Fr. Swope's Bio



1992 Ph.D. in Sociology. Institute of Education, University of London

1987 Licentiate (S.T.L.) in Theology. Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1986 Masters in Divinity (M.Div.). Weston School of Theology. Cambridge, Massachusetts

1978-80 Jesuit Philosophy Program. Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri

1976 B.A. in French Literature and Sociology. King's College, Wilkes‑Barre, Pennsylvania

1975 Intensive course in French language and literature. Institut de Langues et Lettres, Université de Grenoble

1972 Diploma from Saint Joseph's Preparatory School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


2015- President of Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, PA (beginning in July 2015)

2006-2015 President of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Baltimore, MD

2002–2006 Executive Assistant to the Provincial Superior of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus

2000 -2002 Executive Director of the Secretariat for the Church in Latin America of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.

1995-2000 Director, Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Educación (CIDE) in Santiago, Chile

1994-2000 Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Policy, School of Education, Catholic University of Chile

1993-1995 Adjunct Professor of Sociology in the Institute of Sociology of the Catholic University of Chile

1985-1987 Assistant for youth work and adult education among Hispanic Americans in Saint Paul's Parish, Dorchester, Massachusetts

1982 Director of the student social service program in Colegio San Mateo, Osorno, Chile

1980‑1982 Teacher of English and religion, and assistant to the school chaplain in Colegio San Mateo in Osorno, Chile

1977 Teacher of English literature at Georgetown Preparatory School, Rockville, MD


2009- President’s Council, Cristo Rey Network (Chair, 2011-2014)

2011- Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, PA

2016 - Saint Joseph's University

2017 - Holy Child Academy, Drexel Hill

Previous board memberships include:
Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, Philadelphia, PA (2011-2014)
Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA (2006-2014)
Provoke Radio, Inc. (2005-2007)
Loyola Blakefield, Baltimore, MD (2004-2011)
Woodstock Theological Center, Washington, D.C. (2002-2008)
Advisory Council of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies of the University of Notre Dame (2002-2006)
Board of Directors and Treasurer of Stadium Place, a dependent corporation of the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland (2002-2006)
Mission to Mission, Denver, CO (2002-2005)
Chilean American Foundation, Washington, D.C. (2001–2003)
Editorial Board of the Revista de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad José Santos Ossa, Antofagasta, Chile (1999-2000)
Centro de Comunicaciones Bellarmino, Santiago (1999-2000)
Centro de Investigaciones Socio-culturales de Santiago, Chile (1998-2000)
Biblioteca Bellarmino de Santiago de Chile (1998-2000)
Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile (1997-2000)
Board of the Area of Education of the Chilean Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1996-2000)
Comisión de Educación de la Red Nacional de las Escuelas y Colegios de la Compañía de Jesús en Chile (1996-2000)
Editorial Committee of the Revista Persona y Sociedad, Santiago, Chile (1995-2000)
Southern Educational Research Initiative (SERI) (1994-1998)
Editorial Board of the Revista MENSAJE (1992-2000)


Influential Marylander, 2013 (sponsored by the Daily Record)
Della Strata Award, 2013 (sponsored by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps)
Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society, 2016 (Saint Joseph's University)


English and Spanish: bilingual and biliterate

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Fr. Swope

  1. Confesses to a 21 handicap and plays extended-length Callaway X22s

  2. Loves Ocean City, NJ in the winter

  3. As a boy, remembers seeing Grace Kelly and her mother walking around downtown Ocean City

  4. Was part of the Joe "Dixie" Dugan 5:15 pm water-skiing brigade in Ocean City for years with his brother Jim

  5. Received one week of JUG from Fr. John "Moose" McGinty SJ on the 69th Street Terminal for the Red Arrow Aronimink line bus because his tie was loose, he was not wearing a sportcoat, and was not carrying his directives

  6. Prefers original BBC "House of Cards" with Sir Ian Richardson

  7. Is a coffee snob :)

  8. Favorite ice cream: Dulce de Leche, and, if available, the Uruguayan original, Dulce de Leche Granizado (when he would travel from Santiago, Chile to Montevideo, Uruguay, he always stopped at Las Delicias ice cream shop in the Carrasco section of Montevideo)

  9. First thought of being a Jesuit during his Prep senior retreat in 1972 at the Bon Secours Retreat Center in Marriottsville, MD

  10. Remembers kids from Roman Catholic nearly flipping Jim Redditt's VW beetle as he and his friends were trying to leave the environs of the 1970 Prep-Roman Thanksgiving game (they made it out alive!)

Ocean City Boy

Click VIDEO below to hear about Fr. Swope's summers in Ocean City.

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