Loyola University Chicago

THEA Institute

Devin Shepard

THEA Program Assistant

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Devin is a first year graduate student at Loyola University of Chicago’s Social Work program working on his MSW and CADC. He hopes to work with adult mental illness, substance use disorder and those who experience homelessness.

Devin’s undergraduate degree is in religious studies and psychology from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Devin began his vocation during his junior year at CWRU starting up a homeless outreach program with three college friends. He has continued to work in the realm of mental illness, substance use disorder, those experiencing homelessness and ministry for the past five years through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW, Western Montana Mental Health Center, the Newman Center at Northern Illinois University and discerning the Society of Jesus as a donné. He joined the THEA Steering Committee in January 2018.

His favorite retreat center is the Sioux Spiritual Center in Howes, SD, where he participated in a silent retreat during a Jesuit Immersion program at St. Francis Mission in Rosebud, SD.

Devin was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up in Columbus, OH and Brookfield, CT. He has also lived in Missoula, MT and Milwaukee, WI. His hobbies include hiking, camping, playing the guitar, reading, weight lifting, exercising and having fun with his family and friends. This summer he chaperoned an immersion program with high school students to El Toro in the Dominican Republic. On his "bucket list" are to build his own tiny house and to use a skydiving-flying suit, even though he is extremely afraid of heights.