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Jesuit Fr. Joseph Costantino the Next Pastor of St. Ignatius Church

Jan. 13, 2016 - In a letter to the parishioners of St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Fr. Provincial John Cecero, SJ, announced that Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, had accepted his appointment of Fr. Joseph Costantino, SJ, as St. Ignatius' new pastor starting on June 1, 2016.

After graduating from NYU in 1977, Fr. Costantino entered the Society and 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. During his seven years in this role, he oversaw a $13.5M restoration of the Church, revision of their mission statement, and the formation of Xavier Mission, the parish’s extensive outreach mission to the poor into an independent nonprofit corporation. Most recently, he has been elected a delegate to the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus to be held in October 2016.

“Fr. Costantino’s collaborative style of leadership enabled a parish-wide discernment that involved the parishioners in the restoration process as well as in a revision and renewal of its mission statement,” said Fr. Cecero. “This brought the parishioners together in celebration of their rich diversity. I believe Fr. Costantino is the right Jesuit to guide St. Ignatius in the years ahead.”

Fr. Costantino’s predecessor, Fr. Robert VerEecke, SJ, has faithfully served the people of St. Ignatius as pastor for the past 27 years and will continue his pastoral work with a new parish.

Click here to read the full letter from the provincial. 





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