Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development

Connect with Staff

Meet our staff & join us for virtual chats!

Scroll below to meet our staff and connect via Zoom. Virtual Chats are a way for students to connect with the Campus Ministry and Community Service and Action (CSA) staff. Each week, Campus Ministers and CSA staff will hold scheduled Virtual Chats. Join a chat for a few minutes to learn about programs and services. The chats are also a time to just talk about what is happening in your life and your Loyola experience.

Staff are listed in chronological order of Virtual Chats.

Mondays 

Fr. Jerry Overbeck, S.J.

Resident Chaplain
Chat with Fr. Jerry about pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Fr. Jerry's favorite season is Fall and his dream vacation is to Hawaii.

Virtual chat: Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Virtual chat title: Java with the Jesuit Jerry Overbeck, S.J.
Join Fr. Jerry Overbeck's virtual chat (password is 3129157186)
Learn more about Jerry!

 

Steven Betancourt

Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, Director of Liturgical Ministry
Chat with Steven about music, choir, singing, and Catholic life. Steven's favorite spot on campus is Madonna della Strada Chapel, inside and out. His favorite Chicago tradition is the first snow.

Virtual chat: Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: I have music questions! (or can I see your dog?)
Join Steven Betancourt's virtual chat
Learn more about Steven!

 

Lauren Schwer

Associate Director of Campus Ministry, Director of Retreats
Chat with Lauren about Igantian spirituality, retreats, spiritual direction, athletics, movies, exploring Chicago during COVID life, and traveling! You might find Lauren watching The West WingThe Office, and/or Game of Thrones, listening to 23 different podcasts, and reading way more than she used to.

Virtual chat: Mondays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: Unload with Lauren
Join Lauren Schwer's virtual chat
Learn more about Lauren!

 

 

Tuesdays 

Fr. Michael Christiana, S.J.

Chaplain

Virtual chat: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Virtual chat title: Chat with Catholic Chaplain Fr. Michael Christiana, S.J.
Join Fr. Michael Christiana's virtual chat
Learn more about Michael!

 

Cookie 2018

Cookie Krupa

Administrative Assistant, Chapel Coordinator for Weddings
Chat with Cookie about the various ways we have for students to connect with us and each other, the chapel, and weddings. You might find Cookie listening to NPR's Up First podcast. If she could have a meal with any 3 people, she would choose breakfast or lunch with Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Virtual chat: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.-noon
Virtual chat title: Chat with Cookie
Join Cookie Krupa's virtual chat
Learn more about Cookie!

 

John Paul Salay

Liturgy and R.C.I.A. Coordinator
Chat with John Paul about Catholic life, liturgies, and volunteering at the Chapel, and how to become Catholic or receive your First Communion or Confirmation. John Paul's favorite Chicago tradition is going to Christkindlmarket downtown, and his dream vacation is to Vienna and Budapest.

Virtual chat: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: Catholic Chat with John Paul
Join John Paul Salay's virtual chat
Learn more about John Paul!

 

Fr. Thomas Chillikulam, S.J.

Chaplain
Chat with Fr. Thomas about spiritual life, sacraments, Jesuits and Jesuit values, prayers and blessings, and interfaith. Thomas' favorite Chicago tradition is the green river on St. Patrick's Day and his favorite season is whenever the sun is out.

Virtual chat: Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: Chat with Catholic Chaplain Fr. Thomas Chillikulam
Join Fr. Thomas Chillikulam's virtual chat
Learn more about Thomas! 

 

 

Wednesdays 

Hannah Sternig

Community Outreach Coordinator
Chat with Hannah about service opportunities (virtual or in person), getting involved, any social justice topics, registering to vote, Strengthsquest, Wisconsin, crafting, and baking. Hannah's favorite season is Summer and her favorite Chicago take-out is pizza from Spacca Napoli.

Virtual chat: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Virtual chat title: Celebrating Small Successes
Join Hannah Sternig's virtual chat
Learn more about Hannah!

 

Lisa 2018

Lisa Reiter

Director of Campus Ministry
Chat with Lisa about how participating in a faith community helps you to make friends and become a better person. Her dream vacation is sailing around the world and her favorite spot on campus is the Chapel gardens.

Virtual chat: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: What's on Your Mind and in Your Heart?
Join Lisa Reiter's virtual chat
Learn more about Lisa!

Thursdays 

Alex Schorr
Alec Kenny
Tyler Ward

Agape & Ecclesia
Chat with Alex, Alec, and Tyler about faith, food, sports, running the Chicago Marathon and raising money for clean water, learning what it means to follow Jesus, and how to get connected to a really awesome group of encouraging, fun, and loving people on campus.

Virtual chat: Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Virtual chat title: Prayer, Praise, and Pastoral Advice with Alex, Alec, & Tyler
Join Alex, Alec, & Tyler's virtual chat
Learn more about Alex, Alec, & Tyler!

 

Megan Barry

Community Service & Action Director
Chat with Megan about local community engagement, Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods around campus, advocacy programs, post-graduate service programs like Jesuit Volunteer Corps or Peace Corps, and the intersection of service and faith. You might find Megan watching PBS/BBC shows, anything from The Great British Bake Off to whatever murder mystery is on.

Virtual chat: Thurdsays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: Community Connections hosted by Megan Barry
Join Megan Barry's virtual chat
Learn more about Megan!

 

Megan Lynch Quirk

Retreat Coordinator
Chat with Megan about retreats, Agape Latte, intentional social media engagement, Ignatian spirituality, knitting, crafting, and bread baking! Megan's favorite season is Autumn and you might find her watching Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Great British Baking Show, or pretty much anything on Disney+. 

Virtual chat: Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: Tea Time with Megan Lynch Quirk
Join Megan Lynch Quirk's virtual chat
Learn more about Megan!

 

Allison Loecke

Faith Formation Campus Minister
Chat with Allison about Christian Life Community (small faith sharing groups), Alternative Break Immersions, art prayer, sourdough starters, and emergency confetti. Allison's favorite Chicago traditions are the CTA Santa Train and the The Sound of Music singalong at the Musicbox.

Virtual chat: Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: Coffee Shop with Allison Loecke
Join Allison Loecke's virtual chat
Learn more about Allison! 

 

Omer Mozaffar

Muslim Chaplain
Chat with Omer about Islamic life and Dad jokes. If Omer could have dinner with any three people, he would choose: #1 Someone who brings the chicken tenders; #2 Older daughter; #3 Younger daughter.

Virtual chat: Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: Chat with the Muslim Chaplain Omer Mozaffar
Join Omer Mozaffar's virtual chat
Learn more about Omer!  

Fridays 

Caroline Spikner

Hillel Engagement Coordinator
Chat with Caroline about Jewish life on campus. Caroline's new favorite COVID hobby is crocheting through Zoom calls, and you might find her reading everything from Reese Witherspoon's book club list.

Virtual chat: Fridays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Virtual chat title: Jews, Jazz & Java
Join Caroline's virtual chat
Learn more about Caroline!