Kevin Kersten, S.J.
Kevin Kersten, S.J., became Creighton Law's new Chaplain on Jan. 3, 2011. He was previously at Boston College. In addition to serving mass and offering other pastoral services in the Law School, Fr. Kersten will also teach in Creighton University's Communications Department.
Fr. Kersten holds a Ph.D. in International Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a degree in Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, a master's degree in Television Production and Aesthetics from San Francisco State University, and a master's degree in English Literature from St. Louis University. He served three years as Assistant Secretary General of Unda, the International Catholic Association for Radio and Television, and eight years as Executive Secretary of JESCOMEAO, the Jesuit Secretariat for Communications and the Media Apostolate in East Asia. For 15 years, he taught at the Jesuit Sogang University in Seoul, Korea. While serving as Director of Sogang's Communication Center, he produced more than 50 video documentaries on themes related to faith and justice.
In 1990, Fr. Kersten left Korea to accept a special assignment from Jesuit Superior General Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach to assess the Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture (CSCC), and then to relocate it from London, where it was established as an international Jesuit work, to Saint Louis University, where it continues as the hub of a global network for collaboration among communication scholars, media practitioners, and Church leadership. As CSCC Director, he published the academic quarterly, Communication Research Trends, and coordinated two book series, Communication and Human Values (Sage) and Communication, Culture, and Theology (Sheed & Ward).
Additional experience includes work as a producer, director, soundtrack engineer, station manager, and musician. Download an article about Fr. Kersten that was published in the Omaha Daily Record here.