Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Faculty & Staff

Mark Bersano

Title/s:  Assistant Dean for Continuing Education

Office #:  WTC-LT #647

Phone: 312.915.7428



Mark Bersano serves as Assistant Dean for Continuing Education at IPS where he oversees programs such as the Chicago Catholic Scripture School, the Pastoral Ministry Certificate Program for the United Kingdom, the Ignatian Legacy Fellows program, and the IPS Restorative Justice Ministry Certificate in partnership with Catholic Extension. He is the former Director of the INSPIRE Project—a partnership initiative of Loyola University Chicago and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago—a Lilly Endowment Sustaining Pastoral Excellence grant that supported expressions of collaborative leadership among lay and ordained members of Catholic parish staffs. Mark also supports the efforts of international exchange in the Church through the CrossingOver and ZAP (Center for Applied Pastoal Research) initiatives in conjunction with six German Catholic dioceses and Ruhr University in Bochum. For more than twelve years, Mark has facilitated the exchange of German and American scholars and pastoral ministers in building the Kingdom through the dialogue, research, and shared experience.
Mark holds an MA in Social Justice (MASJ) from Loyola University Chicago, and a BA in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. A lifelong learner, Mark is currently working on a second MA is Pastoral Counseling (MAPC) at IPS. Current interests include restorative justice; mission integration and formation; and the mind, body, spirit connection. A lifelong learner, Mark is working on a second MA in Pastoral Counseling. He is very involved in men’s work through The Mankind Project—an international organization which supports men’s emotional authenticity, accountability, and personal mission. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the newly forming Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition (CPMC)—an extension of the restorative justice work he began at LUC.
Before coming to Loyola and INSPIRE, Mark served as both the Chief Deputy Recorder and the Systems Administrator for the Will County Recorder of Deeds in Joliet, Illinois. He has also worked as a technical writer, a software business and quality assurance analyst, and an English as a Second Language Instructor at Northeast Normal University in the People’s Republic of China. He has done internship work with the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and the 8th Day Center for Justice.

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