I grew up in Massachusetts, am the son of a nurse and public middle school teacher, and am the youngest of four children with three older sisters. I attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate where I first became immersed in experiences of service, faith and justice. After college I volunteered for a year with the Dominican Volunteers. I lived with Dominican priests while teaching at Hales Franciscan, an African American male high school on the South Side of Chicago. After three years at Hales, I joined campus ministry at Loyola University Chicago where I worked for seven years–mainly in service, faith, peace and justice work–while earning my Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Studies. I arrived at the SCSJ in August of 1999. I earned my Master of Business Administration while working at Creighton. My wife, Jennifer, is a Professor of Theology at College of St. Mary here in Omaha. We have two daughters: Maya was born in March of 1998, and Rosa was born in December of 1999. They are the joy of our lives. I consider my ministry of service, faith, justice, community, simplicity, sustainability, solidarity, reflection and Ignatian advocacy, in collaboration with our talented and committed SCSJ team, to be a gift and grace. Striving to live out a “faith that does justice” with students, community partners, staff, faculty, and alumni/ae fills my life with meaning.
I grew up in Papillion, NE. While I haven’t moved far from home, I have had many opportunities to live with and learn from various communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and on 6 domestic service trips. These experiences have been incredibly educational, inspirational and life changing- it is truly amazing how connected we are as a human family, how much we depend on and impact each other. After college I lived in an intentional community called the Namaste Community. My B.A. is in Justice Society and Spanish (Creighton ’06). My Masters is in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution with an international concentration through Creighton’s Werner Institute. I see my role and that of our office as bridge building. Away from the SCSJ I am an affiliate mediator with the Concord Center, visit immigrant detainees in Douglas County Corrections, help with Adult Education classes through Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, and serve on the leadership board for Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity, a twinning relationship between Omaha and Huehuetengango, Guatemala. I am also an active member on Omaha Together One Community’s Just Immigration Action Team. I love connecting our students with these and many other great community partners.
I was born and raised in Northern Los Angeles but somehow made my way to Nebraska to attend school at Creighton. I graduated with a BA in Journalism and an MA in Ministry. Along the way I have volunteered with Amate House in Chicago – running an after-school program for at risk youth in McKinley Park – and worked in Campus Ministry at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City. I have a keen appreciation for pancakes and smoothies, a passion for San Francisco sports, and a love of accompanying students as they live out the service of their faith in the quest for a more just world.
Administrative Assistant – Retired May 2017
Wife, mother, fiber artist are three words I would use to describe who I am. Omaha has been my home since 1969. I am a Central High School alumnus and attended the University of Nebraska graduating with a degree in Textiles, Clothing and Design. I have been married to my wonderful husband Joe, since 1976. We have two amazing daughters. Our oldest, Kelly, lives in Omaha. She is a Dental Hygienist and also works at a Med Spa as an Esthetician. Brianna also lives in Omaha and is a graduate of the Creighton Accelerated Nursing program, working with the tiniest of patients as a NICU nurse. I have worked in the SCSJ for almost 21 years. Through it, I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people from all over the world. Our students continually amaze me with their knowledge on the issues, their uncanny ability to make me laugh and their unfailing commitment to justice.
Wendy retired in May 2017 to spend more time traveling and with her art. We’ll miss her dearly.
I am originally from Chicago, the oldest of six girls and a loyal Cubs fan (it finally paid off!). I graduated from Creighton University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Theology, and spent my time as an undergrad falling in love with social justice work (to borrow from Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.). I first became involved with the SCSJ as a freshman attending the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, where my love of serving others met social justice. I was hooked. From the time I got back from that first Teach-In until I graduated three years later, I filled my semesters with Service & Justice Trips, more Teach-Ins, weekly service sites, advocacy visits and working as a Student Coordinator in the office. I graduated knowing that I wanted to spend my life doing this same kind of work. I went on to work as a Missionary at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, TX for two years following graduation, where I lead retreats and encouraged teens and young adults in their faith journeys. I loved pushing the retreatants to think about how they could live out their faith in the world, and use it to ask big questions about issues in society, and I’m excited to keep asking those questions myself as a Graduate Assistant in the SCSJ. I am overjoyed to be back at Creighton, to be a part of the Masters in Ministry program, and to continue this faith and justice work that I am so passionate about.
Hello friends! My name is Victoria and I am an SCSJ graduate assistant. I am a native of San Diego, California but consider Omaha, Nebraska my home. I graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s in Sociology in 2015 and was involved with the SCSJ every year. I have a passion for asset based community development and working to provide programs and services that would challenge and support a diverse community. I am fascinated by all social justice issues: who they affect, how they came about, and ways in which the issue could be addressed. Issues I feel strongest about include: juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, criminal justice reform, and comprehensive immigration reform. All that I have done for and with the SCSJ office has been a humbling experience, it shaped who I am today, and I am excited to be a part of the office that shapes the next generation of advocates. I will begin a Masters with the Werner Institute studying Negotiation and Conflict Resolution starting this August.