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Spiritual & Pastoral Care

University Ministry’s professional staff is made up of trained and experienced men and women, ordained and lay ministers rooted in multiple faith traditions charged to attend to the spiritual needs of students, faculty, and staff at DePaul. Pastoral care can be understood as care for the whole person, including the spiritual or religious life of an individual, attending to the big questions at the crossroads of their faith and their day to day life – for example, questions about meaning and purpose, moral and ethical challenges, relationships, grief, one’s sense of self, and/or one’s understanding of God. Currently, our Pastoral Care Program includes the following:

Individual Conversations 

Sometimes we all need a listening ear, someone with whom to process the questions we face. Wrestling with spiritual questions? Grieving the loss of a loved one or a relationship? Going through a significant life transition? Seeking and/or exploring religious traditions other than your own? Questioning your identity? Please contact any University Ministry staff person from the Office of Religious Diversity, Catholic Campus Ministry, or the Vincentian Community Service Office​.

Spiritual Direction

Looking for a spiritual mentor to connect with on a regular basis? Searching for a deeper connection to your faith? Want to talk with a trained minister, lay or ordained? Use the Spiritual Direction Request Form​ to have University Ministry can connect you with someone to discuss your faith and walk with you on your spiritual journey in a comfortable and inviting setting.

Prayer Requests 

Specific prayer requests may be submitted to University Ministry by any member of our DePaul Community. During your time here at DePaul if you have any special needs or intentions, please use the Prayer Request Form​​.  In addition, University Ministry Staff remembers all intentions of the DePaul community at its regularly-scheduled monthly Staff prayer.

Pastoral Care at the Loop Campus / Other Campuses 

University Ministry provides Pastoral Care at the Loop Campus. Abdul-Malik Ryan  serves students from SNL and is Chaplain for Muslim Life. Tom Judge serves the Law School and CDM. Please contact them directly with any questions or to arrange an appointment. In addition, while UMIN staff members are not stationed at other DePaul campuses, we are available to all DePaul faculty, staff and students for consultation upon request.

Prayer Service/Memorials 

University Ministry Staff members routinely lead prayer services and memorial services for members of the DePaul community who face situations of crisis or loss/bereavement, including for particular units of the university. We encourage DePaul community members to contact us if we may help in the planning or coordination of such services that may provide the opportunity to gather as a community, large, or small, in response to a specific loss or issue. Please contact: Katie Brick, Director of the Office of Religious Diversity and Coordinator of University Ministry’s Public Prayer and Ritual team.

Death and Bereavement

When a death occurs, University Ministry staff is available to assist with providing pastoral support or assisting with the funeral or bereavement needs of DePaul families and DePaul departments or groups. Please contact: Mark Laboe, Associate Vice President for University Ministry.

Hospital Visits 

Chaplains are happy to provide pastoral care services during times of hospitalization of a student, staff person or faculty member. When appropriate, a Chaplain will visit in the hospital, provide prayers and/or send a card to the affected parties. Please contact any University Ministry staff person.