James McCloskey, C.S.Sp.
Vice President for Mission and Identity
Following ordination to the priesthood in 1980, Father McCloskey served as a member of an international team of Spiritan missionaries in the Diocese of San Jose Obrero, Paraguay. He was assigned to Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Harlem, New York City, as its pastor in 1985, one of the first African-American Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of New York. In 1990, Father McCloskey was appointed Headmaster of Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, where he began a successful development program and led the institution through an organizational re-structuring process resulting in national recognition for the school. He served there until 2002.
Father McCloskey has had a close association with Duquesne University for many years. A member of the Board of Directors from 1994 until 2003, he has worked in the areas of campus ministry, adjunct faculty (at both the Pittsburgh and Rome campuses), and in development, serving as the Vice President for University Relations from 2002 until 2003. He was also awarded the honor of Distinguished Alumnus from the McAnulty College of Arts and Sciences in 2003.
Upon his election as Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, United States East Province in 2003, Father McCloskey served in that post for one year, when he was elected to the General Council of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Rome, the world-wide headquarters of the Congregation, with special responsibility in the area of education. He served in that role until 2009.
He received his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in 1974, and the Master of Divinity Degree from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, in 1980. He was also awarded a Masters degree in theology from Weston School of Theology in 1988 and a Master of Education degree from Boston College in 1995. His Ph.D. in Education was granted from Fordham University in New York in 2002.