Howard Gray, SJ, Named Jesuit Institute Fellow

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Jesuit Institute's visiting fellow for the 1996-97 year will research how higher education institutions can reflect Jesuit spirituality and will use Boston College as a proving ground.

Howard J. Gray, SJ, former provincial of the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus and faculty member at several Jesuit institutions, will lead discussions with Jesuit and lay members of the Boston College community and will design a framework for integrating Jesuit spirituality into the University's academic, residential, service and other aspects. This initiative, to be supported by the Jesuit Community and the University, would be implemented in the 1997-98 academic year.

As an introduction to his project, Fr. Gray also will conduct a seminar on the role of Ignatian spirituality in university life.

Howard Gray, SJ.
Fr. Gray was provincial for the Detroit Province from 1983-89, and executive director of the Detroit Province Spirituality Team from 1991-95. He was an associate professor of Spiritual Theology at Weston School of Theology from 1977-83 - he also served as dean from 1982-83 - and an adjunct professor in Spiritual Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif. During his time at Weston, he lectured occasionally at Boston College. He also has taught at Fordham and John Carroll universities, Loyola University of New Orleans and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Fr. Gray's publications include An Experience In Ignatian Government, Studies In the Spirituality of the Jesuits and numerous articles. He earned a bachelor's degree in English and classics, a licentiate in philosophy and a licentiate in sacred theology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a doctorate in English from the University of Wisconsin.

The Jesuit Institute Visiting Fellowship program brings scholars to Boston College to work on an issue or theme reflecting the institute's aim of strengthening the University's Catholic and Jesuit character through interdisciplinary research.

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