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A first: Catholic Georgetown University appoints ‘director of Hindu life’

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 08/12/16

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The nation’s oldest Roman Catholic university announced this week that it has appointed its first “director for Hindu life,” who they are noting to be the first Hindu priest chaplain in the nation. Georgetown University’s newspaper The Hoya explained on Tuesday that Interim Vice President for Mission and Ministry Howard Gray, S.J. sent out a campus-wide email advising that Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan had been selected for the appointment. “Br. Sharan was drawn to Georgetown by its commitment to interreligious student formation, and by the vibrancy of the university’s Hindu community,” Gray wrote. Sharan had previously worked at the University of Edinburgh, where he had served as chaplain since 2010. He completed Hindu ritual training at Vishwanath Sannyas Ashram in India and also serves as a senior monk at Shri Golok Dham Ashram. He follows Pratima Dharm, a Hindu Army chaplain who worked at Georgetown for only three months before resigning in January for personal reasons. “I pray as I prepare to leave you that you will continue to live out the very pluralistic principles of Sanatan Dharma [an alternative name for Hinduism] at Georgetown,” Dharm stated upon her departure. There are estimated to be 400 students and staff at Georgetown who identify as Hindu.

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