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
Who We Are
Sue Chawszczewski, Ph.D.
Director of Campus Ministry
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, Bernard (named after my favorite theologian, Bernard Lonergan, S.J.) and Francis (named after St. Francis de Sales), and in my spare time I love to read, listen to music and cook.
B.A., Religious Studies, Loyola University New Orleans
M.A., Theology, University of Notre Dame
M.A., Religion, Syracuse University
Hello fellow Billikens! It is a privilege to accompany students who are working on important questions — about justice, liberation, power, hope and meaningfulness — in the perspective of faith. I supervise our Campus Ministry staff who work in the residence halls and our graduate interns; liaise with SLU’s Muslim Student Association; coordinate our LGBTQ+ retreat; assist with the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice; and facilitate our immersion experience in the Navajo Nation, where I lived for several years early in my career. Outside of my work in Campus Ministry, I teach in the Theological Studies Department and do some teaching at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. I live in the Benton Park neighborhood with my wife Cristina and our 6-year-old, Colin. When I am not doing work things, Colin and I are usually looking for adventures around the city, trying out a new recipe, or building something in my wood shop.
Undergraduate Intern Coordinator and Retreat Program Coordinator
Marguerite Hall 103
B.A., English Literature, Law and Social Thought, University of Toledo
M.A., Pastoral Ministry (Spirituality & Justice concentration) Boston College
I am excited to begin my seventh year in campus ministry at SLU! Currently, I am the campus minister for Marguerite Hall, the coordinator for our undergraduate intern program and the coordinator for our department retreat program. I look forward to connecting with SLU students as they cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and grow in their compassion and empathy for others. In addition to working in campus ministry, I enjoy gardening, a strong cup of coffee with a good book, and spending time with my family.
B.A., English (Computer Science and Scientific Ethics minors), University of Notre Dame
M.Div. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
I’m delighted to be joining the Campus Ministry team at SLU this year! I serve as our liturgy coordinator, so you’ll find me at College Church on Sunday nights. I’m originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia but spent a year in the Midwest already as a Jesuit Volunteer serving at the University of Detroit Mercy. Some of my past ministry adventures included spending a summer working at a maternity shelter and another summer as a hospital chaplain, teaching Sunday School to third graders and running a Catholic Social Teaching Book Club for middle schoolers at my parish, and working with low-income students, students experiencing food insecurity, and an LGBTQ+ undergraduate discussion group. I’m excited to see what new adventures SLU and St Louis hold for me this year!
South Campus Minister
B.A., Theology, Marquette University
M.T.S., Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
I'm overjoyed to be the South Campus Minister at SLU! My office is at the School of Medicine (Caroline 207), but I also support students at the School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences and College for Public Health and Social Justice. I previously served as the liturgy coordinator for SLU Campus Ministry from August 2013-Dec. 2021. My areas of interest include liturgy and ecclesiology, peace, justice, reconciliation, and the overall wellness of students at SLU. I am originally from North County St. Louis, so I am happy to be living in the area close to family. I have three adorable and energetic children - Benjamin, Jason, and Isabella - who keep me on my toes. I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and cooking/baking. I am excited to work and reflect with all people at Saint Louis University.
Christy M. Hicks Aydt
Grand Hall Campus Minister
B.S., French Education (English minor), University of Missouri
M.A., Pastoral Ministry, University of Dayton
Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Aquinas Institute of Theology
Namaste Billikens! I am the campus minister for Grand Hall, and this is my ninth academic year at SLU. Born and raised in Missouri, my hometown is Jefferson City, but I have lived in St. Louis since 2011. I am married to my beloved husband Bob and am the stepmom of three amazing kids. 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. Through my years at SLU, I have enjoyed baking cookies in Grand or Gries, accompanying students on spring immersion trips, leading the Ignatian Family Teach-In, mentoring interns and meeting one on one with students for coffee dates or for spiritual direction. My leisure activities include reading, writing, drinking coffee, gardening, running, biking, listening to music, traveling, knitting, playing with my dog Jazzy and general adventuring or being in nature. I also love spending time with people, especially my family and friends.
B.A., Music (Vocal Performance) and Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2015
I'm happy to be back at SLU as the choir director for SLU's student Mass Choir. You'll most often find me in College Church, conducting in the choir area (or these days at my computer, mixing recordings). I work with a team of incredible people from Campus Ministry and beyond to help students, alumni, and the whole SLU community to minister to each other through music and find spiritual meaning in song. I live with my husband and our two cats, and when I am not doing music things, I enjoy gardening, knitting, hiking and reading.
