Page 18 - Fall2016
P. 18


Jesuits making an impact on
campus and in the community

The impact of the 10 Jesuits who      program. Jesuit STRONG —             its have roles on campus, two
make up the Jesuit communi-           Scholars Trained and Ready for       members have additional re-
ty at Wheeling Jesuit University      Our Next Generation — gives          sponsibilities that stretch beyond
reaches far beyond the bound-         high-achieving graduates of Cris-    the campus — one whose work
aries of the campus — their work      to Rey High Schools from across      makes an impact on the lives of
is helping people in the Wheel-       the country, an affordable way to    many throughout West Virgin-
ing community and across West         receive a Jesuit college education.  ia; and one whose presence will
Virginia.                             In this role, Fr. Tampe will teach   leave a footprint in the Wheeling
                                      the Jesuit STRONG freshman           community.
    From teaching and counseling      seminar, coordinate on-cam-
WJU students to serving and de-       pus internships for the students,        Rev. Brian O’Donnell, S.J. is
veloping programs for the people      provide one-on-one academic          executive secretary of the Cath-
in Wheeling and the state of West     counseling and help the stu-         olic Conference of West Virginia,
Virginia, the Jesuit Community is     dents make a seamless transition     as well as serving as director of
touching the lives of many indi-      into WJU. Additionally, Tampe        the Department of Social Minis-
viduals each and everyday.            is teaching two undergraduate        tries; both are positions with the
                                      classes —­ one in religion and one   Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
    “All the Jesuits at WJU work      international studies.               His work throughout the state is
to support spiritual nurturing and                                         embodies the WJU mission to be
growth, both on campus and                “Each of these 10 priests at     a person for others. Through his
throughout the Diocese of Wheel-      WJU plays a uniquely Jesuit role     efforts at the state legislature and
ing-Charleston. We not only           on campus. One aspect of being       with state agencies, Fr. O’Donnell
minister to the needs of our stu-     a Jesuit in this millennium is to    represents the interests of the
dents, we also impact the greater     work well in partnership with        hungry, the impoverished, the im-
community through our daily           others. While there is no denying    prisoned and the sick. In addition,
Masses on campus and with the         the distinctive role of a Jesuit at  Fr. O’Donnell has worked on a
Sisters at Mount St. Joseph, not to   a Jesuit university, learning how    series of pastoral letters on health
mention our service to projects in    to lead by example, by working       and poverty issues in West Vir-
the city and across the state,” said  with others is a model of servant    ginia for The Most. Rev. Michael J.
Rev. Jim Conroy, S.J., superior of    leadership needed in the 21st        Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese
WJU’s Jesuit Community.               century,” said WJU President, Rev.   of Wheeling-Charleston.
                                      James Fleming, S.J.
    Rev. Luis Tampe, S.J. is the                                               A familiar face, Rev. Mike
academic support coordinator for          Like Tampe, all of the Jesu-     Woods has returned to serve as
Wheeling Jesuit’s Jesuit STRONG

16 Wheeling Jesuit University
   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23