New Appointments and Leadership

Below are some of the recent appointments in our provinces: 

On July 1, 2017, Fr. Mark G. Bosco, SJ, began serving Georgetown University as the new vice president for mission and ministry. Fr. Bosco was previously at Loyola University Chicago where he was a tenured faculty member in both the theology and English Departments. He has also taught at the University of San Francisco and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Fr. George E. Collins, SJ, was appointed vice-superior of the Loyola Jesuit Center Community in Morristown, N.J. A native of Boston, Fr. Collins’ longstanding interest in and passion for spirituality ministry began to flourish during graduate studies at Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology, where he concentrated on Christian spirituality and its impact on ministry. For the past two years, Fr. Collins was president of Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, and he previously served in campus ministry for several years at Fairfield University.

Fr. Donald C. Gannon, SJ, was appointed superior of the Long Island Jesuit Community at St. Anthony’s Parish in Oceanside, N.Y. Fr. Gannon previously served as associate pastor at St. Anthony’s, while working as area vocation coordinator for Queens and Long Island, collaborating with lay and Jesuit colleagues around St. Anthony’s and throughout the Diocese of Rockville Centre. In his new role, he will work to establish Ignatian Spirituality programs at Tabor House, which is located on the site of the parish, and he will also serve as administrator of St. Anthony’s.

Fr. Kenneth J. Gavin, SJ, was appointed vice-superior of the Carroll Street Jesuit Community in Brooklyn. In 1989, he was appointed executive assistant to the provincial of the New York Province. In 1992, he began a four-year tenure as president of Regis High School in New York City before serving as provincial of the New York Province. From 2003-2010 he served as the regional director of JRS/USA, the U.S. branch of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). From 2011-2017 he was assistant international director of JRS, based out of the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Fr. Paul D. Holland, SJ, was appointed secretary for formation and Jesuit life at the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C. After completing graduate studies at Notre Dame University, he served at Fairfield University as a spiritual director and counselor. He spent the last twelve years caring for Jesuits as rector of the Fairfield Jesuit Community at Fairfield University and, previously, as rector of the Campion Center in Weston, Mass.

Brian P. Maher was appointed the 7th president of Nativity Preparatory School in Boston. During his years at Boston College High School, Brian served as science teacher, coach, co-curricular advisor, and director of capital planning and technology. Most recently, he served as B.C. High’s vice president for operations and a member of the president’s senior leadership team. He was also a member of Nativity Prep’s board of trustees, serving as chair of the education committee.

Fr. Joseph P. Parkes, SJ, was appointed provincial assistant for pre-secondary and secondary education for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, effective summer of 2018. As one of the founders of Cristo Rey New York High School (CRNYHS), he served as president of the school in East Harlem since its opening in 2004. He has taught and held administrative roles at Ateneo de Manila High School in the Philippines, St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J., and Fordham Prep in the Bronx. He also served as provincial of the New York Province, helping to build Loyola Jesuit College in Nigeria.

Fr. Scott Pilarz, SJ, has been named president of the University of Scranton, effective 2018. This will not be his first term leading the University, however. He served as Scranton’s president from 2003 to 2011. He is also a former president of Marquette University. Fr. Pilarz is currently the president of Georgetown Prep in Washington, D.C., where he will continue to serve until his successor is found. 

Until Fr. Pilarz assumes the role of president of the University of Scranton next year, Fr. Herb Keller, SJ, will take the reins as the University’s interim president. Fr. Keller is no stranger to the Scranton area. He is the former, and longest-serving president of Scranton Prep.

Fr. John C. Wronski, SJ, was appointed provincial assistant for formation for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. For the past ten years, he has served as president of Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, excelling in his ability to articulate and sustain the Jesuit mission of Nativity. Additionally, he once also served as director of vocations for the New England Province, where he was highly regarded for the careful discernment and balanced judgment which he exercised on behalf of candidates to the Society.

JESUITS Magazine Wins CPA Award!


JESUITS Magazine, the magazine of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, won a 2017 Catholic Press Association (CPA) award (second place) in the Best Religious Order Magazine category. The awards, announced each June, highlight excellence in print and digital media among CPA members in the U.S. and Canada.

The magazine, published several times per year and adapted online, is edited by Michael Benigno and Michael Gabriele, communication directors for the two provinces, and designed by Lauren Capers of Capers Design.

The CPA award cited compelling, current layout and relevant story topics that characterize JESUITS, along with well-organized content and design.

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