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Press Release: Father Mark F. Plaushin, OSFS, to Return to Kuwait
Date: 1/6/2006

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Father Mark F. Plaushin, OSFS, to Return to Kuwait

Father Mark F, Plaushin, OSFS, faculty member in the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales, has received his orders to return to Kuwait with the U.S. Army's Office of the Chief of Chaplains. On Sunday, January 15, Father Plaushin will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, for a week of training, before proceeding to Kuwait, where he will join a team of other chaplains and enlisted personnel performing religious support to U.S. personnel, coalition allies and authorized civilians located there.

"It is a challenge to return to the harsh environment of the Middle East, but a real privilege to provide troops an experience of Christ's peace in a time of war," said Father Plaushin. "I am grateful that I can soldier with them and help to bring them home alive, not only physically, but spiritually."

Before joining the DeSales faculty in 2004, Father Plaushin was on active duty and served as chaplain and cultural relations officer with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the 4th Infantry Division from January 2003 to May 2204. The tour of duty included 12 months in Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Earlier in his career, from 1977 to 1981, he was an infantry officer with the 2nd Infantry Division. This included one year on the DMZ in the Republic of Korea. His military honors include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation medal with silver Oak Leaf Cluster.

In 1981, Father Plaushin entered the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales from the Army infantry and was ordained in 1989. He earned a B.A. in political science from Dickinson College, a certificate in conflict resolution from the School of International Service at the American University, a M. Div. from the DeSales School of Theology and graduated the Army's Command and General Staff Course.

Father Plaushin has 10 years experience in secondary education as a classroom teacher and chaplain. He has served in parochial ministry and was the founding director of DeSales Service Works in Philadelphia, Pa., the Oblate volunteer service and spirituality program. He has a special interest in the dynamic between religion and culture.

Press Release: Father Mark F. Plaushin, OSFS, to Return to Kuwait | Posted on: 1/6/2006

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
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DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

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