September 19, 2014 — After many years of strategic planning, and with the approval of Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, 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 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 with apostolates in Jamaica, Micronesia and the Middle East. Approximately 550 Jesuits will be part of the new province, with the main office located in New York City.
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. Myles Sheehan, SJ, the current provincial of the New England Province, will conclude his term on December 2, 2014. After a brief sabbatical, he will be missioned by Fr. Cecero to a new assignment.
“We are looking forward to our new province with confidence, trusting in God and following our strong desires to be energetic and united in our mission,” said Frs. Cecero and Sheehan.