Meet the new Loras employee
Specialty: Chaplain for both Loras College and Clarke University
Education: B.A. in philosophy from Loras College and Master’s of Divinity from St. Paul’s Seminary
Background: Grew up in Marshalltown, IA
What do you hope to bring to the campus as chaplain?
My job is spiritual in nature. I would like to meet more people, whether at Mass or other ways religiously if students are of a different faith. I am also responsible for the FOCUS missionaries.
What experiences do you hope to gain as chaplain?
I would love to serve my alma mater, of course, and help students grow in their faith journey. I would also like to learn Spanish.
How did you become chaplain here at Loras?
Prior to coming here, I was pastor of six parishes up by Clear Lake, Iowa. I asked for a change in assignment in the spring of last year. I actually had to sit down when I found out I was coming here. I always thought you had to be studying something to become chaplain at Loras.
How do you prepare for Mass at two different institutions?
On one hand, Mass is Mass. Fortunately, both institutions use the same music books and readings. The challenge is acknowledging that the two have different traditions and a different way that they do things. Every Monday, I have two Loras students and two Clarke students sit with me and go over the readings and help me prepare a homily.