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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
susanne.chawszczewski@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.

Patrick Cousins

 

Assistant Director
314-977-1505
patrick.cousins@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 the Nature Retreat and much of campus ministry's online and social media presence. It is one of the great joys of my life to accompany students in encountering new and challenging cultural circumstances. Outside of work, my spouse Cristina and I live with our son Colin in Benton Park and enjoy exploring the city.

Robby Francis

Spring Hall Campus Minister
314-977-3055
robby.francis@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

Grand Hall Campus Minister
314-977-9778
christy.hicks@slu.edu

Christy Hicks
  • B.S.: French Education (English minor), University of Missouri
  • M.A.: Pastoral Ministry, University of Dayton
  • Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Aquinas Institute of Theology

I am delighted to be the campus minister in Grand Hall after serving in Griesedieck Complex over the last four years. 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 this 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, biking, travel and spending time in the great outdoors. I also love spending time with people, particularly my family and friends.

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)
robert.murphy@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

CLC Coordinator and Immersion Coordinator
314-977-1516
jennifer.petruso@slu.edu

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

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

Griesedieck Hall Campus Minister
314-977-1525
jim.roach@slu.edu

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

I'm overjoyed to be in my third year as a part of the Campus Ministry team, serving out of Griesedieck Complex after two years in Reinert Hall. I am also on the leadership team for the Fresh Look retreat, the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice trip to our nation's capital, and will be accompanying students this upcoming spring on an Immersion trip to the L'Arche community in Mobile, AL. I assist with weekly Griesedieck Complex Mass. I also oversee the department's bereavement program. Prior to SLU, I worked for several years as a hospital chaplain, and in my distant past, was a newspaper journalist covering the crime beat (let me know if you want to hear any of those stories!). I enjoy mentoring and accompanying college students with life, faith, and solidarity as it relates to community and cultivating leadership. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, hiking, spending time with dear friends, exercise, taking in concerts, road trips, volunteering, and most importantly, quality time with my beloved wife and family.

Erin Schmidt

Liturgy Coordinator
314-977-1685
erin.schmidt@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
nicholas.smith@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
ann.tettamble@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.

A Thomé

 

Choir Director
314-977-1538
aria.thome@slu.edu

A Thome
  • B.A.: Music, Webster University
  • M.S.M.: Sacred Music, Graduate Theological Foundation
  • D.S.M.: Sacred Music, Graduate Theological Foundation

I am from St. Louis and am happy to be back, having lived in Phoenix, Arizona for 12 years. It was there I continued my education and began full time work in music ministry and liturgy. My passion for choral directing, vocal coaching, and using sound and music in ministry continued to grow, and I am humbled to bring those joys to SLU's campus. Aside from 'work', I am a sound healing practitioner and choral composer, and I love spending time with my 9 nieces and nephews.

Michelle Verner

 

Reinert Hall Campus Minister and Immersion Coordinator
314-977-1532
michelle.verner@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 Reinert 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).