KAUKAUNA — Fr. Raja Selvam has joined the school staff of St. Ignatius in Kaukauna for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year.
Selvam will assist with daily Mass, hear daily confessions and provide spiritual direction to students and staff, according to a post Sunday on the school’s website.
He comes to Kaukauna after serving as the temporary administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Appleton.
In addition to this part-time staff role at St. Ignatius, Fr. Selvam also is assisting Fr. Don Everts and Fr. Kris Mekala at Kaukauna Catholic Parishes of Holy Cross and St. Katharine Drexel.
At St. Ignatius, Selvam will also teach grade 6 religion, as well as be present in throughout the school day in classrooms as a guest lecturer and for other needs.
“We feel so blessed to have a priest on staff. Fr. Raja’s presence will increase our sacramental graces and also increase our vocational awareness of our students,” System President Nathan Vande Hey said in the school’s post.
Fr. Selvam was born in Sivagangai, India, and was ordained a diocesan priest on April 15, 2007.
Since his arrival in the United States, Selvam has served in various capacities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and in the Diocese of Green Bay, including Parochial Vicar of parishes in the Gresham, Leopolis, Neopit, Keshena, Antigo, Neva and Howard.
In addition to his priestly undergraduate formation in Philosophy and Theology, Selvam holds multiple master’s degrees, including in Systemic Theology, Journalism, and Christian Studies. He recently completed his dissertation for a doctorate program and is in between assignments, thus making his term at St. Ignatius possible.