Derrick Witherington, PhD, STD
Campus Minister for Catholic Liturgy and Catechesis
Dr. Derrick Witherington is the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, supervising and coordinating sacramental life for the Loyola Community. In this role he helps develop vibrant and inclusive Catholic worship experiences for members of the university community, manages the daily operation of Madonna della Strada Chapel, and leads the team of staff and students who minister at Madonna della Strada Chapel. Derrick also manages catechetical initiatives for members of the Loyola Community including the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, the Confirmation Program, and ongoing opportunities for learning about the vast richness of the Catholic tradition. Finally, Derrick is an adjunct faculty member of Loyola’s Theology Department where he teaches classes in Sacramental and Systematic Theology.
Derrick is no stranger to Loyola and received both his B.A. and M.A. from our university. During his time as a M.A. student, he worked as the Chapel Intern in Madonna della Strada Chapel, an experience which confirmed his desire to work in ministry in a university setting. After leaving Loyola, Derrick lived abroad in Belgium for several years where he worked as a researcher in Systematic Theology at the Catholic University of Louvain (KU Leuven) while also serving in ministerial-leadership roles in parish and university settings. At the end of his time in Belgium, Derrick earned his doctorate in Systematic Theology and returned to the United States where he worked at Marquette University prior to moving back home to Chicago and Loyola. In his spare time, Derrick enjoys music, the arts, reading, and keeping active.
PhD/STD: Systematic Theology (KU Leuven)
MAS/STL: Theology and Religious Studies (KU Leuven)
MA: Theological Studies (Loyola University Chicago)
BA: Classical Civilization and Philosophy (Loyola University Chicago)