The following comes from a March 22 Santa Clara University press release:
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.
In his current role, Father 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 employees.
Father 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.