Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., was appointed Vice President for Mission and Ministry, beginning on August 1, 2017. He also holds an appointment as a Professorial Lecturer in our Department of English. In this role, Fr. Bosco shares the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education and spirituality with faculty, students, staff, parents and alumni through seminars, presentations, immersion programs and retreats. Fr. Bosco oversees robust campus ministry programs on four campuses and a dynamic pastoral care program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Fr. Bosco came to Georgetown from Loyola University Chicago, where he was a tenured faculty member in both the Department of Theology and the Department of English. He also served as Director of The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) at Loyola Chicago.
Fr. Bosco brings to our University an extraordinary understanding of our Catholic and Jesuit tradition and the way it influences and strengthens all that we do. As Director of the CCIH, he led a wide variety of symposia, lectures, film series, and conferences designed to deepen scholarly research and provide opportunities for conversation on the Catholic intellectual tradition and how that tradition can be “explored, communicated, and renewed” in meaningful ways.
As a scholar, Fr. Bosco focuses much of his work on the intersection of theology and art—specifically, the British and American Catholic literary tradition—and has published on a number of authors, including Graham Greene, Flannery O’Connor, and theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. He is the author or co-editor of three books and nearly 20 articles and book chapters, and has taught classes on a wide range of topics, including the Catholic Literary Tradition, Sacramental Theology, Theological Aesthetics, Art and Religious Imagination, and 20th Century American and British Literature. He is also the producer, director, and writer of “Flannery O’Connor: Acts of Redemption,” a feature-length documentary under discussion with PBS/American Masters.
Prior to joining the Loyola Chicago University community in 2003, Fr. Bosco taught at the University of San Francisco and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He obtained his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Theology and Literature from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and his M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.