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
Christine Nangle Koehl, Associate Director of Campus Ministry

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
Jacob Blicharz, Campus Minister for Student Leadership Formation

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.

 

Jonas Bognar, Associate Director of Liturgy

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., Campus Minister for 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
Chris de Silva, Associate Director of Music Ministry

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 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

Sr. Maria Lai, C.S.J., Campus Minister for Graduate Student Ministry

maria.lai@lmu.edu, 310.338.6475

Sister Maria is called to journey with our graduate students at LMU. She is also a Spiritual Director, a Resident Minister, 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 originally from Hong Kong. She earned 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.

Campus Minister for Graduate Ministry 
Joshua Mayfield, Campus Minister for Faith and Justice

 

Josh currently oversees our Ignacio Companions (IC) program and Protestant and Multifaith Outreach. Originally from Southern California, Josh earned his B.B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from LMU in 2016. During his time as a student, he was involved in many of Campus Ministry’s programs. Upon graduation, Josh served as a post-grad volunteer in Juneau, Alaska with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest (JVC NW). During that year, he served as a mentor providing ongoing support and outreach service for high school aged youth. He also served as a teacher for the Reconnecting Youth (RY) program at Juneau Douglass High School. After his year of service, Josh went on to earn his MA in Theology and Ministry from Boston College while also serving as an Admissions Graduate Assistant. Josh is excited to be back on campus!

Faith and Justice 
Fr. Lan Ngo, S.J. 

Lan.Ngo@lmu.edu

 

John Paul Ramírez, Campus Minister for Regional Service

JohnPaul.Ramirez@lmu.edu, 310.338.8262

John Paul (J.P.) Ramírez is a native Angelino and proud son of two immigrant parents. He oversees the monthly De Colores trips to Tijuana and the weekly Feed the Hungry program. He also helps coordinate the annual Latino/a Spiritual Retreat & Fall Service Retreat to Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. Prior to LMU, he served as Christian Service Coordinator & theology teacher at St. Francis High School.  Prior to serving at the high school, he was a parish Confirmation & Youth Ministry Coordinator from 2008-2013 in Hollywood. He earned his BA in Urban Studies & Planning from CSUN. After he graduated, he was an intern for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the U.S. Catholic Bishops at the Office of Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He earned his MA in Pastoral Theology from LMU. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, traveling, and basketball.

 
Sylvia Rincon, Office and Accounts Manager

srincon@lmu.edu, 310.338.2870

Sylvia Rincon, Office and Accounts Manager
Fr. Eddie Siebert, S.J.,

esiebert@lmu.edu, 310-338-7884

Fr. Edward (Eddie) Siebert, S.J. has several roles at LMU.  He is on the part-time faculty of the School of Film and Television, works part-time with Campus Ministry and lives as a Resident Minister in Leavey 5 Residence Hall.  He is the Chaplain for the Student Worker Program and primary caretaker for “Buster,” the LMU therapy dog (@busterlmu). Additionally, Siebert is the founder and president of Loyola Productions, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA (www.loyolaproductions.com) which has built a reputation over 18 years for telling stories around the globe that inform, inspire, and entertain. 

Siebert received an MFA in film production from Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television. He also holds master’s degrees from the University of San Francisco and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He is a member of the International Association of Documentary Filmmakers, and the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

 

 
Victoria Zobrist, Campus Minister for 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 Resident 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