Monthly Archives: September 2016

Meet Grace Girardot

Grace Girardot is a current student in the MA in Social Justice program. When she is not busy working in Water Tower Campus Ministry as a Grad Assistant or doing her school work, you can find her doing yoga, cooking, being outside, attempting to play piano or guitar, knitting and trolling used book and record stores for hidden treasures. To learn more about Grace and her experience as a student, please continue to read below.

What is a little of your background?

I am a Chicago area native, hailing from the western suburbs. When I was 18, I was transplanted to South Bend, IN, where I attended the University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate years. Although I am a die-hard Fighting Irish fan, I got a lot more out my time in South Bend than simply the football seasons. I studied Spanish, Latino Studies and Poverty Studies. During this time I developed a deep love of Latin American Literature and music, which forced me to examine themes of marginality and otherness. Through service learning experiences abroad as well as in South Bend, I was able to deepen my interest in these topics, which has eventually led me to pursue the MA in Social Justice at IPS.

Why Loyola?

I chose to pursue the MA in Social Justice at Loyola due to the unique emphasis on faith as being the foundation upon which we understand the work of social justice. As an undergraduate leading service learning immersion seminars, I had relied on the tools and language that Catholic social teaching provided to help students (and myself) name the sensations that we were experiencing. Just as on an airplane you must secure your own oxygen mask before helping those around you, I wanted to continue to build up my own lens of CST, so that I would better be able to help others to identify their experiences through that same lens.

What have you learned by studying at IPS?

By studying at IPS, I have learned how to reimagine the world. I continue to learn about the complexity of the interconnectedness of our relationships with our environment, others, God and ourselves, and how these complexities relate to certain themes and events that we experience in the world today.

What is your favourite quote?

I am torn between two. Both are relatively short.
“Thou mayest.” –John Steinbeck, East of Eden
“The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend.” –Zen Proverb

Tell us one fun fact about you.

I know how to hula dance.

What is the best compliment that someone has given you?

I think the best compliment that someone has given me is not necessarily something they have stated verbally but through their actions. I feel most humbled and flattered when friends, students, or family members show their trust in me by asking for help, advice, or coming to me to chat about their innermost ponderings.

Meet Our New Business Manager

Staff Changes at St. Gertrude

We are sad to report that Mary Regula has left our parish. She joined the St. Gertrude staff last year, and quickly won everyone over with her hard work, keen organizational abilities, and terrific attitude.

She is moving with her family, her husband, Randy, and her sons—Andrew, a new graduate of St. Norbert College; Michael, a senior at Carthage College, and John, who just graduated from Mather High School.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mary, as she starts a new chapter of her life in Allouez, Wisconsin! She will be deeply missed by everyone at St. Gertrude!

Last week, Art Blumberg, came on board as Director of Parish Management and Facilities at St. Gertrude. This is actually his second time here. In the fall of 2013, he did his field work and internship for his Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) degree at the parish, working mostly with Fr. Dom and the Gym Mass.

For the past two years, he has served as Director of Parish Operations at St. Philip the Apostle in Northfield. Prior to that, he earned a MAPS degree at the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, where he met and took classes with Abby Mikesell. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Loyola.

His family has long-standing ties to St. Gertrude. Art’s mother-in-law, Pat O’Callaghan, was a parishioner for many years and was often a lector at St. Gertrude East, and several of his nieces and nephews were baptized here.

Art and his wife Madeline have been married for 31 years and are parishioners at St. Margaret Mary, where they are active in several ministries. They have one son, Nick, who is an Associate Producer for the program Chicago Tonight on WTTW.

We ask you extend a warm welcome to Art as he adjusts to his new position here!