Meet the Campus Ministry Team
Peg Dolan, RSHM Campus Ministry Center
Malone Student Center, Suite 210   

One LMU Drive MS 8445   
Los Angeles, California 90045  
 
Hours Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Tel     310.338.2860
Fax     310.338.1845

Campus Ministry Team

Campus Ministry is a diverse group of talented men and women -- lay, clergy, and Religious -- Protestant and Roman Catholic -- dedicated to fostering the mission of Loyola Marymount University, especially the service of faith and the promotion of justice. The campus ministers support the many programs and activities that meet the spiritual needs of our students.

 

‌Rev. James Erps, S.J., Director of Campus Ministry‌

jerps@lmu.edu | 310.338.4571

Fr. Jim Erps, SJ has served as a campus minister since he was ordained a Jesuit Priest in 1980. This is his fifth “incarnation” at LMU. He came here as a freshman in 1966, as a Jesuit scholastic (seminarian) in 1971, as a young priest in 1983, as law school chaplain in 1996 and now as Director of Campus Ministry in 2009. He has also served as Director of Campus Ministry at Boston College and Newman Chaplain at Stanford University. Fr Erps has a strong interest in liturgy and helped develop the program at LMU in the 1980’s. He also brought CLC to LMU in 1991. His one claim to fame is an appearance as a priest on the TV show ER in October 2000 produced by LMU grad Jack Orman.

 

‌John K. Flaherty, Associate Director of Campus Ministry, Liturgy‌

jflaherty@lmu.edu‌ | 310.338.2720

John has been involved in music and educational ministry for over twenty years as an educator, elementary school principal, music director, liturgy director, and composer. He has taught on the elementary, secondary, and college levels and is presently on the Campus Ministry Team at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he serves as the Director of Liturgy and Music and teaches in the Graduate School of Continuing Education. John has served as the Chairperson of the Liturgy Committee and Music Director for the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress since 1991. He is also a contributing writer for Modern Liturgy, Pastoral Music, Our Family, and Hosanna magazines. He sits on the Editorial Board of Table. His compositions and recordings are published by World Library Publications and GIA Publications. His credits include scoring soundtracks for Lorimar and ABC. He has worked extensively with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. John has been married to his wife, Kathleen, for 25 years and they have five children.

 

 

‌‌Rev. Marc Reeves, S.J., Associate Director of Campus Ministry, Liturgy & RCIA

mreeves@lmu.edu | 310.338.5708

‌Fr. Marc is a native of Los Angeles and a proud alumnus of LMU.  He serves as a member of Campus Ministry's liturgy team and coordinates the student liturgical ministries of lector, Eucharistic minister, sacristan and acolyte.  In addition, he directs the R.C.I.A. program and teaches for the Department of Theological Studies as a lecturer in liturgical theology.

 

 

 

 

 

  

Jacob Blicharz, Liturgy & Worship

‌jacob.blicharz@lmu.edu | 310.338.5390

A proud New Jersey native, Jake attended Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD for his undergraduate studies where he earned a B.B.A in Finance, with a minor in Information Systems. During his time at Loyola, he was heavily involved in Campus Ministry, working as a sacristan for campus held masses and coordinating a number of retreats. It was at Loyola where he developed a true passion for ministry and Ignatian Spirituality. After working at Bank of New York Mellon for three years, Jake decided it was time to pursue his passion and begin a career in ministry, working in higher education.

 
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Sr. Joanna Carroll, C.S.J., Spiritual Direction

‌jcarroll@lmu.edu | 310.338.5206

Sr. Joanna grew up in Compton, California, one of six children. After graduating from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles with her BA in Child Development/Psychology, she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. She served in Catholic elementary schools in both southern and northern California for 20 years as teacher, vice-principal, religion coordinator, liturgy and sacramental program director, and music minister. She then went back to school and earned a certification from the Institute of Religious Formation at St. Louis University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Next she served as Vocation Director for her congregation and then moved into the Spiritual Direction ministry. She has been a Campus Minister/Spiritual Director at LMU for ten years. She has a deep passion for relationship, discernment, reconciliation, and liturgy. She enjoys music, singing, dancing, gardening, nature and animals. She especially loves to hang out with students and throw a party!

 

 

Chris de Silva, Music Minister

‌christopher.desilva@lmu.edu | 310.338.2976

Chris shares his gift of music ministry at national conferences, diocesan and parish retreats around the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Chris has served at several faith communities in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Los Nietos) and St. Brendan Church (Los Angeles). Chris is a composer, arranger and recording artist at GIA Publications, Inc. He has joined the campus ministry team at Loyola Marymount University as Associate Director of Music and Liturgy, and is excited to journey with the students. Chris is a graduate of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he studied Music Composition and Film Scoring.

