SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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.
“We welcome Fr. O’Brien as the next dean of the Jesuit School of
Theology,” said Michael E. Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara
University. “His impressive leadership experience positions him well to
help JST become a premier national and international center of graduate
theological teaching, research, and ministerial formation. He brings
passion as well as broad pastoral, managerial, and administrative
experience needed for this complex role.”
In his current role, Fr. 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
Fr. 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. As a Jesuit he has worked and lived in India, Mexico,
and Bolivia, and served with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Los Angeles
and on the Arizona-Mexico border.
“I am honored to serve as dean of JST, where I hope to deepen a rich
collaborative environment in which the leadership of faculty is engaged
for the benefit of the students and the University. Focusing on
contextualized theological education, JST helps the Church think through
complex contemporary issues. I also look forward to exploring how JST
can help Santa Clara deepen its mission as a Catholic and Jesuit
university,” said Fr. O’Brien.
Fr. O’Brien serves on the board of trustees at Marquette University, and
was previously on the boards of trustees of Washington Jesuit Academy,
the Jesuit Collaborative, the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice,
and Boston College.
Fr. O’Brien received his licentiate in sacred theology and master of
divinity degrees from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now part of
Boston College); his M.A. in philosophy from Fordham University; a J.D.
with honors from University of Florida College of Law; and a B.A. in
government, summa cum laude, from Georgetown.
About the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, located in
Berkeley, California, is a preeminent international center for the
culturally contextualized study of theology. Its mission is to inspire
and prepare men and women to become leaders in the Church, academy, and
society, serving others through a faith that does justice. Rooted in
Ignatian spirituality, JST-SCU educates and trains Jesuits, religious,
ordained, and lay students from across the United States and from 40
other countries for lives dedicated to ministry and scholarship.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university
located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley,
offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in
arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in
business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and
theology; and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished
nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S.
master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education
institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social
justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
SCU Media Relations
Deborah Lohse, 408-554-5121