Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Mission Integration

Lauren Schwer

Associate Director of Campus Ministry

Director of Retreats

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A trained educator, dedicated minister, and experienced spiritual director, Lauren Schwer has been involved with Ignatian formation in a variety of roles for the entirety of the 21st century. Lauren is responsible for developing and implementing a campus-wide retreat program; connecting students to Ignatian spirituality, the Spiritual Exercises, and spiritual direction; supporting mission and ministry in the Athletic Department; and serves as the chaplain for the Men's Volleyball team. Additionally, she teaches courses in Spiritual Direction through the Jesuit community, All Things Ignatian in Catholic Studies, and The Spiritual Exercises in the Institute of Pastoral Studies.

After living on the east coast for 11 years (Boston, New York, and DC), she returned to her Chicago roots in 2010 to help create the retreat program. Prior to Loyola, she served as a high school teacher, campus minister, and coach for Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in the Washington, D.C. area. Lauren earned both her B.A. in Theology and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, as well as certificates in Spiritual Direction (Loyola University Chicago) and Spiritual Entrepreneurship (Columbia Business School). Her interests include enjoying new and challenging physical activities, going on adventures, reading, exploring the awesome city of Chicago, story-telling, and traveling.