Dr. Shawn O'Rourke

Dr. Shawn O'Rourke

Shawn O’Rourke
School of Education and Human Services
Associate Dean
Director-Sport Administration
Institute Research In Sport (IRIS)

Pope Francis at World Youth Day Rio 2013said, “We need saints who drink Coca-Cola and eat hot dogs.  We need saints who put God in first place, ahead of succeeding in any career, who have a commitment to helping the poor and making the needed social change.  We need saints who love the Eucharist, movies, dance, sports and theater.  We need saints who are open, sociable, normal, happy companions who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane.”

What more does God want from me?  April 5th, 2013 I got an answer when I received a letter inviting me to participate in the seventh cohort of the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP).  This program seeks to develop Ignatian partners in Jesuit higher education who are capable of and committed to assuming leadership within the Ignatian spiritual and educational heritage.  WOW!  I saw the list of those ‘saints’ who had participated before me, and I was very humbled! 

Through the ICP reflections and prayer, the symbol three that I am showing in my photo reflects the Holy Trinity and the Trinity Model of community and collaboration.  Working within our community over the last decade in the Master of Sport Administration Program, being part of our spring Bowl ’N Blast event that has raised over $100,000 for local communities thanks to the countless hours of our students volunteer, all these push me to see ‘God in all things.’   They also show me we have a lot of saints surrounding us.  God is working in our lives now and we are to respond now!  Peace be with you: go out and live the life of a saint!