Father Michael S. Gallagher, SJ was born in Easton, Pennsylvania on December 9, 1948. He entered the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1967 and made his first vows two years later. The next 17 years would be spent in classrooms. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, followed by a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He returned to Spring Hill in 1974 to teach for two years before going to the Georgetown University School of Law. He returned to teach at Loyola University New Orleans, 1979-81, before earning his Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology.
He was ordained to the priesthood June 9, 1984 at Spring Hill College.
In 1985, he became director of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Clinic at Loyola University New Orleans and remained there until 1990. From 1990 to 1994, he served the former New Orleans Province as provincial assistant for social and international ministries.
In 1994, he moved to the Jesuit parish in El Paso, Texas – Sacred Heart Catholic Church – where he served as superior of a new Latin American ministry. He provided legal services at Las Americas Refugee Asylum Project. He remained in that position until 2000, when he went to Oxford University for Refugee Studies.
Father Gallagher went to work for Jesuit Refugee Services in 2001. He first served as director of the program in Lusaka, Zambia. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Southern Africa Regional Advocacy Officer. Since 2009, he has served as the JRS representative in Geneva, Switzerland.
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