Fathers Arroyo and Lucey to celebrate Jubilees July 31

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 1:00pm
Fr. Ted Arroyo, S.J.
MOBILE, Ala. – Rev. Edward B. “Ted” Arroyo, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at Spring Hill College, will celebrate 50 years as a Jesuit priest; and Rev. Gregory Lucey, S.J., former president of Spring Hill and the newly appointed of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, will celebrate his 60th year as a priest at a special Jubilee Mass.

The Mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 31 with a reception at the Roosevelt Hotel to follow. July 31 is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.

Fr. Arroyo was named rector at Spring Hill in 2009. He graduated from Spring Hill in 1967 and taught at SHC briefly in 1971-72 while completing his Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University. He holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Woodstock College at Union Theological Seminary. He returned to Spring Hill after serving as the founding executive director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans.

Fr. Arroyo has held positions as associate academic dean at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif.; editor of “Blueprint for Social Justice” at the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice at Loyola; provincial superior of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus; rector of the Jesuit faculty and formation communities at Loyola New Orleans; professor of sociology at Loyola; and as a missionary with the Jesuits in Paraguay.

Prior to his arrival at AJCU, Fr. Lucey served as president of Spring Hill from 1997-2009. He also served as president of the Jesuit Conference U.S.A., rector of the Jesuit Community at Marquette University, and vice president for development at Seattle University.

Fr. Lucey founded and served as director of Marquette’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality, and in 1995, he attended the 34th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus as one of 200 delegates worldwide.

A native of Wisconsin, Fr. Lucey holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an M.A. in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education from Saint Louis University. He has served as a trustee of Xavier University, Loyola University New Orleans and Marquette University.