Mission and Ministry Changes Leadership

Fri, 07/10/2015

On the Feast of St Ignatius, Dr. John Sebastian will become the new Vice-President for Mission and Ministry, replacing Father Ted Dziak, S.J., who served in this role the past eight years as the first Vice-President of this newly created office.  Father Dziak will become the new University Chaplain.

Dr. John Sebastian has been serving as the director of the Common Curriculum and is an 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. 

As University Chaplain, 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.   

This new position will replace the Office of the Jesuit Center and the change will take place effective July 31, 2015, the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.