New Appointments and Leadership

Below are some of the recent appointments in the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces:  













  John Glennon Jr. has been named headmaster of Georgetown Prep, effective July 1, 2016. John served in various administrative capacities at Georgetown Prep from 2001 to 2010. This past July, he returned to the school as assistant headmaster. His wide range of experience at Georgetown Prep is complemented by his work in education outside the school community. In 2010, John earned an EdM in School Leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. While in Boston, he served as a principal intern at TechBoston Academy, a pilot school in the Boston Public School System. In 2011, John moved to Philadelphia to help found Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, where he served as assistant principal. While in Philadelphia, he also taught sophomore math and a junior English elective.
     

  Fr. Frank Kaminski, SJ, was recently appointed coordinator for parish outreach for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. As part of The Jesuit Collaborative team, he will focus particularly on the efforts of Jesuit parishes to foster an Ignatian vision and lifestyle within their faith communities. Fr. Kaminski’s interest in Ignatian spirituality began during his years in Chile, where he worked for more than 10 years with the Christian Life Community (CLC). Back in the United States, he joined the Jesuit Urban Service Team forming an Ignatian community of faith in the predominantly Latino neighborhoods of North Camden, N.J. Beginning in 2000, he was missioned to Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House in Faulkner, Md., where he offered spiritual direction and directed numerous retreats. Throughout his Jesuit life, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius have been at the heart of his ministry. He is hoping that this new connection with TJC will give broader focus to what he feels is a primary work of the Society of Jesus.
     

  Maryland Province Jesuit, Fr. Christopher S. Fronk, SJ, who is serving as a military chaplain in the United States Navy, has been named the next president of Jesuit High School of New Orleans. He will begin his new assignment this November. Fr. Fronk, a native of Monaca, Pa., received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University before earning his master’s degree in theology from Heythrop College of the University of London. He secured a second master’s degree in religious education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and a third in military studies, emphasizing leadership, planning, and strategy from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in Quantico, Va. Before starting his military career, Fr. Fronk’s assignments in the Maryland Province included service as a high school teacher and chaplain at Scranton Prep, and as a campus minister at Saint Joseph’s University, University of Scranton, and Wheeling Jesuit University. He also served as rector of the Jesuit community at Wheeling Jesuit University.
     

  Fr. Joseph Costantino, SJ, will begin service as pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on June 1, 2016, succeeding Fr. Robert VerEecke, SJ, who faithfully served the people of St. Ignatius as pastor for 27 years. Fr. Costantino entered the Society in 1977 and was ordained in 1987. He has since served in a variety of roles, including teaching philosophy at Canisius College and serving as Jesuit vocation director. In 2006, he began his work as pastor of the Church of St. Francis Xavier, in New York City, completing a $13.5M restoration of the Church. Most recently, he was elected a delegate to the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus to be held in October 2016.
     

  Fr. Daniel Lahart, SJ, was elected president of Regis High School, in New York City, effective in the fall of 2016. He replaces Rev. James Croghan, SJ, who served as interim president from 2015-16. Fr. Lahart comes to Regis after serving as president of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas, for the past 14 years. Prior to his time at Strake Jesuit, Fr. Lahart served as vice president for finance and administration at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and served as assistant for secondary education for the Maryland Province. Fr. Lahart joined the Jesuits in 1983 and was ordained in 1994.
     

  Joseph Petriello, EdD, was named principal of Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Petriello has a long history as an Ignatian educator, having directed the Christian Service Program and chaired the religious studies department at Xavier High School for several years. He most recently served as assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the USA Northeast Province, helping schools throughout the Northeast address challenges, implement continuous improvement, and advance their mission––all in order to prepare them for the opportunities that the future holds for Jesuit secondary education. Dr. Petriello is a proud graduate of Fordham Prep’s Class of 1998.
     

  Fr. Jack Mattimore, SJ, was appointed as the next director of Yap Catholic High School in Micronesia, to begin in July 2016. Fr. Mattimore entered the Jesuits in 1976 and was ordained in 1988. A graduate of Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y., he holds a bach- elor’s degree from Fordham University, STB and M.Div degrees from Regis College, and advanced degrees from the University of Toronto, Columbia University and Fordham University. He previously served as an administrator at Fordham Prep and at Canisius High School and worked as a chaplain at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility. Most recently, he has served as an English teacher and department chair at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore.
     

  Michael Wiencek was named principal of Yap Catholic High School, effective June 2016. Mr. Wiencek, a graduate of the University of Scranton, served two years as a volunteer teacher at YCHS before going back to the U.S. to work at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Philadelphia. Returning to Yap this year, Mr. Wiencek became the school’s director of college counseling and assistant principal. He is also the school’s chemistry teacher.


Sean Hagerty, SJ: From Army Captain to God’s Soldier

 
Sean Hagerty, SJ, pictured with current members of Xavier High School’s JROTC Regiment.
Sean Hagerty, SJ, 31, was climbing the corporate ladder in the beer-distribution business when he decided to become a Jesuit priest. And even by Jesuit standards, that’s a very uncommon path. But there hasn’t been anything routine about Hagerty’s life to date, so it was no surprise when he decided to commit to such a bold course of action.

Shortly after enrolling at New York’s Xavier High School, the Jesuits made a quick impression on him, as Sean recalled recently in an article published by the Jesuit Conference. He fondly remembers that “They were smart and kind and loved what they were doing. They were very present in our lives––whether helping out with the yearbook, moderating the Chess Club, or attending games.”

To read the rest of Sean’s vocation story and to learn how he transitioned from student to a captain in the U.S. Army to life as a Jesuit, visit www.JesuitsEast.org/hagerty.

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