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Fr. John Cecero, S.J

Trustee Member


  • Board of Trustees


John J. Cecero, S.J. is Vice President for Mission Integration and Ministry, following six years of service as the Jesuit Provincial of the USA Northeast Province. He is also a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology. In this new role at Fordham, he assumes responsibility for the advancement of the Jesuit and Catholic mission of the university, in collaboration with other campus units. The following offices, centers, and programs report to him: Campus Ministry; the Center for Community Engaged Learning; and the Center on Religion and Culture.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Fr. Cecero entered the Society of Jesus immediately following graduation from St. Joseph’s Prep. He received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Philosophy from Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) in May 1982, followed by Master of Divinity (1988) and Master of Theology (1989) degrees from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1989.

Fr. Cecero then pursued doctoral studies in clinical psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at the completion of a one-year clinical internship at the Boston VA Hospital, he was awarded the Ph.D. in 1996. Following a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in substance abuse treatments at Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry, he came to Fordham as a professor, rector of the Fordham Jesuit Community (2007-2013) and member of the Fordham Board of Trustees (2008-2014) on which he chaired the Mission and Identity Committee.

In addition to maintaining a part-time psychotherapy practice, he has given numerous workshops and presentations on spirituality, mental health, and inspirational leadership to clergy and religious. He has published widely around lifetrap theory and practice, and he is the author of Praying Through Our Lifetraps: A Psycho-Spiritual Path to Freedom, a book-length guide published in 2002 by Resurrection Press.  He is also the author of a series of audio presentations that were produced in 2009 under the title Spirituality, Psychology and Virtue: A Catholic’s Guide to a Flourishing Life.