Changes: Father Dziak Becomes University Chaplain and John Sebastian Becomes Vice-President for M&M

Jesuit IHS

Sat, 04/18/2015

From the Office of the President

Dear Members of the University Community,

I am writing to you today about some important and exciting changes in our Office of Mission and Ministry that, I believe, will continue to strengthen our ongoing work in this crucial area.

To continue to give our Catholic and Jesuit mission its highest priority, I am pleased to announce the newly created position of university chaplain. Father Ted Dziak, S.J., has been appointed to fill this new role.

In his new position, Fr. Dziak will focus on programs that foster Ignatian spirituality and contribute to the spiritual life of the university community, its alumni, and the larger New Orleans Catholic community, including:

  • Increasing opportunities for the greater Loyola community to experience the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
  • Expanding efforts to link Loyola with the local, national, and international Jesuit network of apostolates and educational institutions and to lead the recruitment of Jesuit faculty and staff to the university
  • Leading vocational discernment on campus by promoting vocations and providing students with the tools necessary to consider and navigate a path to serving the Church as priests, sisters, brothers, and lay pastoral ministers
  • Serving as the alumni chaplain and the chaplain to the Board of Trustees

This new position will replace the Office of the Jesuit Center, requiring no increase in the university’s operating budget, and the change will take place effective July 31, 2015, the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Replacing Fr. Dziak as vice president of Mission and Ministry will be Dr. John Sebastian, currently the director of the Common Curriculum and associate professor of English. Dr. Sebastian was among the first faculty members to participate in the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP), an 18-month mission formation program sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), and has since spearheaded a similar program for our own faculty called the Ignatian Faculty Fellows, currently in its third cohort. His scholarly work reflects and expresses his faith commitment, and he is truly committed and dedicated to our Catholic and Jesuit mission here at Loyola.

In his new role, Dr. Sebastian will focus on strengthening and developing activities and programs for the formation and continuing education of faculty and staff in the university’s Jesuit identity and mission. He will continue to work with the Office of Mission and Ministry and the new university chaplain to help facilitate, coordinate, and expand the spiritual offerings for the Loyola community. Provost Marc Manganaro, Ph.D., will lead the search to fill Dr. Sebastian’s post in Common Curriculum over the next few months.

Finally, I want to thank publicly Fr. James C. Carter, S.J. for his many years of service as alumni chaplain at Loyola. His continued leadership, spiritual guidance, and friendship to our community are a blessing to us all, and we appreciate all his work on our behalf. Jim will continue to serve the university in the classroom and as president emeritus, for which I am most grateful!

With prayers and best wishes,


Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J.

Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

17 April 2015

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