 

 

Rev. John Galvan, S.J., Infant Baptism, Marriage, and Confirmation

‌jgalvan6@lmu.edu | 310.338.7534

Rev. John Galvan, SJ has worked in Campus Ministry at LMU since August 2009.  His duties involve outreach to the Latino/Latina students, the Confirmation program, LMU wedding ministry; plus chaplain to the Athletic Department. Prior to coming to LMU, he most recently served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in San Diego, and before that he was engaged in spirituality studies at the Jesuit Tertian Studies Program in Salamanca, Spain. In 1989 Fr. Galvan joined the Society of Jesus novitiate in San Juan Puerto Rico. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Water Science and Engineering at the University of California, Davis in 1983. Fr. Galvan enjoys basketball (Arizona Suns); soccer (both Real Madrid and Barcelona); baseball, (to the consternation of many, an avid Yankees fan).

 

 

Samii Hartman, International Service

samantha.hartman@lmu.edu‌ | 310.338.3005


‌Samii is a proud Southern Californian and graduate of LMU. As a student in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, she was highly involved with service and social justice on and off campus. Upon graduating, she was “ruined for life” and joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In her year of service, Samii was a Case Manager at a women’s homeless shelter in Raleigh, NC. Afterwards, she became a Resident Minister at the University of San Francisco while also earning her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from USF’s School of Management. Samii has a love for Jesuit teachings and Ignatian Spirituality and is thrilled to be back working in Campus Ministry. She enjoys spending her free time reading, running, or at the beach, often all three in one day!

 

 

  

Myles Kelley, Outreach

myles.kelley@lmu.edu | 310.258.5486

Myles oversees the Feed the Hungry program and coordinates Campus Ministry's Outreach efforts in the LMU community. Originally from Texas, Myles came to LMU to complete his Masters in Counseling. Jesuit Education has been instrumental in his own life, having graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas and Boston College. Having a strong connection with Ignatian Spirituality, Myles is thrilled to connect students with the many great programs and opportunities that are available to them throughout their journey here at Loyola Marymount.

 

  

Christine Nangle Koehl, Retreats and Publications

‌cnangle@lmu.edu | 310.338.2993

Christine oversees communications and publications for Campus Ministry. She works with students to deepen their faith through the retreats such as First Year Retreat and Kairos. Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communications Studies and a minor in Business Administration from LMU in 2001, and a Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Journalism, in 2003. Her graduate thesis was on Father Greg Boyle and the Homeboys. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Maria Lai, C.S.J., Graduate Student Ministry‌

maria.lai@lmu.edu | 310.338.6475

Sister Maria is called to journey with our Graduate Students at LMU.  She is currently a Resident Minister.  Sister is a Spiritual Director, an adjunct instructor for the Theology of Ignatian Leadership course at LMU, as well as for the Catechist Certification Course for the Diocese of Orange.  Sister Maria is from Hong Kong.  She received an MA in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University, an MA in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University, and an MS in Family Consumer Sciences from California State University, Northridge.  Most of all, Sister Maria enjoys being a mentor for and learning from the survivors of human trafficking.  She loves people and organizes pilgrimages.

 

 

 

 

Kelly Nelson, Faith Formation

‌kelly.nelson@lmu.edu | 310.338.7597

Kelly grew up and continues to live in Southern California. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego, and she earned her Masters degree in Theology from Loyola Marymount University. Kelly has worked at LMU since 2007, and worked in the Division of Student Affairs before joining Campus Ministry. In addition to being a Campus Minister, Kelly is currently a Resident Minister, and highly values the process of discernment and contemplation applied to both her personal life and in her work with students. She is an instructor for the Theology of Ignatian Leadership course, and her other interests include traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

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Sylvia Rincon, Office and Accounts Manager

srincon@lmu.edu | 310.338.2870

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Visconti, Regional Service‌

patrick.visconti@lmu.edu | 310.338.2862

Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of San Francisco in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University in 2016. Prior to joining the Campus Ministry team at LMU Patrick spent six years teaching theology at Servite High School in Anaheim, CA. Overseeing the De Colores program, he strives to encourage students to continue building a culture of service at LMU. Patrick also helps instruct the Theology of Ignatian Leadership course at LMU. He resides in Long Beach, CA with his wife and is an avid Cleveland sports fan [Indians, Cavaliers, Browns]. Other hobbies include: reading, writing, running, lifting weights, and watching Netflix. 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Zobrist, Christian Life Communities

v‌ictoria.zobrist@lmu.edu | 310.338.5225

Victoria oversees the Christian Life Communities and advises Campus Ministry's Pro-Life Programming on campus. You can also find her in the McKay residence hall in the evenings, where she serves as a Residential Minister. Victoria grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended the University of San Diego for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a BA in Theology and Religious Studies, with minors in Catholic Studies and Philosophy. Victoria also attended Boston College, where she received her MA in Theological Studies, with an emphasis in Historical-Systematic theology. She cites Boston College as the place where she developed her love of Ignatian Spirituality and her desire to minister to students in higher education. Victoria most recently joins us from Omaha, Nebraska, where she served as the Director of Campus Ministry and an adjunct theology professor. She is excited to return to California and once again be at home on a Jesuit campus.