Derrick Witherington, PhD, STD
Campus Minister for Catholic Liturgy and Catechesis
Derrick Witherington is our Campus Minister for Catholic Liturgy and Catechesis. In this role he coordinates Catholic liturgies on campus, provides formational and training opportunities for student liturgical ministers, supervises the team of student sacristans at Madonna della Strada Chapel, and runs the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for students seeking to become Roman Catholic. He also organizes the Confirmation Program for Catholics who have never been confirmed and does some teaching for Loyola’s Theology Department.
Derrick is a proud Loyola alumnus, having received his B.A. in Philosophy and Classics in 2008 followed by a M.A. in Theological Studies in 2012. After his time at Loyola, Derrick moved to Belgium to earn a research master’s in Theology and Religious Studies, followed by a doctorate in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of Louvain (KU Leuven). Throughout his academic studies, Derrick was always actively involved in ministry in university, parish, and archdiocesan settings as well.
Derrick is thrilled to be back at Loyola doing what he loves – combining his dual vocation of minister and theologian in the service of helping people grow in their faith. In his spare time, Derrick enjoys reading, biking and running along the lake, and re-discovering his hometown of Chicago.