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Jan. 26, 2022 – In the Winter 2022 issue of our magazine, we highlighted some of the new appointments in our province. Read more about them below.

Cristo Rey New York High School welcomed its new principal, Rose Batista. Batista is a graduate of Villanova University and has master’s degrees from St. John’s University and the University of Notre Dame.

Former USA Northeast Provincial, Fr. John Cecero, SJ, returned to Fordham University as the new vice president for Mission Integration and Ministry last August. Fr. Cecero succeeds Fr. Michael McCarthy, SJ, who had held the post since 2016.

Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, officially started his role as pastor of St. Thomas More in Decatur, Ga., this past summer, succeeding Fr. Mark Horak, SJ. Fr. Hussey is the former provincial of the Maryland Province.

Following a search of top candidates from Catholic and Jesuit schools across the region, Theresa Napoli has been named the next Academic Dean of Fairfield College Preparatory School. In her new position, Napoli will be working with Principal Timothy Dee to address key areas of strategic growth in Prep’s academic program.

Fr. Timothy O’Brien, SJ, has been named the new director of mission initiatives at his alma mater, Holy Cross. Fr. O’Brien graduated from Holy Cross in 2006. In his new role, he will work closely with Holy Cross President Vincent Rougeau, as well as faculty, staff and alumni.

Brooklyn Jesuit Prep named Mr. Russell Quiñones the school’s next principal. Mr. Quiñones graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University and proceeded to graduate studies in education at both the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. He most recently worked as the Director of Graduate Support for the REACH Program at Regis High School in New York City.

Fr. Bob Reiser, SJ, began his new role in May 2021 as executive director of the Jesuit Schools Network. Fr. Reiser succeeds Fr. Bill Muller, SJ, who recently was named Vice President of Mission Advancement at Brophy College Preparatory School in Phoenix. Fr. Reiser was most recently the president of McQuaid Jesuit and before that was the president of Saint Peter’s Prep.

Last September during the Mass of the Holy Spirit, Fr. A.J. Rizzo, SJ, was officially installed as the 10th president of Scranton Prep. Prior to this, Fr. Rizzo served at Regis High School in New York City as director of Mission and Identity. As a regent, he taught English, theology and Latin at Scranton Prep. He is also an alumnus of the University of Scranton.

Terrence Sawyer, JD, has been selected as Loyola University Maryland’s 25th president and the first layperson to serve as president. He was formerly Loyola’s senior vice president and began his new role on Jan. 1, 2022.