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Jesuit Fellow

Center for Ignatian Spirituality

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality is pleased to announce an in-residence “Jesuit Fellow” position available for any Jesuit around the world interested in spending 4 to 9 months at Boston College during the academic year (September - May) collaborating with the work of The Center and other pastoral ministries. Jesuits who are interested must directly contact the director to explore conditions and availability. In your initial contact to the director, Tomeu Estelrich, please include your CV and a brief explanation of your intentions while at Boston College.

The candidate must have a proficient English level and a fervent desire to exercise his ministerial talents in our community. The Center will provide all the necessary means to succeed in such enterprise.

This program is a joint initiative of The Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Boston College’s Jesuit Community.

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The 2018-2019 Jesuit Fellow

Fr. Kevin Quinn, S.J.

Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., J.D., Ph.D., served as the 25th President of The University of Scranton and Professor of Philosophy from July 2011 to June 2017.  From his first days on campus, Father Quinn demonstrated a commitment to Jesuit Catholic higher education, beginning with a weeklong Inauguration celebration that focused on service, creativity, community and academic excellence.

Grounded in the collaboration and shared commitment of faculty and staff, Father Quinn’s vision was to build on Scranton’s Jesuit and Catholic tradition of serving society by educating students to become ethical and compassionate leaders who infuse the world with faith and justice.  By promoting community service and growing service-learning opportunities, he intended to inspire students to follow the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola “to love and serve in all things.”

During his first year in office, he established The Jesuit Center, a resource to engage and empower faculty and staff to share in Scranton’s mission and to keep its Jesuit and Catholic identity in focus.  The center helps to realize the cura personalis theme of the University’s Strategic Plan that calls for opportunities to help faculty and staff “understand and appreciate the sacred and centuries-old work of Catholic and Jesuit education.”

Prior to becoming president at Scranton, Father Quinn held a variety of positions in higher education.  From 2006 to 2011, he served as the executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and as a professor of law at Santa Clara University.  As the center’s executive director, Father Quinn was responsible for developing and overseeing programs that engaged faculty, staff, students and the broader community in advancing Santa Clara’s Jesuit Catholic commitment to integrate faith, justice and the intellectual life both locally and globally.

As a professor of law, he offered a seminar on bioethics and the law at Santa Clara and earlier taught full-time at Georgetown University Law Center from 1994 to 2006.  Father Quinn’s legal scholarship is primarily in healthcare ethics and includes book chapters and journal pieces on issues of end-of-life decision-making, stem cell research and justice in healthcare.

Father Quinn currently serves on the boards of Spring Hill College and CRISPAZ (Cristianos Por La Paz en El Salvador).  He has served on numerous other boards, including the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities (AJCU), Loyola Marymount University, Canisius College, Le Moyne College, Loyola University New Orleans, and Bon Secours Health System Inc.  He was a member of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education from 2002 to 2005.

Father Quinn earned his Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served on the board of editors of the California Law Review.  After law school, he served as law clerk for Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.  He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the District of Columbia.  Father Quinn earned an S.T.L. with a concentration in moral theology and a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (now the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University).  He is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fordham University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history.  

A native of New York, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1973 and was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1985.

Father Quinn will be the Jesuit Fellow at The Center for Ignatian Spirituality from September 4, 2018 to May 31, 2019.

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The 2017-2018 Jesuit Fellow

Fr. Scott N. Brodeur, S.J.

Scott N. Brodeur, a Scholar of the College and member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 1979, having majored in philosophy and French in the School of Arts and Sciences. He entered the Society of Jesus the following year and then studied philosophy at the Jesuits’ institute in Paris, Centre Sèvres, theology and ministry at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA (now B.C.’s School of Theology and Ministry), biblical languages (Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic) and exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he earned his doctorate in 1994. Ordained to the priesthood in 1990, he professed his final vows in the Society of Jesus in 1996. He began teaching biblical exegesis and theology fulltime in the Theology Faculty of the Gregorian in 1995, and served as prefect of studies for the Jesuit scholastics in Rome from 1995 to 2000.

He is presently professor ordinarius of the Gregorian’s Theology Faculty, an elected member of the dean’s council and the faculty’s delegate to the theology department of the Catholic University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Specializing in the Pauline corpus, Fr. Brodeur has taught the Gospel to over 4,000 students from approximately 100 countries, and his doctoral students, both past and present, presently number almost 50. He preaches and lectures in Italian, English, French and Portuguese, has taught in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and regularly leads study tours and pilgrimages to Greece, Turkey and Rome in the footsteps of the apostles. Every semester he also teaches English-speaking priests in the sabbatical program (the Institute of Continuing Theological Education) at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

His academic interests include Pauline ethics and eschatology, Second Temple Judaism, ancient Greek and Hellenistic rhetoric and philosophy and Greco-Roman religion. He is the author of The Holy Spirit’s Agency in the Resurrection of the Dead: An Exegetico-Theological Study of 1Corinthians 15:44b-49 and Romans 8:9-13, TG.T 14, Roma 1996; Il cuore di Paolo è il cuore di Cristo. Studio introduttivo esegetico-teologico delle lettere Paoline. Primo volume: Introduzione generale, Figura di Paolo di Tarso, Prima Lettera ai Tessalonicesi, Lettera ai Galati, Lettere dalla prigionia, Lettera ai Filippesi, Lettera a Filemone, Theologia 2, Roma 2010 and Il cuore di Cristo è il cuore di Paolo. Studio introduttivo esegetico-teologico delle lettere Paoline. Secondo volume: Prima Lettera ai Corinzi, Seconda Lettera ai Corinzi, Lettera ai Romani, Vangelo Paolino, Attualizzazione ermeneutica della Parola di Dio, Theologia 11, Roma 2013.

Fr. Brodeur’s email address is

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The 2016-2017 Jesuit Fellow

Fr. Joseph A. Appleyard, S.J.

Joseph A. Appleyard graduated from Boston College in 1953 and entered the Society of Jesus that year.  He received a doctorate from Harvard University in English Literature in 1964.  After philosophy studies at Weston College and theology studies at Maastricht, The Netherlands, he was ordained a priest in 1966. He was assistant Catholic chaplain at Oxford University from 1966 to 1967.

At Boston College he taught English literature (1967-1997) and was chair of the English Department (1979-1982), director of the Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences (1987-1997), Rector of the Jesuit Community (1991-1997), and Vice President for University Mission and Ministry (1998-2010).  From 2010 to 2015 he was executive assistant to the Provincial superior of the New England Jesuits.

He is the author of Coleridge’s Philosophy of Literature, Becoming a Reader: The Experience of Fiction from Childhood to Adulthood, and Touching Mountains: The Imagination and Surrounding Country.

Fr. Appleyard's email address is