Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought

The Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought is an endowed professorship for distinguished scholars who promote the Jesuit, Catholic character of USF through research and teaching. The chair is a joint appointment between USF’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies and The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition.

"The task of the Jesuit university is to be that place where the Church and world sit down to speak to one another."

-REV. STEPHEN SCHLOESSER, S.J., LO SCHIAVO CHAIR IN CATHOLIC STUDIES AND SOCIAL THOUGHT, 2005-2007

2019 - 2020 LO SCHIAVO FELLOW: 

George Williams
George Williams

George Williams, SJ was born in New Haven, CT and graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 with a dual degree in Political Science and Communications. He served 5 years as an Air Force Officer in Alaska, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. He spent a year in Nome, AK working as the rock show DJ and news editor for KNOM, a Jesuit-founded radio station serving the people of Western Alaska. It was in Alaska that he met Jesuits for the first time and was inspired by them to join the Society of Jesus. After Nome, he returned to Boston and entered the Society in 1987.

After vows, he studied philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane for two years and then, went to Brazil for his regency assignment where he worked in a poor community in Northeastern Brazil.

He felt called to work in prison ministry, so when he returned to Boston in 1993, he went to volunteer at the Boston City Jail and was immediately hired as their Catholic Chaplain. He has been engaged in prison ministry in one form or another ever since.

While working in the Boston jail system, he earned an MSW from Boston College and then, went on to graduate theology studies at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), in Cambridge, Mass., where he received his master's degree in divinity (M.Div.) and an MA in Spiritual Direction in 2004, the same year he was ordained to the priesthood. While in theology studies, he worked as a counselor at The Bridge House in Framingham, MA, a faith-based halfway house for ex-prisoners.

Following ordination, he worked 5 years in the MA state prison system as the Catholic Chaplain at MCI-Concord. He began a doctoral program in Criminology at Northeastern University in 2007 in Boston. He was offered the Chaplaincy at San Quentin State Prison in CA, where he has worked since 2011. While working at San Quentin, he researched, wrote and defended his doctoral thesis: “Resisting Burnout: Correctional Staff Spirituality and Resilience,” earning his Ph.D. in April 2017. He now lives at the University of San Francisco Jesuit Community and continues his work in San Quentin. He is a founding member of the Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition, established in 2018.

FORMER CHAIRS

2018-2019
William O'Neill, S.J.

2014-2017
Thomas Massaro, S.J.

2012-2013
James Hanvey, S.J.

2009-2011
James Stormes, S.J.

2008
Bishop Robert McElroy

2005-2007
Stephen Schloesser, S.J.