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.
After he entered in the Jesuits in 1975, his formation included a master’s degree in history at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Doctor of Theology in Christian Ethics from Regis College in Toronto, Canada. Once ordained to the priesthood, he taught theology at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Regis College, where he also served as dean.