New Appointments and Leadership...

Below are some of the recent appointments in our provinces: 

Fr. Philip Florio, SJ, has been named provincial assistant for vocation ministry for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, effective June 15, 2017. Father Florio has served the past two years as pastor and superior at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he served as the director of campus ministry at Fordham University. Fr. Florio is eager to work with the many men who are discerning a vocation to the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, will begin his new role as director of mission at St. Joseph’s Prep in June 2017. He has served for the last eight years as provincial assistant for vocation ministry for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. Prior to that, he was a campus minister at Loyola University Maryland.

Adam Lewis was named the next principal of Loyola School in New York City. Lewis, a native of Australia, has served as director of senior campus for Xavier College in Melbourne since 2015. From 2010 to 2015, he was deputy principal of St. Ignatius College in Sydney. Mr. Lewis holds a B.A. and B.S. from the Australian National University, a graduate diploma in education from the University of Canberra and a Master of Arts in applied developmental and educational psychology from Boston College.

Patrick T. Maloney, has been named president of Nativity School of Worcester, effective immediately. Mr. Maloney first came to Nativity Worcester in 2012 as director of advancement. He was promoted to vice president of advancement in 2015 and served in that role until he was named interim president in 2016. He is a lifelong resident of Worcester and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2002. His late uncle, Fr. Robert E. Maloney, SJ, was a member of the New England Province.

Fr. Walter Modrys, SJ, has been appointed pastor at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia, effective June 2017. Fr. Modrys currently serves as assistant pastor of St. Clare’s Parish in Staten Island. Prior to that, he was treasurer of the New York Province and pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City.

St. Joseph’s Prep has announced that John Petruzzelli will be the high school’s new principal, effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Petruzzelli was most recently principal of Bethlehem Catholic High School but is no stranger to St. Joe’s Prep. He has served in the past as dean of students and as director of the Ignatian Service Program. He holds an M.Ed. from Wilmington University and a B.A. in History from Saint Joseph’s University.

Fr. Joseph Sands, SJ, was appointed director of novices for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. Fr. Sands will also serve as the next superior at St. Andrew Hall in Syracuse, New York. He was appointed last year as the socius to the director of novices and will assume his new role as director in August 2017. Fr. Sands, who takes great consolation in Pope Francis’ vision of a church with and for the poor and in the Society’s commitment to a faith that does justice, will set a fine and enduring example for the novices who come to St. Andrew Hall.

Fr. Walter Smith, SJ, was named the next superior of the Campion Center Jesuit Community, effective June 1, 2017. For 24 years, he served as president and CEO of the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (NCCN), a NYC-based nonprofit health care organization that connects spiritual resources with the world of health care. Fr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. He was previously dean of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a professor of psychology and department chair at Fairfield University.

Fr. Stephen Surovick, SJ, will become socius to the director of novices in August 2017 when Fr. Joseph Sands, SJ, assumes his role as director of novices. Fr. Surovick currently teaches theology and is chaplain at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he spent a year at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, D.C. He was ordained in 2013.

Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ, has been appointed as the next president of Regis College in Toronto, Canada. Regis College is the theological school of the Society of Jesus in Canada, affiliated with the University of Toronto through the ecumenical Toronto School of Theology. Fr. Worcester was born and raised in Burlington, Vt., 50 miles south of the Canadian border. He has served as a professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Remembering Superior General, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ

On November 26, 2016, just a month after the Society of Jesus elected Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, as the new Superior General, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, Superior General from 1983 to 2008, passed away, four days shy of his 88th birthday. He had been in the Society of Jesus for 68 years and was a Jesuit priest for 55 years.

Before his election as Superior General, Fr. Kolvenbach was the vice-provincial of the Near East, covering Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Upon his election as Superior General, Fr. Kolvenbach carried out his responsibilities with energy and compassion. He visited as many Jesuit provinces and individual Jesuits as he could. His was a calming presence amid many questions the Jesuits faced both within and outside the Church. In 1995, he directed the 34th General Congregation of the Jesuits, which addressed issues including the mission of the Society in the modern world and the impact of the revision of Canon Law.

With the consent of Pope Benedict to step down in 2008, Fr. Kolvenbach’s resignation was accepted at the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus. When asked about his plans for retirement, he expressed a desire to join the Jesuits in the Near East and be a help in that war-torn region. He died in Beirut, Lebanon, serving as an assistant librarian for his Jesuit community.

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