The Jesuit, Catholic educational tradition encompasses a worldwide network of universities, colleges and schools, including 27 universities and colleges in the United States.
Xavier University is the fourth oldest Jesuit University in the United States, and is currently home to eight Jesuits who impact every aspect of campus life, from managing ministry services and programs to teaching students in classrooms, coordinating service projects and running the entire university.
In total, there are 26 Jesuits living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Of the group, 19 live in the Victory Parkway House, also known as the Jesuit Residence, on Xavier's campus. Some of these 19 Jesuits at Victory Parkway work on campus, while others have their ministry at St. Francis Xavier Church downtown and Bellarmine Chapel parish.
Here are the Jesuits who are affiliated with Xavier, plus a few who will be joining us in the fall (including Xavier alumnus Eric Sundrup, S.J.).
Al Bischoff, S.J.
Emeritus Campus Minister
First Year at Xavier: 1949
Fr. Bischoff continues to preside over the 4:00 p.m. student Mass on campus, as well as provide spiritual direction for students and community members. He earned a Bachelor of Philosophy and a Master of Education from Xavier, and was formerly active as an associate pastor at Bellarmine Chapel.
Richard Bollman, S.J.
Retired Bellarmine Pastor
First Year at Xavier: 1992
Fr. Bollman worked on campus for two decades as a pastor at Bellarmine Chapel. A native of St. Bernard, Ohio, Bollman was ordained in 1969 and completed his doctoral studies at SUNY-Buffalo. After teaching English at the University of San Francisco from 1974-1980, he spent 11 years as director at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, Ohio. He continues in pastoral work and spiritual direction on campus, in the city and at the Jesuit Center in Milford.
Michael J. Graham, S.J.
President, Xavier University
First Year at Xavier: 1984
Fr. Graham entered the Society of Jesus in 1978 and was ordained a priest in 1988. He earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Michigan in 1983 and also holds degrees in philosophy and psychology. Graham came to Xavier in 1984 when he joined the Xavier faculty as an assistant professor of history. In 2019, he became the longest tenured president in the history of Xavier. Graham lives on campus in a residence hall where he frequently invites his “hall-mates” to dinner. He also presides over the 10:00 p.m. Sunday Mass, one of the most popular student gatherings on campus.
Professor, Department of Biology
First year at Xavier: 2003
In addition to being a priest, Fr. Hurd is a professor of bioethics. He has a medical degree from Creighton University as well as a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of San Francisco, a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a licentiate from the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of California Berkeley.
Retired, Campus Archivist and Historian
First Year at Xavier: 1969
Known for his quiet, unassuming ways, Fr. Kennealy has been a fixture at Xavier for 50 years. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1949 and was ordained in 1962. His titles at Xavier include associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Social Sciences (now the College of Professional Sciences), and official campus archivist and historian.
Professor Emeritus, Department of History
First Year at Xavier: 1977
Fr. LaRocca served as chair and professor in the Department of History. He’s well-known for his Friday night pasta dinners with students and for walking his beagle, Bella, throughout campus. LaRocca is the chaplain of Xavier Athletics and helped found Xavier’s Gay Straight Alliance student group. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1963 and was ordained in 1975.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Theology
First Year at Xavier: 1978
Fr. Overberg received a PhD in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. He continues to write about Christian ethics and systematic theology, including on his favorite topic: The Incarnation. His most recently published book, Disciples: Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times, was published in September 2018.
Road Through Xavier Program Coordinator
First Year at Xavier: 2018
Fr. Wendt entered the Society of Jesus in 2003 and was ordained in 2014. Wendt is a spiritual director who has worked with incarcerated men and women throughout his Jesuit life and served the Ignatian Spirituality Project in Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Omaha and Cincinnati, where spiritual retreats are offered for people transitioning from homelessness and in recovery from addiction.
On the way:
Luke Hansen, S.J.
Mr. David Inczauskis, S.J.
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Christopher Mapunda, S.J.
Eric Sundrup, S.J.
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