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):
Brebeuf Jesuit Community at St Louis University High School - Monday - Friday at 5:00 p.m., Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
April 2, 2020 - So much has changed in our world in the past month. One thing remains the same: our gratitude and concern for our friends and benefactors. Father Provincial Ronald A. Mercier sends a brief message.
March 27, 2020 - Human needs continue during social distancing. The Social Ministry office of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City, Mo., has volunteers and professionals working to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the parish community.