Fr. Edward “Ted” Arroyo, S.J.

Associate and Founding Director

Fr. Edward “Ted” Arroyo, S.J.
Mailing Address
7410 Christopher Dr. Saint Louis, MO 63129-5701
Direct Phone
(314) 846-2575 Ext. 252​
E-mail Address


BS, Spring Hill College; M. Div., S.T.M. Woodstock College at Union Theological Seminary (NYC) AM; Ph.D., Duke University

Short Bio

Fr. Edward “Ted” Arroyo, SJ, was the founding director of JSRI (2007-2009). He received his undergraduate education (sociology and philosophy) at Spring Hill College, professional theological degrees from Woodstock College at Union Theological Seminary (NYC) and the A.M. and Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University. Since his ordination in 1975, he has been involved in education, writing, research, social action, advocacy for justice, and applied sociological analysis. As editor of Blueprint for Social Justice (1997-2004) at Loyola's Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice, Fr. Arroyo oversaw the publication of over 60 issues covering a wide range of social justice topics. His direction of the Ethics In Public Policy program at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center (1997-2003) led to the publication of The Ethics of Lobbying: Organized Interests, Political Power and the Common Good (2002). Fr. Arroyo has supervised international graduate immersion courses in Asia and Latin America, and served in “The Mission” with the Jesuits in Paraguay. He also has held a number of responsible positions within the Society of Jesus: superior of the collegiate formation program for Jesuits, rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola University, assistant to the Jesuit provincial for higher education, social and international ministries, provincial superior (1990-1996), associate academic dean at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (2004-2007) and rector of the Jesuit community at Spring Hill College. Fr. Arroyo brings over 40 years of experience in leadership, research, administration, education, social and international ministry to his role as JSRI Associate. His most recent publications for JSRI are Contemplating the Katrina Whirlwind: From "Apocalypse Now" to Solidarity for the Common Good (see "Reports") and Rhetoric and Reality: Walls, Bridges, and People on the Move. From 2009 until 2015 Ted developed JSRI’s outreach and contacts in Alabama, including testifying before the Alabama House of Representatives concerning anti-immigrant legislation. He is now involved in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius based at White House Jesuit Retreat in St. Louis, MO, while remaining a JSRI Associate.