New Appointments and Leadership

Below are some of the recent appointments in our provinces: 

Fr. James Croghan, SJ, was appointed provincial assistant for international ministries for the USA Northeast Province, effective Aug. 15, 2016. Fr. Croghan entered the Jesuits in 1974 and was ordained in 1985. After several years of pastoral work in Micronesia, he was assigned to Xavier High School in Chuuk and served as director of the school for 11 of the next 14 years, later serving as superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese of Caroline Islands. Fr. Croghan most recently served as interim president of Regis High School in New York City. In his new position, he will work closely with Jesuits and lay colleagues from province apostolates in Jamaica, Jordan and Micronesia. In addition to being provincial assistant for international ministries, Fr. Croghan will continue his work as rector of the Xavier Jesuit Community and as director of Ignatian identity at Regis High School.

Fr. Joseph Sands, SJ, was appointed socius to the director of novices at St. Andrew Hall Novitiate in Syracuse, N.Y. Fr. Sands entered the Jesuits in 1981 and was ordained in 1992. He recently completed his term as rector at the Ciszek Hall Jesuit Community and previously served those in need in Brazil. In a letter shared this May, Jesuit Fathers John Cecero and Robert Hussey, provincials of the USA Northeast Province and the Maryland Province, commented, “In his work at Ciszek Hall, Fr. Sands has demonstrated extraordinary interest and skills in cura personalis. He has a profound understanding of the demands of Jesuit vocations and insists on doing all within his power to see that such demands are met with conviction and grace.”

Ms. Maura Toomb was named associate provincial assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the USA Northeast Province. Ms. Toomb previously worked as director of campus ministry at Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology and psychology from Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University. While at St. Peter’s Prep, she developed the Alumni Service Corps program, enhanced the school’s immersion offerings and retreat programs, and developed service and advocacy experiences for students. She also coordinated the school’s Arrupe Series, an annual week-long social justice summit.

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