Office of Mission

The Office of Mission sponsors programs that allow faculty, staff, and alumni to engage more deeply the College’s Jesuit, Catholic identity. It also serves as a resource, supporting similar efforts across the campus.

Rev. Timothy W. O’Brien, S.J. ‘06
Associate Vice President for Mission

Smith Hall 202

Timothy O’Brien is a Jesuit priest and Associate Vice President for Mission at the College of the Holy Cross. In this role, he coordinates programming for faculty, staff, and alumni that centers on the Jesuit and Catholic dimensions of the College’s mission.   

After graduating from Holy Cross in 2006, Fr. O’Brien entered the Society of Jesus in 2008 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2018. Trained in history and theology, he is a specialist in the religious and spiritual culture of early modern Iberia. He has published scholarly articles in The Heythrop Journal, Studies in Spirituality, Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, and Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. Fr. O’Brien holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Centre Sèvres, the Jesuit faculty of theology in Paris, as well as master’s degrees from The Johns Hopkins University (history), The University of Chicago (history of Christianity), and Loyola University Chicago (philosophy). He is currently a doctoral candidate in the history of spirituality and religious life at Centre Sèvres, Paris.

Before returning to the College, Fr. O’Brien taught theology and served in the Office of Mission Integration at Loyola University Maryland. A former assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., Fr. O’Brien also has experience as a campus minister at The University of Scranton and Centre Saint-Guillaume, the Catholic chaplaincy of SciencesPo, Paris.


See Also

Office of the College Chaplains

Inspired by our Jesuit heritage, the mission of Campus Ministry at Holy Cross is evangelization: to proclaim that faith which is operative in love of others and to promote justice which is indispensable to it. Visit the Chaplains' Office website.

Marybeth Kearns-Barrett '84, Director      
Campion House

Holy Cross Jesuit Community

The Jesuit Community at the College of the Holy Cross, shaped by the Gospel, the Ignatian Exercises, and our encounters with the people of God, and missioned here by the Society of Jesus, embrace our responsibility to Holy Cross as living representatives of the College's traditions and identity. Visit the Jesuit Community website.

Rev. Andrew Garavel, Rector
Ciampi Hall