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Jesuits living among students in college residence halls as “Jesuits-in-Residence” is a tradition the Society of Jesus has embraced across the United States since its earliest schools were founded. Today the tradition continues at many Jesuit colleges and universities, including Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Seattle University and Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.
In a new video, the Ignatian News Network visited students and Jesuits-in-Residence living in community at Georgetown University. Jesuit Father Matthew Carnes explained his role as a Jesuit-in-Residence:
“It’s [about] being mentors, friends and colleagues [with students]. Being gentle correctors at times, but also being those people that can inspire and draw people into living as their better selves.”
According to Jesuit Father Christopher Steck, Jesuits-in-Residence serve their campus community in a unique way. “We’re there both as a witness to the academic enterprise, and we’re also there to say we care about your lives as social people, your lives as people trying to make hard decisions.”
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Announces Jesuit Father Michael J. Sheeran as President
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), which serves the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., has announced that Jesuit Father Michael J. Sheeran will begin his tenure as president on April 1. He succeeds Jesuit Father Gregory F. Lucey, who has served as president since 2011.
“It is a great privilege to lead the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. We will work to advance the mission of Jesuit higher education: to help students lead exemplary lives and grow in service, faith and justice,” said Fr. Sheeran.
Prior to his new post, Fr. Sheeran had been president of Regis University in Denver for 20 years. He also served as the university’s academic vice president and academic dean. Under Fr. Sheeran’s leadership, Regis University’s student enrollment doubled. He also oversaw the development of Regis’ online academic programs, established partnerships with international Jesuit institutions and hosted Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton on campus in 1993.
Fr. Sheeran entered the Society of Jesus in 1957 and was ordained a priest in 1970. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught at Regis University, Saint Louis University and Regis Jesuit High School in Denver.
Jesuit Father Stephen V. Sundborg, AJCU Board of Directors Chair and president of Seattle University, said, “On behalf of the AJCU Board of Directors, I welcome Fr. Sheeran as the new president of AJCU and thank him for his service. We also thank Fr. Lucey for his outstanding leadership over the past two years, and we wish him well in his return to Spring Hill College as its chancellor.” [AJCU]
Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia has appointed Jesuit Father James J. Fleming, current executive vice president of the university, as its tenth president, effective July 1. Fr. Fleming will succeed current president Richard Beyer, who has been president since 2010 but has decided not to seek a second term.
“Wheeling Jesuit University is a great institution possessing even greater potential. I’m excited to work with our exceptional faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends for many years to come to realize this potential,” said Fr. Fleming. “It has been a great privilege to be a part of this community for the past three years and I thank the Board of Trustees for their confidence and the opportunity to continue moving the university forward.”
Chairman of the Wheeling Jesuit Board of Trustees Mimie Helm endorsed Fr. Fleming as an “obvious choice” for president. “Fr. Fleming is ideally suited to serve as president of the university. He is a dynamic and visionary leader who possesses a keen knowledge of the university and, obviously, the Jesuit values on which it was founded and continues to operate,” said Helm.
Fr. Fleming, 53, joined Wheeling Jesuit University in 2010 as the university’s first vice president for mission and identity. He next became chief of staff, and then executive vice president in 2012. He previously served as director of mission planning and assessment for Boston College and was a member of the faculty there from 2000 to 2010.
Fr. Fleming is the author of numerous articles and publications and holds a doctorate in education policy, organization, measurement and evaluation from the University of California, Berkeley. [Wheeling Jesuit University]
The New Year often brings about resolutions to exercise more, but one Jesuit is now offering personal spiritual training for those who want to “work out” a different part of their lives.
Jesuit Father Randy Roche is the director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Recently, Fr. Roche came up with the idea of adapting the personal training approach used for physical training to spirituality and added personal spiritual training to the center’s offerings.
“One day I thought, ‘What if we could be personal trainers for people looking for help with a particular problem or who want to learn how to bring more reflection into their lives?’” Fr. Roche said. “We could offer a less formal version of the Spiritual Exercises for people who know they have a hunger and are looking for someone to guide them.”
The exercises, which include meditating and contemplating, are “spirituality for busy people.” The personal training sessions are designed to meet immediate individual needs and take only the time necessary to help accomplish a goal.
Fr. Roche said most of the participants at the center are LMU faculty and staff members with questions about how to reflect and get in touch with feelings as they relate to making choices. Others need help with striking a balance between thinking and feeling. Once the goal is accomplished, things don’t stop there. Participants can return for maintenance sessions or an occasional spiritual tune-up.
Currently Fr. Roche shares training duties at the center with Jesuit Bishop Gordon Bennett and Anne Hennessy, CSJ. “My dream has always been that there will eventually be some faculty and staff who will do some of the training,” said Fr. Roche.
Fr. Roche has also started a blog for the center. “It lets people comment and add their own take on Ignatian spirituality and it’s open to anyone. We also are on Facebook and I’m writing a weekly spirituality essay for our website,” Fr. Roche said.
For more on Fr. Roche and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at LMU, read the full story at AJCU Connections.
Jesuit Father Alan Fogarty has been appointed the next president of the Gregorian University Foundation, which oversees the fundraising operations of the consortium of three Jesuit institutes of higher education in Rome: the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute.
“Serving the universal church as president of the Gregorian University Foundation is a great opportunity to give myself to the mission of the Society of Jesus in ways previously unimagined. I very much look forward to building relationships in support of the three consortium institutes,” Fr. Fogarty said.
The Society of Jesus’ recent 35th General Congregation declared that the interprovincial institutions in Rome are among the five global apostolic preferences of the Society requiring “special or privileged attention” as “a special mission received directly from the Holy Father.”
Fr. Fogarty will succeed Jesuit Father Robert O’Toole, who has held the position for the past nine years. With this appointment, Fr. Fogarty becomes a member of the Roman Delegation, which is comprised of Jesuits from around the world who make up the international houses, apostolates and colleges associated with the General Curia and Father General Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
“My sincere hope is to build on the fine work of my predecessors and further strengthen the bonds among the alumni and friends of these long-standing pontifical centers of higher learning,” said Fr. Fogarty. “I am also excited about generating bonds with new benefactors and collaborators.”
Fr. Fogarty currently serves as president of St. Paul’s High School in Winnipeg, Canada. He was recently recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service in Winnipeg. Fr. Fogarty will complete his six-year term as president of St. Paul’s on July 31 and, after a sabbatical, begin his new appointment at the foundation in New York City in January 2014. [St. Paul’s High School]