Province Offices Close

March 26, 2020 Update: The tentative date for return to the office is now April 22. Province staff are working from home and will respond to calls and emails as much as possible. 

March 17, 2020 – Out of concern for the well-being of Jesuits and province staff, Fr. Provincial Ronald A. Mercier, SJ, has decided to close the offices of the USA Central and Southern Province, effective March 18. The closure is in effect until Wednesday, April 1.

For weeks, Fr. Mercier and his staff have been monitoring the ever-evolving situation with the Coronavirus pandemic. The health and safety of the province’s senior members have been a foremost concern, and procedures are in place to protect them. Visitors are not allowed at the elder care residences, and the Jesuits are restricted from any non-essential appointments.

All staff and members of the province have been advised to postpone travel.

Province employees will work from their homes. some personnel will be in the office periodically, but there will undoubtedly be an interruption in some services. We ask for your patience during these extraordinary times.

The Jesuits encourage friends and donors to be mindful of their spiritual and emotional well-being. A list of online Ignatian Spirituality resources is available through this site. Many Jesuit apostolates are offering online Masses, including (all times Central Time unless otherwise specified):

Recent News

May 28, 2020 - The international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network Fr. Frederic Fornos, SJ, yesterday announced that he has named Fr. Joseph Laramie, SJ, the new national director for the United States.

May 27, 2020 - The Ignatian Spirituality Institute, while closed to in-person services, is working overtime to provide the spiritual guidance necessary to sort through these unprecedented times.

May 25, 2020 – In two of the more memorable and elegantly simple ceremonies in recent history, on May 24 Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall, ordained one priest and five deacons.

May 20, 2020 - Father A. Ferdinand Derrera, SJ, died May 15, 2020, in Grand Coteau, La. He was 96 years old, a Jesuit for 68 years and a priest for 58 years.

May 18, 2020 - In response to calls from both the Society of Jesus and the Church, the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province has established a Commission on Care for Our Common Home.

May 18, 2020 - In his sermon Fr. Paul Deutsch, SJ, challenges us to find the work of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.

May 18, 2020 — Fr. Garanzini succeeds Fr. Michael J. Sheeran, SJ, beginning July 1.

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