Jesuit Leadership Update

As previously announced this spring, Rev. Benjamin B. Hawley, S.J.’s tenure as pastor and director of Catholic campus ministry at St. Mary Student parish will end on July 31, 2018.

St. Mary Student Parish will host two farewell receptions to honor Rev. Hawley, S.J. on May 20, 2018 following the 8:30 AM mass and 12:00 PM mass in Newman Hall. Those who wish to write a personal note of gratitude, share a memory, or wish him well, are invited to pick up a blank memory book page from the parish atrium. We ask completed pages be returned to the box in the atrium or the parish office by Sunday, May 6th.

On behalf of the Jesuits USA Midwest Province, we are excited to share that Rev. James G. Gartland, S.J. has been appointed as the parish administrator at St. Mary Student Parish for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Rev. Gartland, S.J., pictured left, was the rector of the Saint Peter Faber Jesuit Community at Boston College from 2012 to 2018. He was part of the founding team of Chicago’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in 1996 and served as its president from 2004 to 2012.

Previously he served as pastor of St. Procopius, a Mexican immigrant parish in Chicago, from 1994 to 1999. After teaching theology at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., for three years, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1983. He taught in Peru from 1987 to 1990 and was ordained a priest in 1993.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University, master’s degrees in philosophy and religious education from Loyola University Chicago, and a master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Rev. Gartland, S.J. will begin as parish administrator on October 1st and will serve in this role through the 2018-2019 academic year.

Fr. Joseph Wagner, S.J. has been appointed interim parish administrator, beginning August 1st and extending through September 30th. A formal pastoral appointment by the Jesuits USA Midwest Province will be made in the late spring of 2019.

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