Michael L. Braden, S.J. was appointed to the position of Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Saint Peter's College. In addition to a well-rounded background in campus ministry, university teaching and intercultural issues, Fr. Braden brings to his new role a strong commitment to Jesuit identity and the power of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as the foundation of all Jesuit ministries.
Most recently Fr. Braden worked at Loyola College in Maryland. As a faculty member in the Communications Department, he taught courses in audio and video production, media studies, film history (documentaries), and an integrated-media production course. He also served as general manager of the Loyola radio station, overseeing the design and construction of the radio and television studios. Fr. Braden was assistant producer, off-line editor, studio engineer, and program advisor for "Provoke Radio," a national radio show dedicated to engaging its audience in reflection on contemporary social issues from the perspective of faith and Catholic social teaching. At Loyola College, Fr. Braden was active in campus spiritual life as a regular presider at Campus Ministry liturgical events, as Staff Director for the annual Ignation Retreat program (a five-day silent, directed retreat for faculty, staff, and students), as a member of the Ignatian Partners Advisory Board, and as a resident Faculty Advisor for five years in the student residence halls. Prior to his service at Loyola Maryland, Father Braden spent nearly ten years at Loyola University, New Orleans where he worked to establish Christian Living Communities among university students and was the alumni chaplain, a frequent celebrant and homilist at university liturgical events, and weekend chaplain at Orleans Parish prison. In various positions he has advised Jesuit rectors on matters of the Jesuit and Catholic identity of universities and on the recruitment of Jesuits.
Fr. Braden earned a Ph.D. in International Mass Communications from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois; the S.T.M. in Ethics and Society and the M. Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California; and a B.A. in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University. He has had significant international experience in Asia and the Pacific islands, and has studied language and done research and consultations in Taiwan. Fr. Braden's interests include production of videos and documentaries, photography and photojournalism.