Following the announcement this fall of Campus Ministry Director Fr. Mark Scalese, S.J taking a new position in Chicago, Fairfield University has announced who is to take his place. Rev. Paul Keys Rourke, S.J of St. Thomas Parish in Decatur, Ga. will take over as director of Fairfield University Campus Ministry.
Scalese will be taking a position as the Superior of First Studies and Vice-Superior of Gonzaga House Jesuit Community in Chicago, Illinois.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Rourke was the Director of Campus Ministry at Georgetown University’s Law Center between 2013 and 2018. He received his J.D from Washington University School of Law in 1997, and eventually joined the Society of Jesus in 2000.
According to the announcement, Rourke was responsible for helping to increase student retreat programs and other programs for law students. He also took part in opening a muslim prayer room in the Law Center of Georgetown University. Fr. Rourke was a adjunct professor of law, and taught Catholic Social Thought.
Rev. Gerry Blaszczak, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Identity said in the mass email announcement sent to all members of the University said, “I know Fr. Rourke will bring enthusiasm and experience to this important role on our campus, and will be a marvelous addition to our community.”