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University Ministry welcomes new staff members

Loyola press release - September 4, 2007

(New Orleans)ó University Ministry will welcome two new staff members this year, the Rev. Jim Caime, S.J., and Jessica Mueller.

The Rev. Jim Caime, S.J., is rejoining University Ministry. An accomplished musician, Caime will be serving as the director of liturgy and music. He was previously at Loyola for four years, beginning in 2002, serving as the director of pastoral and sacramental ministry.

Caime is returning to Loyola University New Orleans after completing his Tertianship formation, the last stage of formation for a Jesuit after ordination to the priesthood, with the Society of Jesus. Jesuits are invited to Tertianship by their Provincial, usually three or four years after their ordination. It is a period of prayer, study, and ministry work, and getting back to the basics of oneís Jesuit vocation. Caime was away from Loyola for one year. He completed the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, 30 days of silent prayer and reflection, and studied in New England with several other Jesuits also in the Tertianship program. For four months, he worked in Vietnam teaching English to seminarians.

Caime was ordained in 2002 and holds four masterís degrees. Before entering the Society of Jesus, he earned an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and worked as a financial analyst at Martin Marietta in Orlando, Florida. He also earned a masterís degree in theology from St. Maryís in Baltimore and worked as a chaplain at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

During his formation as a Jesuit, Caime earned a masterís degree in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a master of divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Jessica Mueller is joining University Ministry as the director of Christian Life Communities (CLC). Originally from Nebraska, Jessica has a bachelorís degree in sociology and humanities from Northwestern College in Iowa. She has momentarily interrupted her master of divinity studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in order to serve as director of CLC and resident chaplain in Carrollton Hall. Mueller decided to interrupt her studies based on her experiences with other CLCs and her familiarity with New Orleans after visiting three times for city recovery and rebuilding efforts. It is her way of contributing to the relief efforts in the region while also pursuing interests related to her graduate work. Previously, Mueller worked for a study abroad program in Costa Rica and has participated in ministry programs at Marquette University and the University of San Francisco.

University Ministry serves the holistic education of Loyolaís students by attending to the faith, spiritual, and religious formation of the university community. In collaboration with student leaders, staff, faculty, and administrators, University Ministry promotes a vision of the way of proceeding set forth by St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.