Excitement builds for GC-36

The 36th General Congregation * Rome, Italy

The first General Congregation for the Society of Jesus took place in 1558, when Fr. Diego Laynez was elected Superior General following the death of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society. This coming October, the 36th General Congregation will take place in Rome (GC-36). Jesuit delegates from all over the world will again gather to choose a new successor to St. Ignatius, as Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, who has served as Father General since 2008, is set to retire.

Above and beyond the important task of electing a new Father General for the order, there are many timely postulates and calls that the congregation must address, relating mostly to apostolic priorities, governance in the Society and the renewal of Jesuit life and mission. GC-36 is the first congregation where delegates will have had the opportunity to review the topics up for discussion before actually attending the congregation. This has enabled them to begin a lot of preliminary groundwork and discernment, but has also kept them very busy over the past year.

We wish the very best for all of our Maryland and USA Northeast Province delegates heading to Rome in October and pray that Christ’s wisdom and guidance is with them. Look for full coverage of GC-36 in our Fall/Winter issue of JESUITS, due out in December.


Maryland and USA Northeast Province Delegates

Maryland Province Delegates



Fr. Robert M. Hussey, SJ,
 is provincial of the Maryland Province Jesuits. Prior to his position as provincial, he served for six years as pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Church, a diverse parish in Raleigh, N.C. 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, N.C., 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. David J. Collins, SJ,
 is an associate professor of history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a vocation promoter for the 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 received a Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University. He returned in 2004 to join the history department at Georgetown University.



Br. Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ,
 is an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona in 1978. He entered the Jesuits in 1989 and took vows as a Jesuit brother in 1991. He studied philosophy and theology at Loyola University Chicago and physics at the University of Chicago before his assignment to the Vatican Observatory in 1993. He has coauthored a number of books, including Turn Left at Orion and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? He is also curator of the Vatican meteorite collection.



Fr. Herbert B. Keller, SJ,
 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, Mass. (now the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).


USA Northeast Province Delegates



Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ,
 is provincial of the USA Northeast Province Jesuits. 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. David S. Ciancimino, SJ,
 serves as the president of Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y. 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 appointed assistant to the New York Jesuit provincial from 2004 to 2008 before being named provincial.



Fr. Joseph S. Costantino, SJ,
 serves as pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Mass. He served as president of Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y., 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. Michael C. McFarland, SJ,
 is treasurer for the Northeast Province. Previously, he was president of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., from 2000 to 2012. Prior to that he served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wa., where he was also a professor of computer science. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.



Fr. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ,
 was recently named rector of Ciszek Hall in the Bronx. He previously served 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, Mass. Fr. O’Keefe earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., a master’s degree in French literature from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., and a Master of Divinity from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

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