Provincial Named for the New USA East Province of Jesuits
In October 2019, a week after signing an official decree to create a new East Coast province of the Jesuits in July 2020, Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, named Fr. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ, (pictured left) as its first provincial, effective July 31, 2020—the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.
Fr. O’Keefe entered the Jesuits through the New England Province in 1976. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and went on to receive advanced degrees from Fordham University and the Weston School of Theology in Weston, Mass. He was ordained a priest in 1986. After completing an Ed.D. in education from Harvard University, Fr. O’Keefe became a member of the faculty at Fordham University, and then at Boston College, where he also served as dean. He was a visiting professor at Georgetown University as well. He currently serves as superior of the Ciszek Hall house of First Studies and the Spellman Hall Jesuit Community at Fordham University. Fr. O’Keefe was a delegate to the Jesuits’ 36th General Congregation in Rome in 2016.
In 2014, the New England and New York Provinces established what is currently the USA Northeast Province. When it canonically joins with the Maryland Province this summer, it will create the USA East Province, the largest in the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.
“I am humbled and gratified by the confidence that Father General has placed in me,” said the newly appointed Fr. Joe O’Keefe, “and I am consoled by the support and encouragement of Jesuits in the Maryland and Northeast Provinces. I look forward to working with my brother Jesuits and our lay colleagues as we build our new USA East Province. God has been so good to us in the past; God will lead us anew into a hopeful future.”
Additional New Appointments in the Province
Fr. Harry Geib, SJ, has assumed the appointment as superior of the St. Aloyisius Gonzaga Jesuit Community in Washington, D.C. Fr. Geib previously served as superior of the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore. He has also been the director of Manresa Hall Jesuit Community in Philadelphia and the Health Care Coordinator for the Maryland province.
|McQuaid Jesuit announced that Fr. Philip Judge, SJ, will succeed Fr. Robert Reiser, SJ, as the school’s 14th president, effective July 1, 2020. In May, Fr. Reiser announced that he would step down as president following the 2019-20 academic year. Over the summer, members of the board implemented a process to find Fr. Reiser’s successor.|
|Author and Jesuit historian, Fr. Thomas McCoog, SJ, has assumed the appointment as superior of the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore, Md. Fr. McCoog has worked as an archivist and historian for the Maryland Province, Fordham University and the British Province of the Society of Jesus. He was also a history professor at Loyola College in Maryland.|
The Gregorian University Foundation Board announced that it has chosen Fr. Michael McFarland, SJ, to be the Foundation's next president, with his term beginning on Jan. 1, 2020. He succeeds Fr. Alan Fogarty, SJ (CAN) who has served as president since 2014. Fr. McFarland has served as the treasurer for the Northeast Province since 2013.
|Camille Naughton has been named the second president of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, effective July 1, 2020, when Deacon Bill Garrett retires after serving as the founding president. Ms. Naughton, vice president of advancement and corporate partnerships, has been with Cristo Rey Atlanta since the school was founded in 2013.|
|Fr. Adam Rosinski, SJ, has been appointed assistant director of vocations for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, effective July 1, 2020. Fr. Rosinski was ordained a priest in June 2019 and recently served at St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh, NC.|