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Campus ministry supports the mission of the University in the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. We welcome you, regardless of your faith.

Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry

We encourage you to explore your spirituality, engage with our campus ministers and participate in our programs. Please feel free to stop by our office at any time.

Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry
Wuller Hall
314-977-2425

Who we are

Sue Chawszczewski, Ph.D.

Director of Campus Ministry
314-977-1530
schawszc@slu.edu

Sue Chawszczewski, Ph.D.
  • B.A.: English Literature and Anthropology, Knox College
  • M.A.: Pastoral Studies, Saint Francis Seminary
  • Ph.D.: Education, Saint Louis University

I am originally from Chicago and have worked in student development administration, as well as for a Catholic non-profit in Milwaukee. My favorite retreat house is the Jesuit Retreat Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where I can keep attuned to God's desires through the silence. I live with two cats, Charlie and Bernard, and in my spare time I love to read, listen to music and cook.

John Burke

Faith and Justice Coordinator
314-977-1532
burkejf@slu.edu

John Burke

 

  • B.S.: Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • M.Div.: Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

I grew up in Wyoming as one of five kids. Before leaving home, I learned to cook and love outdoor adventures. I studied international politics at Georgetown University, traveled in the Americas and India, worked in prison ministry in Belize with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and learned to love scripture while studying theology in Berkeley. At SLU, I coordinate campus ministry's immersion programs, participation in the Ignatian Family Teach-In and other opportunities to engage the life of faith in works for justice. I am also interested in exploring how our efforts for justice nourish the spiritual life. Beyond work and social justice, I enjoy cooking, building things and exploring St. Louis.

Patrick Cousins

 

Assistant Director
314-977-1505
pcousin1@slu.edu

Patrick Cousins
  • B.A.: Religious Studies, Loyola University New Orleans
  • M.A.: Theology, University of Notre Dame
  • M.A.: Religion, Syracuse University

I came to St. Louis from my hometown of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and after many years as a Billiken, I am happier than ever to be here. In addition to the yearly immersion trip here in St. Louis, I organize our intern program, the Nature Retreat and much of campus ministry's online and social media presence. It is a thrill to accompany students in encountering new and challenging cultural circumstances. Outside of work, I study psychoanalytic theory and enjoy cooking, watching Doctor Who with my wonderful spouse, Cristina, and exercising like there is no tomorrow.

Sean Dineen

Choir Director
314-977-2425
dineensp@slu.edu

Sean Dineen
  • B.A.: Biology and Psychology, Saint Louis University
  • M.P.H.: Health Education, Saint Louis University

Although my day job is in the medical device industry, I have had the pleasure of working for campus ministry as the music coordinator for many years. Over the years, SLU's Mass Choir has grown from a small ensemble for Sunday evening student liturgies to 50-60 singers and 12-15 pieces in the band/orchestra. I am proud to have been part of the core planning team for the Papal Youth Rally in 1999, music director of Youth Sing Praise in Belleville, Illinois, in 1998 and 1999, and music minister for hundreds of weddings, funerals and services over the years.

Robby Francis

Spring Hall Campus Minister
314-977-3055
rfranci7@slu.edu

Robby Frances
  • B.A.: Philosophy, St. John's University
  • M.A.: Pastoral Studies, Aquinas Institute of Theology

I am the campus minister in Spring residence hall. I'm passionate about social justice and spirituality, and especially seeing where the two connect. I'm a St. Louis native and love all things St. Louis. During my free time, I enjoy reading, camping and exploring everything this city has to offer.

Christy Hicks

Griesedieck Hall Campus Minister
314-977-1525 (Gries 259)
hickscm@slu.edu

Christy Hicks
  • B.S.: French Education (English minor), University of Missouri
  • M.A.: Pastoral Ministry, University of Dayton

I am delighted to be the campus minister in Griesedieck Hall. Born and raised in Missouri, my hometown is Jefferson City, but I have lived in St. Louis since 2009. Prior to working at SLU, I worked at a local Catholic publishing company as an acquisitions editor, and before that I spent a year with the Salesian Lay Mission Program where I served in Tumkur, India and Kathmandu, Nepal. My graduate degree is from the University of Dayton, where I also worked as a graduate assistant campus minister in residence life. From 2001 to 2006, I was the full-time campus minister at the Newman Center at the University of Missouri. My leisure activities include reading, writing, drinking coffee, gardening, running, travel and spending time in the great outdoors.

