New Appointments and Leadership

Below are some of the recent appointments in the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces:   

Fr. Dennis Baker, SJ,
was named director of Xavier High School in Chuuk, Micronesia. A graduate of Canisius High School and Fordham University, Fr. Baker entered the Jesuits in 2004 and as a novice spent six months in Micronesia teaching freshman religion at Xavier. He holds a Master of Science degree in criminal justice administration from Niagara University, and received a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Fordham University before being missioned to New York’s Xavier High School, where he taught religion and coached basketball. Father Baker also received a M.Div. from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and a master’s degree in education from Columbia University. He was ordained in 2015.

Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ,
is the new dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, a leading institution in Catholic theological studies and ministry, providing seven graduate-level degrees to over 170 students, ordained and lay, representing more than 40 countries. In his former role as Georgetown University’s Vice President of Mission and Ministry, Fr. O’Brien was responsible for promoting the university’s Catholic and Jesuit educational and spiritual tradition through seminars, retreats, immersions, and ministerial outreach, as well as through his leadership of the largest campus ministry program in the country. He was ordained in 2006.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore has appointed Walter Reap, Sr., as its new principal. An award-winning and experienced leader, Reap comes to Cristo Rey Jesuit from Edward M. Felegy Elementary School in Hyattsville, Md., where he served as principal. He has overseen the construction of a multi-million-dollar campus and facilitated the implementation of a creative and performing arts instructional program. Mr. Reap also served as principal at Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis, where he facilitated the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, the Kid’s at Hope Training for School Community, and construction of a new school building. He also established an arts integration partnership with Collegio San Carlo, a pre-K to 12th grade school in Milan, Italy.

Fr. Robert VerEecke, SJ,
was named pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in New York City. Fr. VerEecke attended Regis High School in Manhattan, and entered the Society after graduation. He began working as a campus minister at Boston College after his ordination in 1978. In 1989, he was appointed pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Mass., adjacent to the Boston College campus, where he served as pastor for 27 years. He has created many dance works for stage and sanctuary including For the Greater Glory of God, a theatrical dance piece inspired by the Spiritual Exercises.

Fr. Dennis Yesalonia, SJ,
was named pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in New York City. Father Yesalonia entered the Society of Jesus in Boston, Mass., in 1976 and was ordained a priest in 1985. He is a graduate of Xavier High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross. After entering the Society of Jesus, Father Yesalonia earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University, a bachelor of sacred theology degree from Regis College in Toronto, and a M.Div. from the University of Toronto. Father Yesalonia received a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School. In 2002, Father Yesalonia was named treasurer of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. After 11 years, he served as chief operating officer of the Health Sciences Division of Loyola University Chicago and later served on the provincial staff of the New England Province until the summer of 2015.

The Fr. Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ, Jesuit Peacemaking Fund
Society Welcomes New Jesuit Priests

Martin Scorsese Joins Fr. James Martin, SJ, as Jesuits Gather for Province Day
A Spirituality of Accompaniment

When Words Fail Grace Abounds
Walking with Nativity Students

In Their Own Words...
Immersing in the Gritty Reality of the World

Releasing Hearts from Behind Bars
Excitement builds for GC-36

The Pilgrimage
Jesuit GALA Honors Gloria and Chuck Clough

Praying Through the Passion at Calvary

Eastern Point Retreat House
Eastern Point Retreat House, a grand house located on the Atlantic shore in Gloucester, Mass., has been welcoming retreatants since 1958.