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Jesuit Elected New President of the College of the Holy Cross

philip_boroughsJesuit Father Philip L. Boroughs was elected the 32nd president of the College of the Holy Cross by its Board of Trustees, with his position to begin January 2012. Fr. Boroughs, currently vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University succeeds Jesuit Father Michael C. McFarland, who had announced in February that he was stepping down after 11 years. Fr. McFarland will continue as president until Fr. Boroughs arrives.

Boroughs, a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees since 2008, has been professionally involved in Jesuit higher education for 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at Gonzaga, Seattle, and Georgetown universities. He was appointed in 2003 to his current post as Georgetown’s first-ever vice president for mission and ministry, directing numerous programs for faculty, staff, students, and alumni which further Catholic and Jesuit identity.

“From my first days as a member of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees, the distinctive mission of Holy Cross—along with the themes of academic rigor in a liberal arts environment, the commitment to teaching and learning, the emphasis on social justice, meaning and value—have resonated with me,” Boroughs said. “It is an honor and a great privilege to have been selected to join the Holy Cross community as its next president.”

Prior to his time at Georgetown, Fr. Boroughs served as the rector of the Jesuit Community at Seattle University where he was also a faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry and an administrator (1992-2001). Previously, he taught religious studies at Gonzaga University (1989-91), served as the assistant novice director for the Oregon Province of Jesuits (1980-82), and was a parish priest at St. Leo Church in Tacoma, Wash. (1978-80). He is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the University of San Francisco.

For the full article in Georgetown’s The Hoya, click here.

Georgetown Names New Jesuit Rector

Jesuit Father Joseph LinganShare

Jesuit Father Joseph Lingan, the interim president of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., has been named the new rector of Georgetown University’s Jesuit community. He will succeed Jesuit Father John Langan on July 31.

“I have always been aware of Georgetown’s prominence among Jesuit universities,” said Fr. Lingan. “I am humbled to be asked to serve at Georgetown and look forward to becoming an active member of the university community.”

Lingan will be responsible for the university’s 65 Jesuits, who come from various parts of the United States and as far away as Europe and Africa.

“A lot of the work calls for conversations with the individual Jesuits, acting as a religious superior within the community,” Fr. Langan said, reflecting on his time as rector, “and that brings responsibility for the well-being and spiritual growth of the members.”

Prior to his post at Gonzaga, Lingan served as novice master for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus from 2003 to 2010.

Spike-A-Jesuit: Jesuits Bond with Students through Volleyball

Jesuit Father Kevin Fitzgerald eyes the ball before playing it over to the students during Spike-a-Jesuit action.

Jesuit Father Kevin Fitzgerald eyes the ball before playing it over to Georgetown students during a Spike-a-Jesuit game.


For the past 10 years, Georgetown University has held a Jesuit Heritage Week to celebrate the school’s Jesuit character. But one event is more emotional and anticipated than the rest: the annual Spike-A-Jesuit volleyball match.

“I’m a bit of a twisted soul, but I look forward to this match the day after it’s finished,” said Jesuit Father Pat Rogers. “I’m in charge of rallying up the Jesuits and it’s just a lot of fun; we talk it up a whole lot and the guys get really excited about it.”

The Jesuit community had a perfect 8-0 record entering the 2010 match, their first loss. The students defeated the Jesuits for the second year in a row on Feb. 1.

“It’s pretty simple, the students were really quite better than we were,” Fr. Rogers said. “Actually I’m pretty proud of ourselves because we’re a pretty old team, and we get out there and we try and we scrape.”

While the Jesuits lost the first two games and therefore the match in the best-of-three format, both teams decided to keep playing, and the Jesuits won the third and fourth games.

“We started playing as a team, and we have age and wisdom on our side,” said Jesuit Father Matthew Carnes.

Fr. Carnes credited a fundamental Jesuit skill as the reason for their success in volleyball: discernment. “Discerning the weaknesses on the other side, discerning your strengths, and using them to your advantage is what it’s all about,” he said.

As he left the court, Rogers said, “The students better not get too full of themselves, because we will be back.”

For more on the volleyball game, visit the Georgetown Voice.

Georgetown Jesuits Help Students Explore their Vocation

Jesuit Father David Collins

Jesuit Father David Collins


Jesuit Father David Collins helps Georgetown University students discern if they have a vocation to the Society of Jesus as a leader of the Barbistes, a group that gathers for informal meetings, consisting of Mass, dinner and discussion.

The purpose of the group is not to “funnel people into the Society,” said Fr. Collins of the Barbistes, named after the college at the University of Paris where the candidates who first entered the Jesuits met in the 1500s.

Meetings usually include one of campus’s 64 Jesuits, who talks about his current work and reflects on his decision to enter the order.

“Georgetown students have a phenomenal resource in the Jesuits on campus,” said Danny Gustafson (’11), who is currently applying to enter the Society. “Without the Jesuit community here there’s no way I would have even considered applying. I’ve found their support really moving and inspirational.”

“It’s a prayerful way of making a decision,” said Jesuit Father Kevin O’Brien, Executive Director of Campus Ministry. “The students share with one another their desire for the priesthood, their questions and their struggles.”

For more information, read The Hoya’s article on the Barbistes.

Video Provides Portrait of Four Jesuits at Georgetown

Georgetown Jesuits celebrate MassShare

Jesuits at Georgetown, a new video by the Georgetown University Communications Department, provides an intimate portrait of four Jesuits living and working at Georgetown.

The video portrait features Jesuit Father Ryan Maher, Associate Dean and Director of Catholic Studies; Jesuit Father Kevin O’Brien, Executive Director of Campus Ministry; Jesuit Father Christopher Steck, Associate Professor of Theology; and Jesuit Father Matthew Carnes, Assistant Professor of Government.

“This place is alive with questions of religion and religiosity. And frankly, my job is so much fun and interesting and engaging, because I am entrusted to care for all these good people asking great questions,” says Fr. O’Brien. “Real interreligious dialogue must engage the intellect, we must think through questions and engage in serious dialogue; dialogue that will deal with real differences, not just common ground.”

The Jesuits share how they serve as professors and spiritual guides and how they encourage interreligious dialogue and support the diversity of the campus community.

Read more about these Georgetown Jesuits.

Jesuits at Georgetown from Georgetown College on Vimeo.