John’s tenure as the Director of Campus Ministry at JCU began in August of 2003. Prior to his time here, he served as the Director of the Newman Catholic Student Center at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois, and the Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois. He received an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, with a concentration in Scripture, and has been a full-time lay minister in the Catholic Church since 1981. His background includes both large metropolitan and more intimate campus ministry institutions, as well as Catholic, state, and private settings. He’s been both a “lone ranger” in campus ministry as well as an administrator, directing a staff of eight professionals and six student interns. His opportunities in Campus Ministry have taken him from the classroom to the mountains of Haiti and the cliffs of the Appalachian Trail.
John places great value on his vocation as a lay minister, and, specifically, in his focus on ministry to and with higher education. He is a proponent of ministry to the institution — which includes students, faculty, administrators, and staff. His preferred style is one of collaboration in team ministry. He is an avid reader and strongly believes in constant and continuing education in one’s field of expertise. His specialized focus in ministry is in the areas of hospitality, pastoral ministry, education, and scripture. John is married to Christine, and together, they have three children: Erica, Matthew, and Sarah.
Sue Grazia serves as the Administrative Assistant for Campus Ministry. She is responsible for managing the office and administrative duties. She loves the interaction she has with students as well as being part of the JCU community once again. Sue has been with JCU in an administrative role since 2010, but has been a part of JCU since 1983. Sue graduated from JCU in 1987 with her B.S.B.A. in Marketing and went on to receive a Master of Education from CSU in 1992. Sue lives in Kirtland with her husband John, who is also a JCU graduate, and has four children, Emily, Hannah, Mathew, and Joey.
Julie is an alumna of John Carroll University and is grateful to return and be part of the campus ministry department. After graduating in 2009, Julie moved to Colombia, South America for three years to do human rights accompaniment work with rural communities through the Christian Peacemaker Teams. She learned a lot about nonviolent resistance movements and was constantly inspired by the way God works through the marginalized. She then went on to pursue her master’s degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where she studied with a wonderfully diverse group of students. Julie and her husband Chris have a daughter named Juniper.
Anne graduated from the University of Notre Dame with her Ph.D. in Latin American History. She completed an M.A. in Theology from Boston College with a focus on Church History and her B.A. in Theology with a focus on World Religions and Peace, Justice and Human Rights. She worked in Bolivia for a year at the rural branch of the Catholic University of Bolivia, recognized by the United Nations as one of the most successful institutions in the world for eradicating poverty. She strives to live by St. Ignatius’ assertion that our lives are not our own. Anne has been dedicated to Ignatian spirituality since her time at Boston College where the weekly prayer groups with the Jesuits instilled in her a passion to share her faith journey in community with others. She was very influenced by her campus ministry experiences at BC that included three immersion trips to El Salvador and one to the Navajo Nation. These trips inspired her to pursue graduate studies in Latin American History. She also studied the history of the Jesuits in Rome in the Jesuit Archives and the Vatican Secret Archives. Along with her studies, Anne’s interest in Eastern religions and meditation have enriched her prayer life.
Anne believes in living a balanced lifestyle, which includes laughing often, taking time to eat well, exercising, and spending time with loved ones. She enjoys going for daily walks or runs, working in her garden, cooking, and sharing adventures with her husband, Scott and their three kids.
Jurell is an alum of John Carroll University from 2010 and 2013. After graduating in 2010 Jurell moved to Detroit to work as a Jesuit Volunteer. He worked full time at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, teaching math and creative writing. He returned to John Carroll as a Resident Minister and as a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Theology. Upon graduating, he has worked as a youth minister and also as a theology teacher at St. Edward High School. Outside of work, Jurell runs a video production company and a ministry website called thelivingperson.com which challenges people to become fully alive through different community challenges.
Jurell lives in Strongsville with his wife Bridget (Class of 2010) and his son Isaiah.
Kathleen joined the Campus Ministry department in the fall of 2019. After graduating from College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Peace and Conflict, she taught for a year. After that, she returned for her Masters of Divinity from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Since graduating from Boston College, she has worked in Campus Ministry at all-girls high schools in Washington, DC and Cleveland. After formative experiences founded in Ignatian spirituality through faith sharing groups, immersions and retreats in college and graduate school, Kathleen is excited to work with liturgical and prayer experiences at John Carroll with students from all faith traditions. In her spare time, she loves to explore new places with her husband and two children, baking and going for bike rides.
Andrea is a Jesuit in Formation, i.e., a religious preparing himself for Priestly Ordination in the Society of Jesus. He is originally from Italy and came to the United States about 13 years ago to study Physics at the University of Michigan. After completing his novitiate in Saint Paul (MN) and professing First Vows, Andrea moved to New York City to study Philosophy at Fordham University. In 2017 he moved to John Carroll and taught for two years in the Physics Department. He began his appointment in Campus Ministry in August and he is excited about working closely with students and sharing with them his commitment to the Gospel. Andrea has always been moved by his interactions with the vulnerable and marginalized - he worked with migrants at Kino Border Initiative in Nogales (Mexico) and volunteered as a hospital chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center. He likewise enjoys doing spiritual direction.
Emma is an alumna of John Carroll University. At JCU, Emma studied Communication on the Integrated Marketing track with minors in Leadership Development and Italian Studies. Following graduation in May 2018, Emma participated in a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Emma was placed in Los Angeles, CA and worked at Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program in the world. Emma is excited to be back at Carroll as the Resident Minister in Sutowski Hall!
Niki has a passion for youth ministry and has either volunteered or worked professionally in a ministry setting for the past 19 years. She graduated from Coastal Carolina with a degree in Business Administration and Resort Tourism Management. After college, she worked for 3 years as the Director of Youth Ministry for a parish in North Myrtle Beach, SC, before pursuing other positions in her field of study, including moving to Hawaii for a year to work in the tourism industry. Most recently, Niki worked for St. Francis DeSales High School as their Director of Campus Ministry for three years, and this past summer Niki worked for Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, OH, which serves youth that have special needs. Niki is excited to join the John Carroll University staff as Resident Minister in Pacelli Hall, and as a Graduate Assistant for the Campus Ministry Department, where she predominantly works with the Carroll Faith Communities, while she earns her Masters in Theology and Religious Studies from JCU.
Although Greg is a new member of the John Carroll community, he is well-acquainted with the world of Jesuit education as both a graduate of Saint Ignatius High School (2013) and Saint Louis University (2017). Upon completing his undergraduate degree in Theological Studies, he spent a year living and working in a community called L’Arche where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together and support one another. Living day-in and day-out with people who were radically different from him, he grew in his understanding of what it means to develop relationships of mutuality, acceptance, trust, and forgiveness. The following year, Greg undertook training in the field of chaplaincy at a major hospital in Saint Louis, MO where he both studied pastoral ministry and spent many clinical hours caring for the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, family, and staff. Beyond his work in ministry, he loves being around big mountain ranges and occasionally climbing them! Consequently, he hopes to live in the central western region of the U.S. one day.
Maggie is an alumni of John Carroll University and is excited to return as a Resident Minister. After graduating in 2018, Maggie completed a year of service and intentional living with Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry in Richmond, VA. In Richmond, her work forced on developing community to promote health. She learned a lot about marginalization in our medical system and what it means to live compassionate. Currently she is pursing her Masters in Public Health and Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University.