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Loyola University New Orleans announces dean of Campus Ministry

Loyola press release - March 19, 1999

(New Orleans)óLoyola University New Orleans President Bernard P. Knoth, S.J., announced the selection of John Bernard Weling, S.J., as dean of Campus Ministry. Weling will began his duties at Loyola on August 16, 1999.

Weling has nearly two decades of pastoral, administrative, and student affairs experience. A member of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles administration since 1995, Weling was most recently coordinator of the MAGIS Leadership Program. As MAGIS coordinator, Weling was responsible for the research, design, and implementation of a comprehensive, developmental student leadership program including a tradition, mission, and spiritual component inspired by the three founding religious communities of Loyola Marymount. At Loyola Marymount, Weling also was Campus Ministry chaplain for student leadership formation.

As director of Campus Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans, Weling will lead a full and part-time staff of seven. "I am grateful for the exciting and privileged opportunity to be selected to contribute to the distinguished tradition of Loyola as dean of Campus Ministry, " Weling said. "I look forward to working closely with an exceptional team of student leaders, staff, faculty, and administration in providing a formative education distinctively rooted in the universityís Ignatian principles and foundation."

This past summer, he served as international projects production consultant for the Kuangchi Program Service in Taipei, Taiwan, where Weling worked with the executive producer on research, writing, and fund-raising for two international television documentaries.

In 1994, Weling served as director of campus ministry for Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz., where he was responsible for the spiritual life and formation programs for students, faculty, and staff.

From 1984-1992, Weling returned to his alma mater, Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. where he was executive vice-principal, principal, and then president. In 1978, he had been a full-time teacher.

In making the announcement, Fr. Knoth said, "Fr. Weling has proven skills in pastoral and community ministry. The Loyola community will benefit from his experience in building ministries and enhancing the spiritual life of our members."

Weling professed his vows for the Society of Jesus in 1995 as a member of the California Province. He was ordained a priest in 1981 as a member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif. He received a masterís degree in divinity and a bachelorís degree in philosophy from St. John College in Collegeville, Minn.

Campus Ministry at Loyola represents the combined efforts of a team of dedicated men and women trained to meet the religious and spiritual needs of the Loyola community. Campus chaplains actively foster the ideals and values that spring from a life of Christian faith. Sharing Catholic and Jesuit traditions, they promote a vision of what it means to be a people of God, living and working together, fostering the "way of the proceeding" as set by St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelorís and masterís degrees.