Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to tell you that Chris Murphy, M.Div, ACSW, has joined our work in Mission and Identity. Chris’s portfolio is twofold in its attention.  He will serve as Director of Staff Mission Formation, a role in which he creates and coordinates staff mission programming including staff orientations, retreats, and the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life program in addition to a variety of other initiatives.

Chris will also serve as the Faculty and Staff Chaplain. In this capacity, he serves as a resource to department chairs, department directors, deans, vice presidents, and faculty and staff more broadly. In short, Chris can be a resource to the University community in times of crisis. He comes with training and experience in assisting those of us facing life’s contingencies, including the feelings of loss and grief and the experience of illness and death. Chris has substantive training and experience in pastoral counseling. He has worked as an oncology chaplain in the clinical setting and comes to this role with a Masters of Divinity degree and as a trained social worker as well.

Chris’s office is located in the Granada Center, 335B, on the Lake Shore Campus. He can be reached by phone at 773.508.7431 and by e-mail at

It is my sincere hope that Chris can serve as a resource to you as we all share in the work of fostering a culture in which the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis can continue to take root in our University community. Please let us know how we might be of service to you.

Gratefully yours,

John Hardt, PhD
Assistant to the President, Mission and Identity