Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fr. Patrick Howell, S.J.Now Lead Jesuit At Seattle University

Key Jesuit leadership appointment announced
April 24, 2008
Pat Howell, S.J., named new rector of SU Jesuit community
Patrick Howell, S.J., has been named to the top religious post of rector to the Jesuit Community at Seattle University. Father Howell will continue his current responsibility as vice president of Mission and Ministry until his new role begins July 31. Fr. Howell will succeed Peter Ely, S.J., who will complete his term of service for the SU Jesuit community and will be taking a sabbatical to write a book. "I congratulate Fr. Howell in this appointment to service on behalf of the Society of Jesus," said SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

"We Jesuits welcome him as our next religious superior, and we look forward to his continuing contribution to the mission of the university when he is rector." Appointed rector last week by the Very Rev. Father Adolfo Nicolas, S.J, superior general of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Fr. Howell's primary function for the six-year term will be to support and promote the Jesuit community's work at SU.

"The appointment came as a surprise, but as a great honor," Fr. Howell said. "We have a wonderful, energetic, deeply committed Jesuit community and I know they will buoy me up in this job." Fr. Howell entered the Society of Jesus in 1961 after earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Gonzaga University.

He received his masters degree in English literature from Boston College, studied at the Gregorian University in Rome, and earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Catholic University of America in 1985.

Prior to his role as vice president of Mission and Ministry at SU, Fr. Howell served as dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, and authored two books, Reducing the Storm to a Whisper: the Story of a Breakdown and A Spiritguide through Times of Darkness. His writings also appear regularly in a religion column for The Seattle Times.

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