as the vocations director for the Wisconsin Province and served as assistant director at the Sioux Spirituality Center, a Jesuit retreat center and ministry training program for Native American Catholics in South Dakota. Fr. Lawler entered the Society of Jesus in 1987 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1999. His degrees include a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, and a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago.

Fr. Herbert B. Keller, SJ

USA Delegate
Maryland Province
Fr. Herbert B. Keller, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Herbert B. Keller, SJ, is a delegate from the Maryland Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He served as president of Scranton Preparatory School in Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2015, making him the school's longest-serving president. He also served as principal of Scranton Prep and of Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Fordham University in New York and a Master of Divinity degree from Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts (now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).

Fr. Robert M. Hussey, SJ

USA Delegate
Maryland Province
Fr. Robert M. Hussey, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Robert M. Hussey, SJ, provincial of the Maryland Province, is a delegate from his province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Prior to his position as provincial, he served for six years as pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Church, a diverse parish in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fr. Hussey, who entered the Jesuits in 1989 and was ordained a priest in 2000, has a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and is fluent in Spanish. He served on the faculty of ILADES/Georgetown University Graduate Program in Economics in Santiago, Chile, and was on the economics faculty at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. While at Georgetown, Fr. Hussey was also involved in pastoral work on campus and Hispanic ministry at a local jail.

Fr. James G. Gartland, SJ

USA Delegate
Chicago-Detroit Province
Fr. James G. Gartland, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. James G. Gartland, SJ, is a delegate from the Chicago-Detroit Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He is the rector of the Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community at Boston College and serves on the Board of Trustees at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Previously, he served as president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago from 2004 to 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, master’s degrees in philosophy and religious education from Loyola University Chicago, and a master’s in divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

Fr. Gabriel Côté, SJ

Canada Delegate
French Canada Province
Fr. Gabriel Côté, SJ

Canada Delegate

Fr. Gabriel Côté, SJ, is a delegate from the French Canada Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He is the director of Villa Saint Martin, a spiritual center in Montreal.

Fr. Joseph S. Costantino, SJ

USA Delegate
Northeast Province
Fr. Joseph S. Costantino, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. Joseph S. Costantino, SJ, is a delegate from the Northeast Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He served as president of Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as pastor of the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan from 2006 to 2013. He has also served as director of vocations in the New York and Maryland Provinces and as executive director of the St. Ignatius Retreat House in New York. He earned a master's degree in philosophy from Fordham University in New York and a Master of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).

Fr. David J. Collins, SJ

USA Delegate
Maryland Province
Fr. David J. Collins, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. David J. Collins, SJ, is a delegate from the Maryland Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He currently serves as an associate professor of history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and as a vocation promoter for his province. A native of Washington, D.C., Fr. Collins' Jesuit training and doctoral studies took him to Philadelphia, Boston, Munich and Chicago, among other places. He returned in 2004 to join the history department at Georgetown University.

Fr. David S. Ciancimino, SJ

USA Delegate
Northeast Province
Fr. David S. Ciancimino, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. David S. Ciancimino, SJ, is a delegate from the Northeast Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He currently serves as the president of Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York. Prior to this role, he served as the provincial of the New York Province Jesuits from 2008 to 2014. He is a graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, and the Weston School of Theology (now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), with master’s degrees in theology and divinity. He also holds a New York State certification in secondary education administration from Canisius College. He taught religion, Spanish and French at Canisius High School from 1989 to 1995; served as director of admissions from 1989 to 1992; and was principal from 1992 to 1997. Fr. Ciancimino then served as headmaster of Xavier High School in New York City from 1997 to 2004. He was then appointed assistant to the New York Jesuit provincial from 2004 to 2008 before being named provincial.

Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ

USA Delegate
Northeast Province
Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ

USA Delegate

Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Jesuits Northeast Province, is a delegate from his province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1996. Following an internship at the Boston Veterans Affairs Hospital and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse treatments at Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry, Fr. Cecero spent 15 years as a professor of psychology at Fordham University in New York (1998-2013). From 2007 to 2013, he was also rector of the Spellman Hall Jesuit Community on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus.

Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ

Canada Delegate
English Canada Province
Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ

Canada Delegate

Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, provincial of the English Canada Province, is a delegate from his province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Previously Fr. Bisson served as socius (assistant) to the provincial and as the director of the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto. He also served as an assistant professor of religious studies at Campion College at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan. His work in ministry has included prison and hospital chaplaincy, ministry to the handicapped and refugee advocacy. Fr. Bisson’s education includes a doctorate and master’s in theology, as well as master’s degrees in divinity, philosophy and religion.

Fr. Jean-Marc Biron, SJ

Canada Delegate
French Canada Province
Fr. Jean-Marc Biron, SJ

Canada Delegate

Fr. Jean-Marc Biron, SJ, provincial of the French Canada Province Jesuits, is a delegrate from his province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. Prior to his appointment as provincial, he served as director of the Manresa Spirituality Centre in Quebec City, was a master of Jesuit novices for 10 years and was director of the magazine Relations. He also served as director of the Jesuit Social Center, the Center of Justice and Faith, in Montreal. Fr. Biron, who has a bachelor’s degree in pastoral theology and a master’s degree in education, has been active in spiritual accompaniment. He has offered retreats in the areas of spirituality and the relationships between spirituality and social issues since 1994.

 

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