End of an Era: Jesuit Retires After 45-Year Service

Friday, May 9, 2008

One constant has remained through Saint Joseph's move to coeducation, its recognition as a University and the physical expansion of its campus: the presence of James W. Moore, S.J., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Now, after 45 consecutive years of hard work and dedication to the University, Fr. Moore is retiring from his position, effective at the end of June.

Fr. Moore became director of undergraduate admissions in 1963 for what was then Saint Joseph's College. As admissions director, Fr. Moore was a vocal proponent for a number of campus changes that many take for granted today, including the construction of a dormitory on campus (what became LaFarge Residence Hall), a seven-day cafeteria service, and the introduction of a casual dress code (from the then-required suit and tie).

In 1978, Fr. Moore moved to the dean's office and became associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, where he has remained, his enduring patience and approachable nature making him beloved by thousands of students, past and present.

"Students line up to see him because they know he will be patient, kind, interested, informed, and most of all, will act in their best interest," said William Madges, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "He is the personification of cura personalis."

Fr. Moore plans to remain active in retirement. He will continue to serve as chairman of selection committees for a number of Philadelphia unions. He will also serve at St. Matthias Parish on Bryn Mawr Ave., where he has been celebrating Mass for over 35 years. He plans to continue to help with Saint Joseph's campus ministry, in addition to presiding over some Sunday and daily noon masses.

When asked about his time here, Fr. Moore reflected on the relationships he's built and sustained, especially with his religious colleagues.

"It's been an exciting run, especially for the growth of the University, and I've enjoyed it all," said Fr. Moore. "I've met so many wonderful people here, especially my brother Jesuits—they're the greatest bunch."

--Dan Wisniewski '08

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