Loyola University Chicago

Catholic Studies

Alumni

The Catholic Studies minor has a wide array of alumni who continue to connect Catholicism with their disciplines. Check back on this page for featured alumni and alumni updates. If you are a CS alumni and you would like to get in touch with current CS students or other alumni please contact hankcenter@luc.edu.

Welcome to the Catholic Studies Alumni Profile Series!

This page features alumni who have been faithful to the Catholic Studies community and who have used their experiences within it to grow in their vocations, professional endeavors, and personal lives. 

Rickele Coy

What year did you graduate from Loyola University Chicago?

I graduated from Loyola in 2017 with my Bachelor's in Psychology.

What did you study at Loyola University Chicago?

After earning my Bachelor's in Psychology, I began the Masters of Social Work program in the fall of 2017. During my studies, I noticed that many social works either avoid talking about religion completely, or only talk about it negatively. My experience as a Catholic Studies minor motivated me to challenge the way religion was discussed in social work.

What is your current occupation?

I graduated from the Masters of Social Work program in May 2019 and I am now the Site Coordinator at the Vietnamese Association of Illinois. I work with middle school youth in an after school setting, as well as supervise interns who are currently Master of Social Work students. When I work with my interns, it is my goal to help them understand the importance of addressing religion in our work with clients.

How has your participation in the Catholic Studies minor enhanced your perspective on living out your career and vocation?

As I mentioned, my experience as a Catholic Studies minor motivated me to challenge the way religion was discussed in social work. While religion can certainly be a source of heartache it can also be a source of comfort. When social workers approach treatment it is important that we address the whole person, which includes their religion.

Reilly Cosgrove

What year did you graduate from Loyola University Chicago?

I graduated in May 2018.

What did you study at Loyola University Chicago?

My major was Psychology and minors included both History and Catholic Studies.

What is your current occupation?

I am currently a Doctor of Occupational Therapy Candidate at Creighton University.

How has your participation in the Catholic Studies minor enhanced your perspective on living out your career and vocation?

As a graduate student in the healthcare field, I think the Catholic Studies minor prepared me to address each of my patients as an individual, and view each one holistically. It has also improved my ability to address spirituality with my clients. As research shows, health outcomes and patient satisfaction can be improved when healthcare professionals are willing to discuss their clients' spiritual needs.