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Man with a mission

Man with a mission

James Prehn, S.J., is keeping a keen focus on Loyola's Jesuit mission

It was during his own college days that James Prehn, S.J., felt the call to join the Jesuits. Since entering the order in 1988, he has served in various roles at high schools and universities, including as a part-time faculty member and rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola.

This semester he’s taking on a new role: President Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, has named Father Prehn vice president and special advisor to the president for mission and identity.

“My goal is to help Dr. Rooney succeed in whatever way I can,” he says. “I represent the Society of Jesus to the University, and it is very important to reassure everyone that the Jesuits aren’t going anywhere and that Dr. Rooney has our full support.”

As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Father Prehn will be focused on Loyola’s Jesuit mission, Catholic identity, and relationships with the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. He will also continue to serve as rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola.

As a veteran of Jesuit education, Father Prehn believes that attending a Jesuit university is a distinctive experience—one that inspires students to reflect on their goals and on how they can change the world for the better.

“I have every confidence that it’s an education that does make a difference because of the reflection that is part and parcel of going to a Jesuit school,” says Father Prehn. “We hope that sense of the Ignatian mission seeps into the work that our faculty do, as well as students and staff—that everybody has the sense that they’re part of something larger than themselves.”  

Watch a video feature on Father Prehn