Loyola University Chicago

Catholic Studies


All students working toward a Catholic studies minor must attend three capstone seminars with the program director or a designated Catholic studies faculty member during the final semester of their senior year. Two capstone seminars involve making presentations to fellow seniors. The purpose of these two presentations is to create an informal context for students to explore and discuss the relationship between the Catholic intellectual and artistic traditions and their major field of study using various media, such as film, literature, theology, philosophy, poetry, autobiography, music, and development in the sciences. At the third capstone seminar, students will present their work to faculty members and a larger group of students participating in the Catholic studies minor.

Capstone Projects

2020 Capstone Banquet Program

Kileen Albright
Hometown: Gurnee, IL
Major: Nursing
Minor: Catholic Studies
Hobbies: reading, hiking, and taking care of my many houseplants!
Favorite Saint: St. Therese of Lisieux is my homegirl, but Pope St. JPII, St. Joseph, and St. Francis of Assisi are close seconds!
Sylvester Alonz
Hometown: Republic of Palau
Major: Religious Studies
Minor: Catholic Studies, Chinese Language and Culture
Hobbies: Playing ukelele, traveling, reading, and snorkeling
Interests: Religion, Culture (East and South Asian, Latin, Francophonic, Middle Eastern)
Favorite Saints/ "Saintly People": Francis Xavier, Oscar Romero, Sr. Helen Prejean
Salena Ibrahim
Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL, a south suburb of Chicago.
Major: Secondary Education and English
Minor: Catholic Studies and Special Education
Interests: Reading/writing, trying new recipes, and putting her sarcasm to good use! She also loves spending time outside, no matter the season. So, naturally,
Favorite Saint: St. Francis of Assisi!
Capstone Project: Everything Is Connected
Kennedy Murphy
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI, but has lived all over the state. She spent her middle school years in Houghton Lake, her high school years and most of college in Carson City, and is now back in Grand Rapids with her family.
Major: Advertising and Public Relations
Minor: Catholic Studies and Sports Management
Career Goals: She is excited to pursue a career in collegiate athletics.
Interests: Reading, watching movies with her siblings, and playing quidditch. One thing she is looking forward to most after the stay-at-home order is enjoying a movie in a theater with a large bucket of popcorn (with extra butter).
Favorite Saints: St. Sebastian and St. Bernadette
Capstone Project: Quarantine Cookbook
Veronica Rusk
Hometown: I grew up in South Florida and moved to Chicago a few years ago.
Major: Film and Women's and Gender Studies
Minor: Catholic Studies
Interests: Reading, writing, and watching Disney movies; spending time with friends and family.
Favorite Saint: St. Martha, who is my confirmation saint. I've always admired her story and been inspired by her faith.
Justyna Skowronski
Hometown: Orland Park, IL (Southwest suburbs of Chicago)
Major: English
Minor: Catholic Studies and Journalism
Hobbies: Running and biking down the lakefront, reading anything and everything, rock climbing, playing violin, spending time with her 10 siblings, and trying out new cafes and restaurants in the city.
Favorite Saints: St. Gemma Galgani, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Capstone Project: A Modern Day Book of Saints

2016 Senior Capstones

Guy Valponi
Teaching Religion in Contemporary Cultural Texts

Paul de Bord
Conversion Diaries: From Augustine to
Jennifer Fulwiler

Theodore McManigal
Cafeteria Catholicism and A Scriptural Reflection on The Church as Christ on Earth

Matthew Anderson
Every Choice is Binary:
A Mathematical View of Free Will

Joseph Carroll
Just Outside the Picture Frame:
the Role of Grace in Understanding Nature

Claire Soupene
About Her Departure: Wild Geese Calling

Ronald Amiscaray
Becoming WE AM

Emily Bajzek
A Past and Present Understanding of Self

Katie Melody
Sowing the Seed: Jesus of the Interwebs

Elizabeth Sextro
You are that water: now flow!

Maura Rocks
Prophets Among Us

Ann Burns
Compassion, Consolation, and Community:
The Catalysts of Transformative Education

Tyler Murphy
Our Transformation, Our Duty, Our Leverage within Society