New leadership in Campus Ministry
Last spring, Loyola said a bittersweet farewell to Rev. Jack Dennis, S.J., director of Campus Ministry, as he assumed his new role as president of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Ind. As the University continues its search for a person to fill this important role permanently, Rev. Tim Brown, S.J., special assistant for mission integration, has agreed to serve as interim director of Campus Ministry, and Rev. John Murray, S.J., has joined Loyola as chaplain.
As chaplain, Fr. Murray will assist Fr. Brown and the Campus Ministry staff in supporting the spiritual and liturgical life of the Loyola University Maryland community by joining in the development and coordination of student retreats, liturgical ministries, leadership opportunities, small faith communities, and pastoral care and outreach; collaborating with other departments across campus, especially within the student development division, to promote Campus Ministry opportunities and to reach out to a broader student audience; and actively promoting the Catholic and Jesuit identity of Loyola University Maryland while working in close collaboration with an energetic and experienced team of both professional campus ministers and student staff. Fr. Murray will also preside at daily and Sunday Eucharistic liturgies, serve as coordinator of seasonal prayer and devotions, assist with liturgical formation of students, and provide support during campus emergencies, community member hospitalizations, and to students and others experiencing grief and loss.
Fr. Murray comes to Loyola from the New England Province of the Society of Jesus, where he has been a priest for 25 years. Most recently, he served as director of Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Mass. He has also worked in both secondary and higher education, as principal of Bishop Connolly High School and as internal consultant for Ignatian spirituality at Boston College.
“I look forward to companioning with students, staff, and faculty in searching through the spiritual gifts in their lives and in finding God in all things,” said Fr. Murray.
Fr. Brown, who is also an associate professor of law and social responsibility, has been a member of the Loyola community for many years, serving as co-founder and co-director of what is now the Center for Community Service and Justice beginning in 1992 before becoming provincial of the Maryland Province Society of Jesus. He returned to the University in 2008 to resume teaching in the Sellinger School of Business and Management and later assumed the newly created role of special assistant for mission integration, in which he promotes opportunities for the personal transformative development of faculty, administrators, and staff, encouraging them to view their work as part of a larger effort to serve the common good and explore the many ways faith and justice lie at the heart of Loyola’s mission.
“Fr. Brown’s great depth of experience and extraordinary commitment to Loyola, its students, and its mission make him the ideal person to lead Campus Ministry during this period of transition, and I am grateful to him for his willingness to take on these additional responsibilities,” said University President Brian F. Linnane, S.J.