Meet the 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.

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

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

Marc Reeves
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.

Jacob Blicharz, Liturgy & Worship
Jonas Bognar

jonas.bognar@lmu.edu, 310-338-7534

Jonas hails from Orange County, California, and has been involved in liturgy, music, mentoring students, and parish life for more than two decades in both the Diocese of Orange and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. An LMU graduate in Theological Studies and History (Class of 2000), Jonas worked in LMU Campus Ministry as the Head Sacristan and a Resident Chaplain in McKay Hall until moving to Belgium for his graduate and doctoral studies in Theology and Church History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. After 12 years abroad, he has rejoined the Campus Ministry Team and now oversees the weddings and baptisms at LMU.

Jonas Bognar
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!

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

Chris de Silva, Music Minister
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!

Samii Hartman, International Service
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.

Christine Nangle Koehl, Retreats and Publications
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.

Sr. Maria Lai, C.S.J., Graduate Student Ministry
Kelly Nelson, Faith Formation

kelly.nelson@lmu.edu, 310.338.7597

Kelly has been a staff member in the LMU community since 2007, and with Campus Ministry since the fall of 2012 after she received her Master’s degree in Theology from LMU; she received her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.  She manages the department’s Work Study students, and their hiring and training process.  Kelly also manages the recruitment for and planning of the Ignatian Pilgrimages to both Spain and Rome, as well as other international pilgrimage opportunities. She also works with the Non-Denominational community on weekly programs, including men’s and women’s bible studies and the Well. Kelly has a deep passion for each student’s vocational discernment process, and coordinates the Silent Retreat for seniors at the end of their fall semester to further assist in their “Life after LMU,” understanding. She has taught the Theology of Ignatian Leadership course to RA’s where she further assisted the advisors to understand the Mission of the University within the context of their own work with residents. In her free time, Kelly enjoys entertaining, and spending time with her friends and large family.

Kelly Nelson, Faith Formation
Rev. Bryan Pham, S.J., Chaplain to Loyola Law School

bpham5@lls.edu, Fritz B. Burns Academic Center B230, 213.736.8193

Fr. Bryan Pham arrived at LMU in 2016. Currently, he serves as a professor in the Department of Theological Studies at LMU, practices immigration law at Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, and is the chaplain to Loyola Law School. Additionally, Bryan serves as Judge and Defender of the Bond in the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Prior to coming to LMU, Bryan received his S.T.B/M.Div. from Regis College and the University of Toronto, a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, a J.C.L. from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), a J.C.D. from Saint Paul University (Canada), and a Ph.D from the University of Ottawa (Canada). An active member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Canadian Canon Law Society, Bryan was ordained to the priesthood in 2004, has worked with Jesuit Relief Service (JRS) in Rome and Thailand, served as chaplain for the Gonzaga-in-Florence Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy, and has taught courses in canon law at the Jesuit Scholasticate in Viet Nam.

Rev. Bryan Pham, S.J., Chaplain to Loyola Law School
Sylvia Rincon, Office and Accounts Manager

srincon@lmu.edu, 310.338.2870

Sylvia Rincon, Office and Accounts Manager
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.

Victoria Zobrist, Christian Life Communities