Rev. James D. Erps, S.J., currently director of campus ministry at Boston College, will become Loyola Marymount’s next director of campus ministry starting this coming summer. He will replace Rev. Albert Koppes, O.Carm., associate chancellor, who is serving as interim director during the current academic year.
Erps’ appointment was announced earlier this week by Robert V. Caro, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry. He said that Erps was chosen at the conclusion of a targeted search to find a member of one of LMU’s sponsoring religious communities to lead campus ministry. “Fr. Erps is a proven administrator who will bring a wealth of pastoral experience to his new position,” said Caro. “We are very fortunate that his desire to return to California coincided with our need to identify a new director.”
Erps is no stranger to the campus, having graduated from Loyola University in 1972. Following theology studies and ordination to the priesthood, he returned to LMU from 1983 to ‘92 as a campus minister and prefect of Sacred Heart Chapel. From 1992 to ’95 Erps was Newman chaplain and director of Catholic campus ministry at Stanford University. In 1996 he was once again at LMU, this time to serve as chaplain at Loyola Law School. He held that position until 2000, when he assumed leadership of BC’s campus ministry staff.
According to Caro, some of the challenges and opportunities awaiting the new director of Campus Ministry include increased engagement with a growing population of graduate students and other underserved groups, and continued development of ecumenical and inter-religious outreach.
Contacted in Boston, Erps said of his new appointment, “It will be a real joy to return to my alma mater as director of Campus Ministry. As an undergraduate, Campus Ministry played such an important role in my own growth and formation. I look forward to helping our department support and inspire a new generation of LMU students in their personal development and journeys of faith.”