Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States

Central and Southern

Jesuit Conference of
Canada and the United States
Abbreviation JCCUS
Established 2014; 7 years ago (2014)
Purpose Jesuit collaboration
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Region served
North America
Jesuit Provinces
  • Canada
  • USA East
  • USA Central & Southern
  • USA Midwest
  • USA West
Canada & US Jesuit Provinces
Timothy Kesicki, S.J.
Parent organization
Society of Jesus

Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States is the collaborating body of the five provincial superiors of the Society of Jesus in Canada and the United States. [1][2] The Conference includes the Jesuit provinces in both countries: one in Canada, and four in the United States: USA East,[3] USA Central and Southern,[4]USA Midwest,[5] and USA West[6]Provinces. The Conference hosts the province websites.

From 2014 to 2017 the Jesuit provinces in the United States were consolidated.[7][8] Some had divided in the 1950s when they reached maximum size, to become California, Chicago-Detroit, Maryland, Missouri, New England, New Orleans, New York, Oregon, and Wisconsin, known collectively as the US Assistancy. In the new grouping, New England and New York have formed USA Northeast Province which was renamed USA East Province when Maryland later joined the grouping, Missouri and New Orleans became USA Central and Southern Province, Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin have joined to become Midwest Province, and Oregon and California became USA West Province. There was some adjustment of boundary lines. The Jesuits have more ministries in the United States than they did at their peak of membership, largely because of lay partnerships and diversification of ministries.[9]

The conference is led by a president, who also serves as chair of the Conference board. The administrative offices are in Washington, D.C., with eight on the full-time staff.[6]


The Conference website is a source of information about the Jesuits,[10] their works,[11] their spirituality,[12] about Jesuits worldwide,[13] and about becoming a Jesuit.[14] Through Press Center on the Conference website, news of interest to Jesuits is presented from sources worldwide.[11] The Conference also has a presence on Facebook.[15]

Social justice

Since its 32nd General Congregation in 1972, the Society of Jesus has made the promotion of justice a central part of all of its works. The Conference facilitates cooperation toward this end among the various Jesuit works, and among those in any way connected to the Jesuits.[16]

The Jesuits’ Office of Justice and Ecology at the Conference engages with "legislators, public officials, corporations and the Jesuit network on issues including immigration and economic, criminal, juvenile and environmental justice."[17] It also carries worldwide news on ecological initiatives, especially Jesuit initiatives.[18]

The Jesuit Refugee Service, active in over 50 countries, through its local branch overseen by the Conference ministers principally to the spiritual needs of detained refugees and immigrants. An outgrowth of this has been the Kino Border Initiative for which the Jesuit provincials have shown concerted support.[19]

The Press Center disseminates news of organizations like the Ignatian Solidarity Network and its annual Ignatian Family Teach-in.[20] It also carries on its own news and advocacy efforts on its website.[21]

See also


  1. ^ "Announcing the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  2. ^ "Statement of the Jesuits of the United States and Canada on helping migrants". St. Therese Catholic Church. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  3. ^ "Homepage | USA Northeast". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  4. ^ "Jesuits Central and Southern |". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  5. ^ "Midwest Jesuits | Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  6. ^ a b Marcus. "About Us The Jesuits". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  7. ^ "Missouri Province Celebrates 150 Years of Service". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  8. ^ "Oregon and California Province Websites Have Been Combined". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  9. ^ "Mergers continue for Jesuit provinces in the US". Crux. 2014-12-03. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  10. ^ Marcus. "About Us The Jesuits". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  11. ^ a b "Press Center Press Center". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  12. ^ "Ignatian Spirituality Finding God in All Things". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  13. ^ "Jesuits Worldwide Our Universal Vocation". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  14. ^ "Jesuit Vocations Home". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  15. ^ "Jesuits of Canada and the United States". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  16. ^ "What We Do The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  17. ^ "What We Do The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  18. ^ "Press Release". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  19. ^ "Provincials from US and Canada visit Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, AZ". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  20. ^ "Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice | November 4–6, 2017". Ignatian Solidarity Network. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  21. ^ "Jesuit Advocates". Retrieved 2018-01-01.

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