Father Rickle is a native of Baltimore, MD. He did graduate studies in theology at Loyola University, Chicago and the Centro de Reflexión Teológica in Mexico City, Mexico and in sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York and Temple University, Philadelphia where he earned the Ph.D., with a specialization in Race and Ethnic Relations and the Sociology of Religion. Having studied and worked in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Chicago, Spain and New York, taught sociology at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, been director of Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, pastor of Old St. Joseph’s Church in that city and Field Specialist with the National Office of Jesuit Social and International Ministries, he brings a wealth of academic, practical administrative and pastoral experience.
Fr. Rickle served for ten years as Provincial Assistant for Latino Ministries of the Maryland Province Jesuits (Pennsylvania to North Carolina). He served two three year terms on the Board of Directors of CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.
From 2008 to 2013 he was Superior of the new Colombière Jesuit Community in Baltimore, an assisted living facility for Jesuit priests and brothers.
He joined the administration of Wheeling Jesuit University in the fall of 2013 as Senior Vice President for Mission and Ministry until December of 2016.
In January of 2017 he joined the Campus Ministry team of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA as Chaplain to the Athletic and Student Life Departments.
Fr. Rickle now serves the Loyola University Maryland community as Alumni Chaplain, collaborating with the Office of Alumni Engagement.