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Fr. Douglas Marcouiller
Missouri Jesuits’ Final Leader Steps Down as Province Unites with New Orleans

Missouri Provincial Fr. Douglas Marcouiller will end five years of leadership on July 31 when the Missouri Province joins with the New Orleans Province to create a new entity, part of a larger reorganization of the Society of Jesus in the U.S.

The new province, Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province, at more than a million square miles, will stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rocky Mountains and from Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond to the Central American nation of Belize. Roughly 400 Jesuits who are members of the worldwide Society of Jesus, a religious order of Catholic men, will serve the new combined province.

The new province will take effect July 31 on the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuits’ 16th-century Spanish founder. On that day, New Orleans…

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