Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies


For more information please contact:

Mark Bersano
Coordinator of Parish Leadership and Management Programs
Lewis Towers Suite 609-D
Water Tower Campus
Phone: 312.915.7428


Mark Bersano, former Director of the INSPIRE Project, joined IPS as the new Coordinator of Parish Leadership and Management Programs. INSPIRE, a partnership initiative of Loyola University Chicago and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, was a Lilly Endowment, Inc. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence grant that supports expressions of collaborative leadership among the ordained and lay members of Catholic parish staffs.

Mark holds an MA in Social Justice (MASJ) from Loyola University Chicago, and a BA in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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 at Platinum Technologies, a software Business and Quality Assurance Analyst at Geneer software industries, and an English 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.

Mark’s passion lies in greening the Earth through the promotion of simple living, economic justice, and viable alternatives to consumerism. He believes that the power and wisdom of local communities—especially local parish communities—can transform the world.