The University will soon welcome an additional Jesuit when Father Mark McGregor, S.J., steps into his new role — a joint appointment as military and veterans services coordinator, supporting the work of University Ministry, and teaching for Regis College. He will join the Regis community June 18.
McGregor is a captain and deputy wing chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves having retired from the Air Force in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s in economics from Seattle University, a licentiate in philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute of Gonzaga University, a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Art in Writing for the Screen from Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.
He has served as an assistant professor at Gonzaga and Fairfield, and as a visiting professor and scholar at Santa Clara. He has provided spiritual care for countless students as a campus minister, residence hall chaplain and learning community resident advisor. McGregor holds many military awards and decorations as well as higher education honors, including membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society.
He will oversee Regis’ Veteran Resource Center, which has locations on the Colorado Springs and Northwest Denver campuses, as well as an online community. All are designed to help active duty military members and veterans successfully navigate their educational journey. Regis’ military and veteran student population — commonly referred to as mil/vet — currently numbers 1,300.
“His experience as a Jesuit priest and an Air Force chaplain offers Regis an extraordinary opportunity to provide unique services and support to our mil/vet community,” said Barbara Wilcots, vice president of Student Affairs. “Recognizing the complexity of transitioning from military to civilian life, Regis couldn’t provide a more valuable resource than someone whose experience allows a deep understanding of our military and veteran students’ needs and whose approach to care is deeply rooted in Jesuit values.”
In his 30 years of Jesuit service as a teacher, pastor, and chaplain in the military, McGregor said he has time and again sought out the mountains as a place to recharge, so making Denver home is quite fitting.
“Getting to a higher place and getting a bigger perspective means preparation for and making a journey that requires effort,” he said. “I have every confidence that the journey to Regis will give me a great blessing as I work with military and veteran students and all the Rangers who make up the Regis community.”
He’s also found great inspiration in his readings about St. John Francis Regis.
“He climbed many a mountain in France, and I hope to bring his zeal, faith and care for others, especially ones who need a little extra help, to Regis’ Rocky Mountain campuses,” McGregor said.