Announcing New Catholic Chaplain at Georgetown University Medical Center: Fr. Jim Shea, S.J.

Fr. Jim Shea, SJ

Dear Colleagues:

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Fr. Jim Shea, S.J. to the position of Catholic Chaplain at the Georgetown University Medical Center. He began this work on Monday.

In close collaboration with chaplains and staff colleagues of various religious traditions, Fr. Shea will work to advance, support, and integrate the work of Catholic Ministry and Campus Ministry with the  Medical Center community.

As some of you may know, Fr. Shea’s appointment is, in many ways, a return: from 1989-1996 he was Director of the Pastoral Care Department at Georgetown University Hospital, and from 1996-2004 he was Director of Medical Center Ministry at GUMC. Since 2004, Fr. Shea has served as Pastor in two Catholic parishes (one in Washington, D.C. and the other in Charlotte, N.C.), and from 2008-2014 he served as Provincial Superior of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.

“I am grateful to be returning to the Medical Center,” says Fr. Shea, “[and] I look forward to developing supportive relationships with Medical Center students, faculty, and staff, and to collaborating with colleagues to promote the Catholic identity, Jesuit mission, and Ignatian spiritual tradition of the Medical Center.”

Guided by Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit tradition, with its abiding commitment to interreligious collaboration, and in the spirit of cura personalis – care for the whole person – Fr. Shea’s witness and experience will be an invaluable resource for students, faculty, and staff looking to lead lives of deeper meaning, belonging, and purpose.

Fr. Shea’s office is in the Medical/Dental Building Room SW103. He can be reached by email ( or by phone (202-687-5996).

Please join us in welcoming Fr. Shea back to the Medical Center, and back to the Georgetown community.


Mark Bosco, SJ, PhD
Vice President for Mission & Ministry

Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences
Executive Dean, Georgetown University School of Medicine