Female director of Campus Ministry appointed
For the first time in almost 20 years, a woman has been hired as the head of Campus Ministry .
Lulu Santana will be taking the place of Jack Treacy, S.J., as the director of Campus Ministry. Treacy, who has held the position for eight years, chose to step down from the position at the end of June and will begin work for Alumni Relations starting in January.
Santana has been the associate director of Campus Ministry for the past two years. She began her career with Campus Ministry in 1997 as a general campus minister with a focus on faith and Sacramental Formation. Over the years, Santana has helped with liturgy, retreats and spiritual direction.
As the future director of Campus Ministry, Santana hopes to emphasize student outreach, such as providing more opportunities to include graduate students in Campus Ministry.
She also hopes to engage the male audience more in Campus Ministry and in events such as retreats.
“There always needs to be the question of are there students that we are not reaching that need to be reached, or if there are students that we can invite to engage about questions of faith and spirituality,” Santana said. “There is always more work to be done on being able to get the word out that Campus Ministry is not just for Catholic students.”
Santana also works with the Institute of Lay Ministry and is a volunteer at a local jail, where she does Sacramental Formation and bible study.
The position of director of Campus Ministry is a two-year appointment that can be renewed.
Since the Catholic Church does not allow females to be ordained, Santana is a lay minister, which means that she is non-ordained.
“I think that it is great that we have a lay Director of Campus Ministry,” said Matt Smith, Director of Outreach and Engagement in Campus Ministry. “The Jesuits have been emphasizing the need for lay partnership and I think that this is a great way to show that is a real commitment on their part by hiring someone who is a lay leader in the church.”
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