The board of directors of Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, the Jesuit secondary school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, appointed Fr. Timothy A. Howe, SJ, to serve as the school’s next president, effective July 1, 2018. He replaces Fr. Flavio Bravo, SJ, who has served as interim president since March 2016.
"I come to the Colegio with my mind and heart open," Fr. Howe said. "Over the past year, I've really enjoyed getting to know members of the school community and learning about how Jesuit education is incarnated in the rich Puerto Rican context. The Colegio has many strengths that we can build on as we form the next generation of leaders for the island, the Church and the world."
Father Howe is an experienced school leader, having served as president of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati since 2009. A member of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, he previously spent 10 years as pastor of St. Procopius Parish in Chicago. He is a member of Colegio San Ignacio’s board of directors, so he knows the school and its environment well.
The search for Colegio’s next president was literally a global effort, as the board set their sights on a Jesuit educator with international experience who is fully committed to Jesuit and Catholic education and who communicates easily in both Spanish and English. Father Provincial Ronald Mercier, SJ, is satisfied Fr. Howe is the right person.
“We have sought candidates from many countries,” Fr. Mercier, SJ, said. “Fr. Timothy Howe brings many gifts. He has worked in many places, including Spain. He is a gifted educator, who has led one of our largest high schools (St. Xavier) and has nourished its excellent tradition. He has ministered in both English and Spanish. Most importantly, he is a man of deep faith, a generous Jesuit.”
Father Mercier also expressed deep gratitude for Fr. Bravo’s service. “Father Bravo has served the Colegio community very well during a time of major transitions and most recently as the Colegio has recovered from the effects of Hurricane Maria,” he said. “He has given himself generously to the work of strengthening the Colegio and preparing for the future. On behalf of the Society of Jesus and the whole Colegio family, I want to thank him for his generous and wise leadership.”
Father Bravo will continue in his role of superior of the Jesuit Community in Puerto Rico.