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Resident Ministry

The resident ministry program is comprised of lay and religious adults, known as “resident ministers,” who live in the residence halls to help foster a supportive community in the spirit of the Jesuit ideals on which the university is founded.

Contact a Resident Minister or Jesuit in Residence any time to schedule an appointment
for spiritual conversation and/or the sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

Resident Ministers

Ken Weber picture Mr. Ken Weber
 Resident Ministry Coordinator
 Biever 346
 kweber@loyno.edu
 504-865-3167

Ken serves as the Associate Director of Ministry in the department of Student Life and Ministry.

Ken has served in ministry for over 15 years, the first three at Spring Hill College (the Jesuit university in Mobile, Alabama), and the rest at Loyola. Ken's academic training is in opera performance, having obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston College and a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory. His ministry leadership experience began by directing music for Masses in high school (Loyola High School in Los Angeles). He spent several years freelancing as a professional opera singer before continuing his ministry career at Loyola New Orleans. Ken also spent time as the coordinator of vocal studies at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and as a music teacher at Ursuline Academy. Ken enjoys helping students discover the value of Ignatian spirituality and the joy of living a values-centered life.

Meet and chat with Ken at his weekly "Sweet-n-Greet" in the Biever Hall lobby every Wednesday at 9 p.m.

 

Christine Johnson picture Ms. Christine Johnson
 Resident Minister
 Buddig 612
 cvjohnso@my.loyno.edu
 504-865-2141

 

Christine serves as a graduate assistant for retreats and CLC's in the department of Student Life and Ministry.

Christine is a New Orleans native and graduated from Loyola in 2014 with a bachelor of music therapy.  Following graduation, she worked as a board-certified music therapist in adult, inpatient mental health settings. For the past four years, she has taught high school theology at Mount Carmel Academy while pursuing her masters degrees in pastoral studies and counseling. She is excited to to bring her passion and experience in music, ministry, and mental health to her work within the Loyola community.

Meet and chat with Christine at her weekly "Sweet-n-Greet" in the Buddig Hall lobby every Wednesday at 8 p.m.

 

Sr. Madonna picture Sr. Mary “Madonna” Baudier
 Resident Minister
 Carrollton 415
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Sister Madonna was born and has lived most of her life in New Orleans.  As a junior in high school, she came to Loyola to take summer school class in journalism and then worked on the Maroon each Wednesday evening for the rest of the year.  After high school, she entered the Religious Congregation of the Marianites of Holy Cross (in New Orleans) and has been in various ministries since then.  Later she came back to Loyola as a student in the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) part-time.  After graduating, she became a resident minister and worked with the Awakening retreat, living first in Biever, then Buddig, and now in Carrollton Hall.  

Meet and chat with Sr. Madonna at her weekly "Sweet-n-Greet" in the Carrollton Hall lobby every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Anysia Palmer Mrs. Anysia Palmer
 Resident Minister
 Cabra 116
 alpalmer@loyno.edu

Anysia is earning a Master's degree in Music Therapy at Loyola and serves as a Resident Minister for both Cabra and Founders Halls. 

Anysia is originally from Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Industry Management. Ministry, for her, is a lifelong passion and has included several international missions placements, as well as work within the church body. Her 13 year career in teaching was a one-of-a-kind ministry opportunity to affect change in young children's and families' lives. Anysia hopes to continue her lifelong ministry in a new career opportunity that can assist various underserved communities in experiencing healing, faith and community through music. Anysia is very excited to be joining the Resident Ministry team and hopes to bring that same spirit of healing, faith and community to the residents of Cabra and Founders Halls. 

Meet and chat with Anysia at her weekly "Sweet-n-Greet" in the Cabra Hall lobby every Thursday at 4 p.m.

 

Fr. Justin Daffron picture Fr. Justin Daffron, S.J.
 Jesuit in Residence
 Biever 246
 jdaffron@loyno.edu
 504-865-2304
 

Fr. Justin serves as the Vice President for Mission and Identity.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Fr. Justin joined the Jesuits in 1995.  He has lived in Shreveport, Mobile, Berkeley, St. Louis & Chicago, and studied abroad in Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Nairobi, and Tijuana, where he also worked in the Casa de Los Pobres with women and children who had gotten stuck at the border.  Of the Loyola community, he says, "We together create better soil. I think it takes each one of us sharing our unique gifts and talents, and that will allow each one of us to shine in a way that we become a better place."  He is always ready for traveling, sailing, cycling, skiing, cooking & yoga.

 

Fr. Gregg Grovenburg picture Fr. Gregg Grovenburg, S.J.
 Jesuit in Residence
 Buddig 1205
 ghgroven@loyno.edu
 504-865-2328

Fr. Gregg serves as a University Minister in the Department of Student Life and Ministry.

Fr. Gregg is from Kansas City. He has earned degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, Heythrop College at the University of London, and Boston College. He taught at the high school he attended (Rockhurst) in Kansas City, and also at St. John's College in Belize. He was ordained a priest in 1988.

Gregg has worked in youth ministry/adolescent spirituality, retreat ministry, and campus ministry at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and Fairfield University, and with the Jesuit International Volunteers. He has also served as director of a retirement facility for Jesuit Priests and Brothers in St. Louis.  He currently works in Sacraments and Faith Formation at Loyola.