Robert Murphy, S.J.

Campus Minister for School of Medicine and the Doisy College of Health Sciences
314-977-8071 (School of Medicine) or 314-977-3062 (Eckelkamp Center)
murphyre@slu.edu

Robert Murphy, S.J.
  • B.S.: Physical Therapy, University of South Alabama
  • D.P.T.: Saint Louis University
  • M.Div.: Boston College
  • S.T.L.: Boston College

I serve as the coordinator of the retreat program and campus minister for medical and allied health students. I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from SLU. In addition, I was ordained a priest at College Church. True to my background, I enjoy watching, reading about and playing sports, especially soccer. Since I am from New Orleans, I am a huge Saints fan, but do not worry, I am a big Cardinals fan as well. Outside of sports, I enjoy watching movies, cooking and visiting with my family, friends and Jesuit brothers.

Jen Petruso

Marguerite and Spring Halls Campus Minister
314-977-1504
jpetruso@slu.edu

Jen Petruso
  • B.A.: Theological Studies, Saint Louis University
  • M.A.: Theology, Notre Dame

I am thrilled to be working in Marguerite and Spring Halls and with campus ministry interns this year. I grew up in Cincinnati and began my journey at SLU as an undergrad when I studied psychology and theology. After a year as a campus ministry intern and a couple years working in a parish, I decided a career in campus ministry was the right path for me. I facilitate a Christian Learning Community and coordinate our monthly Taizé prayer service. When I'm not working, I love exploring the city on my bike, taking runs through Forest Park, getting coffee with friends, reading poetry, enjoying the local music scene and traveling all over the world.

Jim Roach

Reinert Hall Campus Minister
314-977-2427
jamesroach@slu.edu

Jim Roach
  • B.A.: Communication (Journalism), Truman State University
  • M.Div.: Covenant Theological Seminary

I'm a St. Louis native and overjoyed to be in my second year as a part of the campus ministry team, serving out of Reinert Hall. I am also on the leadership team for the Fresh Look retreat and the Connections retreat. I assist with weekly Reinert Hall Mass and am involved with the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice trip to our nation's capital. I also oversee the department's bereavement program. Prior to SLU, I worked for several years as a hospital chaplain. I enjoy mentoring and walking alongside college students through life, faith and servant leadership; I've long harbored admiration and respect for the ethos that permeates this campus community. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, hiking, music, reading, taking in concerts, landscaping, road trips, following St. Louis Cardinals baseball and hanging out with my wife and family.

Erin Schmidt

Liturgy Coordinator
314-977-1685
fitzpael@slu.edu

Erin Schmidt
  • B.A.: Theology, Marquette University
  • M.T.S.: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

I serve as the liturgy coordinator at Saint Louis University. I grew up in St. Louis’ north county and went to high school at Incarnate Word Academy. (Go Red Knights!) My areas of interest are ecclesiology, liturgy and Catholic social teaching. My husband, David, and I have two energetic sons, Benjamin and Jason. With my family, I enjoy cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, listening to music, watching movies and cooking healthy alternative foods. I am excited to work and pray with all people at Saint Louis University.

Father Nick Smith

RCIA Coordinator
314-977-1535
smithnw@slu.edu

Father Nick Smith
  • B.A.: English, Millikin University
  • M.A.: English, Saint Louis University
  • M.A.: Theology, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • M.Div.: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • M.A.: Biology, Saint Louis University
  • Ph.D. (ABD): American Studies, Saint Louis University

Ordained as a priest in 1994 for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I have been a faculty member at SLU since 1996 and teach “Theological Foundations” and “American Christianity.” I am also a part-time campus minister at SLU, coordinating the Rite of Christian Initiation program. In addition to my teaching and campus ministry responsibilities, I am the faculty moderator for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the SLU lacrosse team, and the academic moderator for the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. I am also the associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the master of ceremonies for the cathedral sanctuary. I am in the final stages of my dissertation focusing on Roman Catholic military chaplains in the Iraq War.

