I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Reiter as the new Director of Campus Ministry, effective Monday, March 19, 2012.
Lisa Reiter began her professional ministry as a Youth Minister at St. Pius X Parish in Cedar Rapids, IA, before moving to the Marianist Retreat Center in Eureka, MO, where she served as Retreat Director. She started at Saint Louis University as a Campus Minister, later being named Associate Director of Campus Ministry and finally serving as Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Louis University since 2005.
Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Loras College, Dubuque, IA, her Masters Degree in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University, Denver, CO, and will be defending her doctoral dissertation in Higher Education Leadership and Administration at Saint Louis University later this spring. Her dissertation topic is The Role of the Chief Student Affairs Officer in Promoting Jesuit Mission.
While Loyola is a Jesuit, Catholic institution, it prides itself in welcoming and serving students from a variety of faith traditions. The Department of Campus Ministry is dedicated to helping students deepen and further their relationship with God. All students are encouraged to participate in worship and prayer in their own faith traditions, and to collaborate with all students, regardless of faith tradition, in service and other activities that bring students of various faith traditions together. Lisa will have the chief responsibilities for coordinating these interfaith activities.
Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of the university, commented, “Lisa established herself as a competent and capable administrator at Saint Louis University. She appreciates the importance of a campus ministry program at a Jesuit, Catholic institution, has a deep understanding of Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit higher education, and is well positioned to grow our program here at Loyola. We are very fortunate to have her leading our Campus Ministry team.”
Matt Razek, a student member of the Director of Campus Ministry Search Committee, said, “Lisa relates well to students. She’s approachable, very likeable, and I think she will do a great job as our new Director of Campus Ministry. She values student opinion and works to include students wherever possible.” Lisa, after accepting her appointment stated, “I am thrilled to be coming to Loyola University Chicago. The Department of Campus Ministry has a strong foundation in serving the faith life of students. My hope is to build upon that foundation, and to support students in discovering the wisdom of their faith tradition and bringing that wisdom into dialogue, so that students have a spiritual and moral foundation to address the suffering of this world, and to work to create a just social order.” Lisa is dedicated to expanding faith formation programs and enhancing the ministry environment for students. She will work tirelessly to support and positively impact each student’s development, individual experience at Loyola, and success. She is committed as well to creating a vibrant and effective Catholic Ministry program.
I wish to thank the members of the Director of Campus Ministry Search Committee for their hard work and commitment and to thank all of you who participated in the selection process. I also want to thank Janet Sisler, who is serving as Interim Director of Campus Ministry until Lisa arrives. The Division of Student Development and partners will be hosting a reception to thank Janet Sisler for her contributions and welcome Lisa to the University later in March.
Please join me in welcoming Lisa to Loyola.
Robert Kelly, PhD
Vice President for Student Development