Reinert Hall Campus Minister
Journey Spiritual Life Communities Coordinator
Reinert Hall, Room 100
B.A., English and Sociology, Emporia State University
M.T.S., University of Dayton
As I begin my third year as a campus minister, I am looking forward to walking with students as they learn and grow throughout their college experience! Prior to arriving at SLU, I served with Maryknoll Lay Missioners in El Salvador and Brazil and worked at Amate House in Chicago and at the University of Dayton. A native Kansan, I get excited about new library books, live music, and yoga. I am a candidate in the M.S.W. program at SLU, and the lights of my life are my three nephews and young cat, Noodle. I look forward to connecting with you!
I completed my undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia and my graduate degree at SLU. My career in nursing has included working as a staff nurse, manager, home care nurse, hospice case manager, oncology coordinator, research nurse, palliative care specialist and triage nurse. I am an adjunct instructor at the school of nursing and have worked with undergraduate as well as accelerated nursing students in various undergraduate courses as well as working in the simulation lab and teaching the end-of-life elective. I am looking forward to working with students in my new role as the campus ministry coordinator. My husband and I have four children and we love to travel all around the country when we can. Our oldest daughters graduated from the nursing program in 2016, our son works in cybersecurity and our youngest daughter is a junior in high school. I love being outside and working in the yard as well as doing stitchery projects and spending time with family and friends.
Griesedieck Hall Campus Minister
Bereavement Ministry Coordinator
B.A., Communication (Journalism), Truman State University
M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
I'm overjoyed that this is my eighth year as a SLU campus minister. I'm a native of St. Louis. My responsibilities as campus minister include overseeing ministry to SLU's bereaved students; serving as the residence hall campus minister for Griesedieck Complex (the largest first-year residence hall at SLU); directing retreats; mentoring students; helping with our Journey community group program; ministering to the SLU medical school community; overseeing our student delegation to attend the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington DC; leading/accompanying a group of students every spring to visit the L'Arche community in Mobile, AL. I also serve as an advisor to SLU's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, an international co-ed collegiate service organization committed to helping students develop into servant-minded leaders in their communities.
Prior to SLU, I worked as a hospital chaplain and as a newspaper journalist. I enjoy mentoring and accompanying college students through life, faith and solidarity. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, hiking, spending time with dear friends, exercising, taking in concerts, road trips, volunteering, and most importantly, quality time with my beloved family.
B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Florida
Master of Divinity, Weston Jesuit School of Theology
Hi! I'm excited to be joining campus ministry again! I'm returning to SLU after an 18-year hiatus. I'll be the campus minister for Spring Hall. I also will be facilitating our immersion trips, helping out with the Ignatian Family Teach-In, and other odds and ends. Mostly, I want to connect with you! I drink way too much coffee and am always game for good food. I love the city and would be happy to tell you about it. I have been married to my wife Amy for 13 years. We have three kiddos: Henry, 11; Sam, 9; and Lily, 6. You want to see a picture? As a family, we enjoy hiking, camping, going to all the great city parks, and biking. I like cooking, role-playing games, and watching college football.
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.
Our student interns are:
Howdy, Billikens! Hailing from the 314, I am a senior at SLU studying philosophy and Catholic studies with a minor in political science. I love all things cura personalis and consider my Jesuit education one of the greatest gifts God has given me. It is my hope that each member of the Saint Louis University community is seen, known, and deeply loved. To unwind, I take great joy in playing team sports with my friends, arts and crafts, spin class, flying kites, and reading academic texts. I am thrilled to be a “Mintern” this year and praying for all of you!
Hey, Billikens! I am so ecstatic to be one of your campus ministry interns. A little bit about me is I'm from Naperville, Illinois. I have two siblings and I am the youngest. I'm currently a senior studying public health with a minor in women and gender studies. In my free time you can find me hanging with friends, watching movies (especially Disney ones), reading, and/or painting. Part of my role this year will be to assist programs and retreats planned throughout the year. Specifically, I'll be assisting Becca Muder (Reinert Hall Campus Minister), with facilitation of the Journey Program. Last year, I was able to co-lead the LGBTQ+ Group within the Journey Program and I look forward to leading it again this year. The Journey Program is a series of groups that meet once a week for six weeks. The goal is to build community and have a place to explore Ignatian spirituality. I will also be working on planning retreats such as Connections and the LGBTQ+ retreat. My hope is to make the space for all students to feel heard. Feel free to shoot me an email if you'd ever like to grab coffee or stop by our Campus Ministry Intern Office in Wuller Hall.
Griesedieck Hall Graduate Intern
Hi my name is Ashley and I'm from Boston, MA. I'm a first-year student pursuing my Master of Public Health and joining SLU Campus Ministry for the first time! I'm excited to accompany each of you this year creating relationships, fellowship and intentional community. I live in Walsh Hall, and I look forward to Residence Hall Ministry in Gries, getting to know each of you, and being involved in Campus Ministry. I'm praying for you as you begin the new year!