Rev. James Voiss, S.J., to resign as vice president for mission and ministry

Rev. James Voiss, S.J., is resigning his position as vice president for mission and ministry, President Michael R. Lovell announced today. Father Voiss, who has been in the role since January 2020, will remain in the role until an acting vice president is announced.

“I would like to sincerely thank Father Voiss for his service and ministry to the Marquette community, particularly during an unforeseen and immeasurably challenging period in our world,” President Lovell said. “It was a blessing and a comfort to our campus community to have Father Voiss’ leadership guide us through these past three and a half years. I wish him peace and fulfillment in his future apostolic work.”

“As a community, we have been through a lot over the last three-plus years. Lately, we have been transitioning into what we all hope will be a permanent post-COVID normalcy,” Father Voiss said. “Throughout this academic year, I have been taking stock of my place here, and after several months of discernment, I am stepping down and preparing to pursue another apostolic assignment. Please know of my gratitude for the many good things we have accomplished and for the friendships which have grown during this time. Be assured of my prayers for you all as you look toward Marquette’s future.”

Prior to joining Marquette, Father Voiss served as rector of the Jesuit community at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he had also served as assistant vice president for mission. Prior to his time at Gonzaga, Father Voiss spent 14 years at Saint Louis University as an associate professor of theology, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Gonzaga; a Master of Divinity degree and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a master’s and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame.

Author of the book Rethinking Christian Forgiveness: Theological, Philosophical, And Psychological Explorations, Father Voiss delivered the opening lecture of the same name at Marquette’s 2014 Mission Week.

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