March 27, 2007

Father Martin Moran and Brian C. Mitchell (photo by Rachel Porter)

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Father Martin O. Moran III, Catholic Chaplain at Bucknell University, has been chosen as the new executive director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) by the CCMA Board of Directors.

He will be leaving Bucknell for this new role at CCMA's national office in Cincinnati, Ohio; his new responsibilities begin June 1, 2007.

Moran was appointed by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg in May 1998 to serve as Catholic Campus Minister at Bucknell.

During his tenure, Catholic Campus Ministry at Bucknell has increased the size of its student membership by 80 percent to 1,100 undergraduates and has received several awards of national recognition. Both achievements are the result of a Strategic Plan and Agreement of Understanding signed each year by the Bishop of Harrisburg and the President of Bucknell University.

Caring and professional

"We are grateful to Father Moran for the caring and professional way in which he has ministered to our students these past nine years," said Brian C. Mitchell, Bucknell University President. "While we will miss him, we are proud to know that the CCMA has recognized his great leadership and commitment to service with this national appointment."

As the executive director of CCMA, Moran will oversee the more than 1,800 Catholic Campus Ministers who serve more than 5 million Catholic students at 4,000 campuses across the United States. A particular responsibility will be ensuring the successful implementation of a five-year plan developed by the CCMA board.

Exciting opportunity

"Bucknell has been a wonderful home and a wonderful community in which to work," said Moran, "and I am grateful for the support the University has provided to CCM and me throughout this time. It will be difficult to leave, but I'm excited about this opportunity and the possibilities it brings. I look forward to this chance to assist Catholic campus ministers to better serve all college students in our Catholic, private and state colleges and universities, especially in implementing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's (USCCB) pastoral letter for higher education: Empowered by the Spirit."

The Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, said, "I am happy that our diocese is able to provide a priest as Executive Director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. Father Moran's priestly ministry in the Diocese of Harrisburg, particularly his exemplary service and experience as Catholic Chaplain at Bucknell University, has prepared him well for his new and important tasks. We will miss him in Harrisburg, but his service to Catholic Campus ministry nationwide brings honor to our diocese."

CCM Ministry

"Father Moran has been a crucial part of the leadership development aspect of the CCM Ministry Team," said Bucknell junior Michael T. Rakszawski. "It has been a pleasure to work with Father Moran for the past three years as part of the CCM Ministry Team. I, like many students, look up to him as an influential leader and a spiritually driven person. Although we will greatly miss him, we congratulate him on this wonderful honor."

Moran was ordained a priest in 1988 and served in parishes and high schools throughout central Pennsylvania. He holds two master's degrees from The Philadelphia Theological Seminary of Saint Charles Borromeo and a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of Saint Pius X in Erlanger, Ky. He also has studied Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

Established in 1969, CCMA is a national professional organization providing visionary leadership, formation and resources that empower Catholic campus ministers and the broader Church to become transforming instruments of Christ for the academic community and the world. CCMA is recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as the official organization for the advancement of Catholic campus ministry.

Posted March 27, 2007

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