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.
Fr. Jerry Overbeck, S.J.
Chat with Fr. Jerry about pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Fr. Jerry's favorite season is Fall and his dream vacation is to Hawaii.
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.
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 Wing, The 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
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.
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.
Fr. Thomas Chillikulam, S.J.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Megan Lynch Quirk
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+.
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.
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.
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.