Santa Clara’s Jesuit School of Theology gets new dean

Kevin O’Brien, S.J., currently at Georgetown, will take new post on August 1
Kevin O'Brien, S.J., Georgetown University’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry will become the dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University on Aug. 1, 2016. (photo from SCU press release)

Kevin O’Brien, S.J., Georgetown University’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry will become the dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University on August 1, 2016. (photo from SCU press release)

The following comes from a March 22 Santa Clara University press release:

Kevin O’Brien, S.J., an experienced ministerial leader with a background in theology, philosophy, and law, will be the new dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST-SCU). Fr. O’Brien, a Jesuit priest and Georgetown University’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry, will take the helm of JST-SCU on August 1, 2016.

JST-SCU is a leading institution in Catholic theological studies and ministry, providing seven graduate-level degrees to over 170 students, ordained and lay, representing more than 40 countries. JST-SCU is one of two theologates in the U.S. that provides advanced degrees and education to members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Roman Catholic Order of priests and brothers. Its Instituto Hispano is a thriving summer certification program to train pastoral ministers within Latino communities of the Church, and its Women of Wisdom and Action program provides advanced theological degrees to women religious leaders from under-resourced regions in Asia.

In his current role, Father O’Brien is responsible for promoting Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit educational and spiritual tradition throughout five campuses. Through seminars, retreats, immersions, and ministerial outreach, as well as through his leadership of the largest campus ministry program in the country, he manages a team of 47 employees.

Father O’Brien has written extensively on Ignatian spirituality and Catholic Social Thought. He is author of the award-winning book, The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life.

Comments

  1. Does Georgetown have a good reputation for being a Catholic university that ensures that its students know their faith or is it a place that teaches in the “catholic tradition?”

  2. O’Brien is responsible for Georgetown’s Catholic tradition? What a joke. Next month, Georgetown is hosting Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood. The Cardinal Newman Society said that this “is the latest in a long history of scandal” at Georgetown, and by inviting Richards who “is herself responsible for the deaths of more than two million babies under her watch, Georgetown demonstrates that it does not understand the nature of a Catholic university.” Now O’Brien will be spreading his corruption further.

  3. Last year, Dean O’Brien was a keynote speaker at IgnatianQ. “IgnatianQ: The Ignatian LGBTQ & Ally Conference is a student-led conference that focuses on the intersections of faith, sexuality, and social justice in a Jesuit campus context. IgnatianQ hopes to educate the whole person by creating safe spaces for dialogue, reconciliation, understanding, growth, and community building. The conference provides students with the opportunity to build their support network with students at Jesuit institutions all over the country as they continue LGBTQ work at their respective schools.”

    • Thank you for this insightful comment. Fr. Z reproduced it in his commentary of this CCD article.

      I also found hilarious the comment that Shannon Minter, active in Lesbian affairs and now Barack Hussein Obama’s appointee is a transgendered ex-man. What I found hilarious is that he remains a guy that likes women but lacks the wedding tackle. It is a mad, mad, mad, world and we are the cast of characters in the play.

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  6. Michael McDermott says

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