Jesuit Named to Boston College Mission and Ministry Position

Jesuit Father Jack Butler, the current director of vocations for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus and the director of Manresa House at Boston College has been named vice president for university mission and ministry at BC.

“Prior to coming to BC, I had worked in prison ministry with violent offenders and I never thought of higher education as a career option, but I have fallen in love with BC and the higher education apostolate,” said Fr. Butler.  “I believe in this ministry, in our faith and our commitment to Jesuit, Catholic education. To help articulate and proclaim that belief is exciting to me.”

Fr. Butler, who has worked at Boston College since becoming a campus minister in 2002, succeeds Jesuit Father Joseph Appleyard, who has been named assistant and advisor to the New England provincial, Very Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ.

“I believe that Mission and Ministry can be a department that helps to set the tone for the larger University, where people are challenged to be caring, to be excited and to be free to be the people God has chosen them to be,” said Fr. Butler. “Ultimately, the goal is to become a University where, through our academics, service programs and personal reflection, men and women can find their deepest desire, which is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality.”

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