PR Web announced in a press release that a new president of the Society of Jesus in the United States has been named–Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ. Fr. Kesicki has gained much of his apostolic experience in secondary education, having taught theology at Loyola High School in Detroit from 1988-1991, and having served as president of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland from 2000-2008.
Fr. Kesicki, currently serving as the provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, says, “This assignment comes at a very exciting time for the Church and the Society of Jesus here in the U.S. and around the world. Clearly, the election of Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope in history, has highlighted the Jesuit vocation. Going back to St. Ignatius himself, we Jesuits have always put ourselves in service of the Church to minister where the needs are the greatest. I look forward to helping the Society continue its mission with a renewed zeal, strategic use of our resources, and commitment to serving in Christ’s name here and around the world.”
Fr. Kesicki first met the Jesuits when he was an undergraduate at John Carroll University in Ohio, where he studied political science. During his Jesuit formation he studied at Loyola University Chicago and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, Ca. After being ordained in 1994, his first mission was with Jesuit Refugee Service in Adjumani, Uganda.
The Society of Jesus is the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. They are sometimes referred to colloquially as "God's Soldiers," a reference to founder Ignatius of Loyola's military background. Ignatius founded the society in 1534 after being wounded in battle and having a spiritual conversion. The society is strongly committed to education, theological scholarship and missionary work.