Bisson was serving as socius (assistant) to the provincial and acting provincial
when the appointment was announced. He succeeds Rev. Jim Webb, SJ, whose
ill health precipitated the change in leadership.
Bisson, 54, is a native of Edmunston, NB, and entered the Society of Jesus
at 26 after receiving a BA from McGill University. He has a doctorate in
theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a master of
theology and Licence in Sacred Theology from Regis College, the Jesuit
Faculty in the Toronto School of Theology, affiliated with the University
of Toronto. His master of divinity and bachelor of sacred theology are
also from Regis College. His master of arts in philosophy is from Loyola
University of Chicago, while his master of arts in religion is from Columbia
University in New York. He speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.
The Jesuits, an order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church, have worked in Canada for about 400 years. They have responsibility for the direction of schools, colleges, parishes, retreat houses and social justice ministries that span the country from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver. There are currently 154 Jesuits in English Canada.