Ann Tettamble

 

Office Coordinator
314-977-2425
atettamb@slu.edu

Ann Tettamble
  • B.A.: Saint Louis University

I am in my tenth year at SLU, all in Campus Ministry. My three sons and I live in south city. I attended Quincy University and completed my degree through SLU’s School of Professional Studies. I enjoy running, tennis, baking, bike trail riding, basketball, yard work, car and train travel and games - especially Bananagrams, Boggle, Apples to Apples and cards. Some interesting facts about me are that I can walk on stilts and have never had my ears pierced. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with and meet students every day. Please stop by the Eckelkamp Center to say hi.

Michelle Verner

 

Fusz Hall Campus Minister
314-977-1533
mverner@slu.edu

Michelle Verner
  • B.A. Theological Studies and International Studies: Saint Louis University
  • M.Div.: Boston College

I am grateful for the opportunity to accompany the students of Fusz Hall as their campus minister this year. I am excited to be back at SLU, my alma mater, and I hope to bring my passion for the intersection of faith and justice to the ministry I do here. I'm originally from Indianapolis, so I'm a true mid-westerner at heart, and with that comes a love of card games, cornfields, and hospitality. Some of my favorite things in life are coffee, community, conversation, cooking, and coloring (...and alliteration).

Campus Ministry Interns

Parker Davis
Parker DavisI am a senior studying Theology with minors in Graphic Design and Advertising. I grew up in Sainte Genevieve, MO and today I am very excited to be living in St. Louis, studying at SLU, and working as an intern for Campus Ministry. I am thrilled to continue to grow under the ministers in this department and now be in a position to invite my peers to grow as well. I will be working primarily with Christian Life Communities as well as Connections Retreat, Upper Room and some other small programs. Post-graduation, I plan to do a year or two of service, maybe work for some non-profits, maybe go to graduate school, but hopefully find my way back to a university to be a campus minister. A few of my favorite things are photography, strawberry milk, the color yellow, polar bears, deep conversations, big sweaters, the sunflower emoji, doing creative work, vegetarian tamales and being in the sun.
Hannah Sattler
Hannah SattlerI live up to the stereotype of being a very proud Texan, from Tyler...the part with trees. My major is Social Work with a theology minor. I am eager to see where the wind blows me, but I am planning on doing a year of service, pursuing a graduate degree in Social Work and then getting a job. I love laughing, long walks, food, flowers, tea and coffee dates, music, reindeer, football, crafting, traveling and adventuring. My main focus as intern is working Liturgy, (look out for me at 9 p.m. Mass) as well as Nature Retreat and Res Hall fellowship. I cannot wait to work and grow with the SLU community and my incredible fellow interns.
Emily Win

Emily WinI am in my fourth year at SLU studying English literature  and although I was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio, I like to call many places throughout the world “home.” This year I am thrilled to be working with the immersion programs, leading Upper Room, planning Nature Retreat and exploring the intersection and love that can be found between faith and social justice. When I’m not reading or writing, I find deep fulfillment in traveling the world, roughing it out in forests, lakes, and campgrounds, and exploring the versatile food and music scenes of St. Louis. I’m excited to bring my work and time with Catholic HEART Work Camp and World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland to my year of interning with SLU’s Campus Ministry team.

Maria Yamnitz
Maria YamnitzI am a senior studying Theology and Catholic Education and am thrilled to be a campus ministry intern this year. I will be focusing specifically on retreats which will play to my strengths of sleeping and eating. I’ll also be spending timein Res Halls and coordinating Taize. Some things that make my heart feel full and glad are naps in the sun, ambles in the woods, driving with the windows down, making spaces comfy, baking (especially cookies) and singing while I wash the dishes.