Holy Cross Father Ed Obermiller is coming back to Oregon, where he was a popular part of the University of Portland. He has been appointed by UP president Father William Beauchamp as special assistant to the vice president within the university relations division. Father Obermiller also will serve as a pastoral resident in Kenna Hall.
In 2006 Obermiller left the University to serve as director of the Office of Vocations for the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. In 2009 he was named an assistant provincial with oversight for the offices of vocations, development and the creation of the office of communications.
Father Obermiller worked at UP from 1995 to 2006 as director of campus ministry and assistant superior of the Holy Cross community. He lived in Villa and Corrado halls, expanded the campus ministry program, and chaired several committees. He also helped create new hall chapels, a university prayer book, and led volunteer service trips abroad. In 2003, he was honored with the Miltner Administrative Award, the highest employee award bestowed by the university.
Born in Canton, Ohio, Father Obermiller earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Pontifical College Josephinum, in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the Jesuit School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., in 1995. He took his final vows in 1994 and was ordained a priest in 1996.