New Appointments and Leadership

Below are some of the recent appointments in our provinces:


Fr. Kenneth Boller, SJ, will take over the role of pastor at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City starting on Sept. 1, 2019. For the past six years, Fr. Boller has served as president of St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J. Fr. Boller is no stranger to the Xavier community; he has worked at Xavier High School (next door to the parish), including from 1988-1997 as the school president.

Fr. Bill Campbell, SJ, has been named the next director of Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Mass., effective Aug. 1, 2019. In this new role, Fr. Campbell will oversee all aspects of the retreat program and facility, from operations to spiritual direction to marketing. Fr. Campbell was recently serving as vice president for mission at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Effective July 1, 2019, Andrew T. Cavacos will become the new principal of St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. He comes to the Prep after spending nearly his entire career at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y., where he served as a math teacher, dean of students and then assistant principal for academics.
Dr. Frances Clemente will serve as the second principal of Cristo Rey New York High School starting July 1, 2019. Dr. Clemente has served as the founding principal of Newmark High School in New Jersey since 2003. Principal Bill Ford, who has guided Cristo Rey since the inception of the feasibility study, will conclude his term as founding principal in June 2019.

Fr. James Conn, SJ, professor of the practice of canon law at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, will assume the position of superior of Casa Santa Maria at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, effective Sept. 2019. He is also a consultor of the Holy See’s Congregation for the Clergy.

Dr. Michael Gomez will assume the presidency of Saint Peter's Prep on July 1, 2019. He is an alumnus of Saint Peter’s, class of 1991, and will be the first lay president in Saint Peter's history. His last position was as the founding principal of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School.
Nativity School of Worcester has named Emily Kent as its next principal. Kent will be the school’s sixth-ever principal and the first woman in the role. Kent began her career in education at Nativity School of Worcester as a fellow in 2009. She went on to teach grades seven and eight. In 2012, she was promoted to the role of assistant principal. She continued to work at Nativity until 2015.
Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, current dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, will become the 29th president of Santa Clara University, effective July 1, 2019. Fr. O’Brien has served as dean of the Jesuit School of Theology since 2016 and prior to that spent eight years at Georgetown University where he was vice president for mission and ministry, overseeing the largest inter-faith campus ministry in the country.
Fr. Mario Powell, SJ, has been named the sixth president of Brooklyn Jesuit Prep (BJP), effective July 1, 2019. BJP is a Nativitymodel middle school serving low-income families in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. For the past four years, Fr. Powell has served at Regis High School in Manhattan as the director of the REACH Program, an educational and leadership program that prepares middle-school students from families with financial need to earn scholarships to leading high schools in New York City.
The provincial assistant for Pastoral Ministries for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, Fr. Edward Quinnan, SJ, will also assume the role of provincial assistant for International Ministries in the USA Northeast Province starting July 1, 2019. In this new role, he will facilitate communication between the provincial and Jesuits and their communities serving internationally within the province and in other regions of the Society.
Effective this summer, 2019, Fr. Mark Scalese, SJ, director of campus ministry at Fairfield University, will become superior of the First Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to campus ministry, he has a background in film production, producing religious, spiritual and educational documentaries and videos.
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