Francis X. Clooney, a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Society of Jesus, has been appointed the next director of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at the Harvard Divinity School (HDS), beginning July 1. He will succeed Donald K. Swearer, who is retiring at the end of June after six years at HDS as the CSWR director and distinguished visiting professor of Buddhist studies.

Clooney joined the HDS faculty in 2005, as the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, after teaching at Boston College since 1984. He served as acting director of the CSWR during the 2008 spring term and began a long and active relationship with the center before coming to HDS, participating in many CSWR programs and events.

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