Fr. Michael Czerny, S.J.


The Rev. Dr. Michael Czerny, S.J., joined the Society of Jesus out of Loyola High School in Montreal, and was ordained in 1973. He earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1978. In 1979, he co-founded the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto, where he was director until 1989. He then became vice-rector of the University of Central America in San Salvador and Director of its Human Rights Institute. From 1992 to 2002, he served as the social justice secretary at the Jesuit General Curia in Rome. In 2002, he founded the African Jesuit AIDS Network and led it until 2009; in that period he also taught at Hekima College in Nairobi. From 2010 to 2016 he assisted Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. In 2016, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Czerny an under-secretary, co-responsible for the Migrants and Refugees Section in the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.