Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Adjunct Faculty and Emeritae

Teresa Sullivan

Title/s:  Adjunct Instructor

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About

My name is Teresa Sullivan and I live in St. Louis with my husband of 22 years and our three sons ages 17, 15 and 12. I work as a full-time staff chaplain at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital and was just recently nominated to be the Lead Interview Team Educator (ITE) with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. I've served as an interviewer and ITE for the last several years - this is how I've gotten to know the previous adjunct faculty, Kathy Ponce, and was invited to this role at LUC. I'm originally from Chicago, grew up on the southwest side of the city. I attended St. Mary's College of Notre Dame, IN, did a year of full-time volunteer service through Holy Cross Associates, received my Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and did all of my Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), including residency, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

I have a great love for Jesuit spirituality and was blessed during my ten years in Boston to be a member of a Jesuit parish. In my current role, I have the privilege of being a preceptor to CPE students and have walked alongside and been deeply impacted by learning with and from students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including several young Jesuit seminarians. One of the highlights for me in the last several years has been serving as a faculty member for an elective at St. Louis University Medical School entitled "The Intersection of Spirituality and Medicine," where I am able to share in experiences and reflections with first-year medical students as they shadow chaplains and explore how attending to spiritual and emotional needs influences patients, family members and caregivers in the hospital setting.

I'm really looking forward to serving in this position and guiding students as they prepare for certification and ministry.