Fr. Edward “Ted” Arroyo, S.J.

Associate and Founding Director

Fr. Edward “Ted” Arroyo, S.J.
Mailing Address
Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat P.O. Drawer D Grand Coteau, LA 70541-1004
Direct Phone
(337) 662-5251 Ext. 212
Fax Number
(337) 662-5331
E-mail Address


BS, Spring Hill College; M. Div., S.T.M. Woodstock College at Union Theological Seminary (NYC) AM; Ph.D., Duke University

Short Bio

Fr. Edward “Ted” Arroyo, SJ, is rector of the Jesuit Community at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and was the founding director of JSRI (2007-2009). He received his undergraduate education (sociology and philosophy) at Spring Hill College, professional theological degrees from Woodstock College at Union Theological Seminary (NYC) and the A.M. and Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University. Since his ordination in 1975, he has been involved in education, writing, research, social action, advocacy for justice, and applied sociological analysis. As editor of Blueprint for Social Justice (1997-2004) at Loyola's Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice, Fr. Arroyo oversaw the publication of over 60 issues covering a wide range of social justice topics. His direction of the Ethics In Public Policy program at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center (1997-2003) led to the publication of The Ethics of Lobbying: Organized Interests, Political Power and the Common Good (2002). Fr. Arroyo has supervised international graduate immersion courses in Asia and Latin America, and served in “The Mission” with the Jesuits in Paraguay. He also has held a number of responsible positions within the Society of Jesus: superior of collegiate formation program for Jesuits, rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola University, assistant to the provincial for social and international ministries, provincial superior (1990-1996), and associate academic dean at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (2004-2007). Fr. Arroyo brings over 40 years of experience in leadership, research, administration, education, social and international ministry to his role as JSRI Associate for Alabama. His most recent publication for JSRI was Contemplating the Katrina Whirlwind: From "Apocalypse Now" to Solidarity for the Common Good. See "Reports." Ted is currently developing JSRI’s outreach and contacts in Alabama. He recently testified before the Alabama House of Representatives concerning anti-immigrant legislation.