04/02/2019

Alumni Success: LIMEX honors Basil Pflumm, MPS '02

Basil Pflumm, MPS ’02, was accomplished before he began his Loyola career.  After retiring as an Air Force Brigadier General who served as Deputy Auditor General, he held several positions, including Vice President, in the Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA), an international professional association.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, has served on numerous boards, has taught as an adjunct at several universities, and is a sought-after consultant on corporate governance. 

He graduated with a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans’ Institute for Ministry, which offers its degrees and certificates on campus and online.  It does so onsite as well as through its extension (LIMEX) program, which started in the Diocese of Orlando in the late 1980s.  LIMEX relies on diocesan liaisons to recruit for and administer the program.  Because it is a facilitated program, it relies on trained and credentialed facilitators to implement the curriculum that is designed and overseen by Loyola faculty. 

Basil’s wife Dolores “Dodie” Pflumm graduated first with a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from the LIMEX program in Orlando in 1995.  She persuaded Basil to pursue his Loyola studies, which he completed in 2002.  The first of several LIMEX groups he would facilitate began in 2004 and graduated in 2008.  From 2008-2019, he served on both paid and unpaid bases as diocesan liaison and was responsible for recruiting students and maintaining the vitality of the program in Orlando.  He was also responsible for the collaboration that would bring LIMEX in Spanish to Orlando. 

His LIMEX studies led directly to the strategic planning he conducted for Annunciation Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, FL that produced a mission statement, vision statement, and organization that still guides this vibrant parish north of Orlando. 

The celebration of LIMEX’s 30+ years in the Diocese of Orlando that was held on March 16 also honored Basil for his contributions to LIMEX.  At that event, he expressed deep gratitude for the gift that his Loyola studies have been to him.  He particularly valued its Ignatian spirituality, commitment to creation, emphasis on community, and integration of theology and spirituality with everyday life. 

Thank you and congratulations Basil!

 

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