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Father O'Brien is New VP for Mission and Ministry

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Rev. Kevin F. O’Brien, S.J., the former executive director of campus ministry, was named vice president of mission and ministry this past Thursday. He is the second Jesuit to hold this position after Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J.

August 26, 2011 – Rev. Kevin F. O’Brien, S.J., has agreed to begin serving as Georgetown’s new vice president of mission and ministry immediately, President John J. DeGioia announced Thursday.

A 1988 graduate of the College, O’Brien has served the university community as executive director of campus ministry since 2008.

“I am deeply grateful that Father O’Brien has agreed to take on this important new role,” DeGioia says. “As executive director of campus ministry, he has overseen the ministry programs of numerous faith traditions on all three campuses and provided valuable guidance to our students, faculty and staff.”

Mission-Focused Programs

O’Brien also serves as the Jesuit-in-Residence in Copley Hall, and coordinated spring break service immersion trips to El Salvador in 2010 and the Arizona/Mexico border in 2011. Founded in 2003, the Office of Mission and Ministry is committed to promoting the university’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and the values it espouses.

“Father O’Brien will oversee the office in its work to implement a variety of mission-focused programs, seminars, days of recollection, retreats and reflection series which promote the Catholic and Jesuit character of Georgetown with faculty, staff, students, alumni and a number of university boards,” DeGioia explains. “He will also coordinate programs that contribute to the formation of lay colleagues in the Jesuit tradition.”

Lengthy Experience

Before returning to Georgetown as a university leader, O’Brien served as associate pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Washington, D.C.

He has taught philosophy and ethics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and assisted in the Office of University Mission and Ministry at Fordham University. The Jesuit has extensive experience in both university and community ministry and is a published scholar and lecturer in Georgetown’s theology department.

In addition to his Georgetown degree, Fr. O’Brien holds a J.D. from the University of Florida, an M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University, and a master’s of divinity and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

A Proud Tradition

O’Brien succeeds Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., who became the first Jesuit to hold the position.

Boroughs will become president of the College of Holy Cross in Massachusetts in January 2012.

“I am sincerely grateful to Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J. for his service and leadership as Vice President of Mission and Ministry since 2003,” DeGioia says. “I look forward to continuing this important work with Father O’Brien as we carry out our mission in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition.”

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