The Rev. Gregory John O'Meara, S. J., has been appointed rector of Creighton University's Jesuit Community by the Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., General of the Society of Jesus.
As rector, Fr. O'Meara is given responsibility for fostering the spiritual, physical and ministerial health of about 50 Jesuits belonging to the community. The appointment is effective July 31.
Creighton's current rector, the Rev. Roc F. O'Connor, S. J., has served in that capacity since August of 2007. He will spend next fall at St. Louis University resting and making the Spiritual Exercises and the spring of 2014 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angles studying music.
Fr. O'Meara was ordained in 2002 and has taught at Marquette University Law School since that time. He was granted tenure and named associate professor of law in 2010. He has been awarded the James D. Ghiardi Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence on three different occasions. His research centers on the philosophical foundations of legal interpretation. Fr. O'Meara's legal experience includes serving as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County, teaching at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and teaching at Creighton University School of Law. While serving as Creighton's rector, he will also teach in the School of Law.
Fr. O'Meara received his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a graduate law degree from New York University. He also studied theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.
A number of other Jesuits will also be coming to Creighton this summer and fall to work or study. They include: Fr. Paddy Gilger, a Creighton graduate in 2002 ,who will serve at St. John's Church following his June ordination; Nate Romano, S.J., an attorney who will work as an Immigration law specialist at the Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic starting July 1; Kyle Shinseki, S.J., who will serve part time in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and also teach in the College of Business; Joseph Simmons, S.J., who will work in the president's office and teach a class in the Department of Philosophy; and Anthony Homsy, S.J., a scholastic from Lebanon who will study for one year in the Department of Journalism, Media, & Computing.