— Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., the Provincial Superior of the newly combined Chicago-Detroit Province, is John Carroll University’s 2011 keynote commencement speaker. The graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 22, at noon on the Rodman Hall Terrace of campus. Father Kesicki’s commencement address coincides with the University’s 125th anniversary celebration. Learn more about John Carroll’s rich history, as well as its devotion to the Jesuit education vision and mission at www.jcu.edu/125.
Fr. Kesicki, a 1984 John Carroll University graduate, was named Provincial of the Detroit Province in 2008. Following that appointment, he was also named Provincial of the Chicago Province in 2009. The two provinces were officially united in January 2011. The beloved former president of Cleveland’s Saint Ignatius High School (2000—2008) received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from John Carroll and previously was a member of the University’s Board of Directors. He entered the Society of Jesus at Loyola House Jesuit Novitiate at Berkley, Michigan, in 1984. His formation as a Jesuit included philosophical studies at Loyola University Chicago, theological studies at Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, and studies in educational administration at Teacher’s College in Columbia, New York. From 1988 to 1991, Fr. Kesicki worked at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, where he taught Theology, directed the service program, and served on the pastoral team. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1994. After his ordination, Fr. Kesicki worked for a year at the Jesuit Refugee Service in Adjumania, Uganda, and then taught theology at Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan, until 2000. John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. The University was renamed in 1923 to honor America’s first Catholic Bishop, John Carroll of Maryland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world. John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.