Vice President for Mission and Ministry Honored

    Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J. H’06, vice president for mission and ministry at The University of Scranton, will be honored by The NativityMiguel School in Scranton at a virtual dinner on Friday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. Tickets for the event cost $150 and are available at Proceeds from the event support NativityMiguel School’s budget.
    December 2, 2020

    The NativityMiguel School in Scranton will honor Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J. H’06, vice president for mission and ministry at The University of Scranton, at a virtual dinner on Friday, Dec. 4. Proceeds from the event, which begins at 5 p.m., will support the budget of the tuition-free, independent Catholic middle school that serve economically challenged students in Lackawanna and Luzerne County.

    Father Keller has served on the board of the NativityMiguel School since 2015. During the academic year, University students volunteer with the children at the school through programming offered through the Center for Service and Social Justice.

    At the University, Father Keller also served as interim president from June 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, and as the special assistant to the president.

    Father Keller has served as the rector of the Scranton Jesuit Community since September 2015. Prior to that, he served for 18 years as president of Scranton Preparatory School and is the longest-serving president in the Jesuit school’s history.

    Father Keller entered the Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville in 1969. In 1975, he received a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Fordham University. He earned a master’s degree with distinction from Weston School of Theology in Boston and a professional diploma in secondary school administration from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. He was ordained a priest in 1981 and has served in Jesuit secondary education for more than 35 years.

    Father Keller was named principal of Scranton Prep in 1983 and served in that capacity for eight years. From 1991 to 1997, he served as principal at his alma mater, Saint Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. During his tenure there, Father Keller was appointed as rector of the Jesuit community at Saint Joseph’s Prep. In 1997, he was named president of Scranton Preparatory School.

    In 2016, Father Keller served as a delegate from the Maryland Province for the Society of Jesus' General Congregation 36. In 2006, he received an honorary doctoral degree from The University of Scranton.

    Tickets for the virtual event honoring Father Keller are available for $150 at For additional information, call the NativityMiguel School at 570-955-5176.

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