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):

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July 30, 2020 - Father Jack Zupez shares his thoughts on how we can emerge from this pandemic better and stronger — as one people under God.

July 28, 2020 - Father Thomas E.J. Kelly, SJ, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the Fusz Pavilion in St. Louis. He was 81 years old, a Jesuit for almost 56 years and a priest for 41 years.

July 30, 2020 - The 30th class in ASC program history remains committed to serve their schools, even amid a deadly pandemic.

July 23, 2020 - Cristiano Casalini and Fr. Claude Pavur, SJ, have collaborated on a new translation of Joseph de Jouvancy’s The Way to Learn and the Way to Teach. i

July 21, 2020 - The priestly ordinations of Jesuits David Lugo and Matthew Stewart were postponed from June 13 to August 15. While they wait, they shared a few reflections on the delay and this extraordinary time.

June 22, 2020 – During the coronavirus pandemic, the Thensted Center in Grand Coteau, La., refocused its mission to distribute food bags, frozen prepared dinners and hygiene items/household cleaning supplies to those in need.

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