Director of Intercultural Initiatives
Director of New Directions Sabbatical Program
Jesuit Father Rob McChesney is Director of Intercultural Initiatives and Director of the New Directions Sabbatical Program at the Jesuit School of Theology. His responsibilities include: institutional oversight of Saint Patrick’s Church in West Oakland; the Hispanic Institute; the M.Div. Ignatian pilgrimage; and interreligious immersions.
Fr. McChesney is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and was ordained in 1981. Prior to coming to the Jesuit School of Theology in 2007, he served for eleven years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in the United States (1991-2003), including six years as National Director in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Provincial Staff of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in Baltimore (2003-2007), and as Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia served as a member of the President’s Cabinet (1985-91). While at St. Joseph’s, he oversaw the construction of the Michael J. Smith Memorial Chapel.
Fr. McChesney has a Master’s Degree in Education from the Catholic University of America (1973); a Master of Divinity Degree from Loyola University of Chicago (1982); and a Master’s in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. (1985).