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John DeCostanza, Director, University Ministry
 jdecostanza@dom.edu | (708) 524-6685

John is an ecumenical D.Min. candidate and Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union where his study concentration is Hispanic Theology and Ministry.  John’s research interests include US Latin@ theology, critical pedagogy, Catholic higher education and intercultural theology.  Though John had grown up in a culturally Roman Catholic community in Wilmington, DE, John found his faith in college at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA where he received a BA in English.  John has been blessed to walk with the Latinx communities since he landed in the Upper Midwest. John counts his experiences in faith and accompaniment at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and working on the westside of Chicago as a social worker as some of his deepest learning experiences.  He received his Master’s degree in Social Work and Master’s in Divinity from Loyola University Chicago.  Long ago, he was as a Jesuit Volunteer and community organizer with the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in San Diego, CA.  John also worked in prison ministry and literacy programs in Chimbote, Peru as an International Lay Volunteer with the Congregation of Christian Brothers.  He has been a social worker, educator, and theologian for the last 13 years. He writes for Daily Theology, an online blog that brings the study and practice of theology into conversation with everyday life in the U.S.  John lives in Chicago with his partner in life and faith, Susan, and their three children.  
 
 
 

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Amy Omi, University Minister for Liturgy and the Arts
aomi@dom.edu | (708) 524-6683

Amy is no stranger to the Dominican Family. She has contributed her musical gifts to many of Dominican’s liturgical services since her time here as an undergrad. She graduated in 2003 with a BA in Theatre Arts. Her passion for making music that is prayer-centered has brought her home to Dominican time and again. After receiving her Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in 2008, Amy began working as Music Director for River Forest United Methodist Church. There, she utilized her skills as a choral conductor for their Sunday morning services. She also continues to train young singers and pianists at the Language and Music School in Oak Park.  At home in Lyons, Amy finds tremendous joy raising her two beautiful children, Evan and Eve. She and her husband are committed to balancing home-life and work-life with great care. Amy finds peace in knowing that her work in music ministry will one day inspire her children to dedicate their gifts in service to others.Theatre Arts. Her passion for making music that is prayer-centered has brought her home to Dominican time and again. After receiving her Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in 2008, Amy began working as Music Director for River Forest United Methodist Church. There, she utilized her skills as a choral conductor for their Sunday morning services. She also continues to train young singers and pianists at the Language and Music School in Oak Park.  At home in Lyons, Amy finds tremendous joy raising her two beautiful children, Evan and Eve. She and her husband are committed to balancing home-life and work-life with great care. Amy finds peace in knowing that her work in music ministry will one day inspire her children to dedicate their gifts in service to others.

 

claudia_cropped.jpgClaudia Guzman, University Minister for Catholic Formation and Community Outreach, Program Coordinator of Ministry en lo Cotidiano
cguzman@dom.edu | (708) 524-6686