The provincial is the visionary leader who is responsible for the formation and well-being of the brothers and priests in a Jesuit province. Over the course of each year, he meets with every Jesuit to receive an "account of conscience" to discern prayerfully the spiritual, physical, and ministerial development of each man. During his annual visitations to Jesuit communities, he presides at community liturgies, directs community meetings, meets with the local superior, and consults with the local Bishop. The provincial is also the visionary leader of the apostolic works – the educational institutions, parishes and retreat ministries – in the region and meets regularly with the directors of works.
|V. Rev. John J. Cecero, SJ|
Fr. John Cecero, SJ, was appointed by Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, to serve as Provincial of the USA Northeast Province, which formed when the New England and New York provinces united on Dec. 3, 2014.
Fr. Cecero entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa., on September 3, 1976. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1989, and professed Final Vows on December 3, 2006. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Fr. Cecero attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., he earned Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, which was then located in Cambridge, Mass. In 1996, he was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Following an internship at the Boston VA Hospital (Boston, Mass.) and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse treatments at Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry, Fr. Cecero spent the next 15 years as professor of psychology at Fordham University (1998-2013). From 2007-2013, he was rector of the Spellman Hall Jesuit Community on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. He also served as a consultor to the Provincial of the New York Province from 2004-2012.
The work of the provincial is supported by Provincial Assistants