St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center


St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center is a vibrant, welcoming, Catholic community serving the students of Valparaiso University and our local families. We empower all to reach their full potential by utilizing their God-given gifts and talents and placing them at the service of God and others.

Fr. Chris Stanish Communication Links

Your Faith with Fr. Chris Stanish (Podcast)

Weekly Letter


Fr. Chris Stanish Bio

Join St. Teresa's 

Please click on the link above and print the St. T's Registration form.  Once you have completed it, please mail or bring in to the office/church.  Once you have registered, you will receive a welcome letter from Fr. Chris asking you to call the office to set up an appointment to meet with him.  Following that meeting your name will be forwarded to our "Welcome Committee". 

If you have any questions, please call the office at 464-4042. 

How To Find Us

Located just across the street from Valparaiso University on Laporte Avenue
1511 Laporte Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: 219-464-4042

Fax: 219-462-2711

From Lincolnway you can find us at 1604 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Staff Emails

Meet the Staff


Daily Readings

Liturgical Ministry Schedules

Mass Times

Saturday 4:00pm

Sunday 8:00 & 11:00 am and 9:00pm (when VU is in session)

Monday & Wednesday 5:15pm

Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am

Friday 12:30pm


Wednesday 6:00-6:30pm

Saturday 2:30-3:30pm

The Reconciliation Room is located in our office building just off the living room area.

Learn more about...

Christ Renews His Parish

Cafe Manna 

St. Augustine Indian Mission

New Roman Missal 

United States Council of Bishops (USCCB)

To find out more about our Campus Ministry, click here!

Here's what's happening at St. T's...


Get to know some of your fellow Saint T's members by joining one of the small faith sharing groups for Lent. Each group will meet once a week during Lent to share thoughts on six stories of Jesus' teachings and miracles. Not only will you get to know some of your community members better, you will also get to know Jesus a little better! There are 10 groups to choose from - each meeting on different days of the weeks at different times. Joining a group is easy - go to select a group that meets at a time that is convenient for you, and sign up!

Daniel Plan 

Our Health Ministry is offering a 6-week series called "The Daniel Plan - 40 Days to a Healthier Life." This is a groundbreaking approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle that is both transformational and sustainable based on: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.

Register online at, or email or call Mary Conlisk at 219-405-7907.
Sessions will be held in Avila Hall from 6:30PM - 7:30PM and free babysitting is available.
March 7, 14, 22(Wednesday), 28, April 4, 11, and 18

Support Fr. Chris’ Comrades for the Special Olympics

St. Teresa’s has created a team to take the 2017 Polar Bear Plunge on Sat. Feb. 25th in support of Special Olympics Indiana. We still need 7 more to join the team in order to see Fr. Chris take the plunge! Come join the team by registering and making a donation in any amount!

To take the “plunge”, individual team members needs to raise a minimum of $75. Please consider making even a small donation to one of the team members that has not met this minimum so all 18 team members will have the opportunity to “plunge”.

Register for the team and/or make a donation today at It can be anonymous if you wish. You can also write a check to the Special Olympics and give it one of the team members.

Christ Renews His Parish Women's Retreat 2017

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a process designed to bring parish members together in a spirit of Christian community.

CRHP is...

  • A 36-hour spiritual retreat held here at St. T’s
  • Sponsored by fellow community members
  • Designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community
  • Build off of various witness talks, discussions, and other foundations of our faith.

CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register.

The Chaplains' Scholarship Fund

Many of you know that Fr. Kevin McCarthy and the pastoral council began a scholarship endowment for the students so that we can offer four students scholarships for the upcoming school year.

The Chaplains’ Scholarship will honor all of the priests who have served here since its original days as Thunderhouse and all throughout its history as St. Teresa of Avila.
Many of you know that Fr. Joseph Murphy recently passed away and it was his passing that really helped us to think of a way to honor all our priests. He was the very first chaplain of Thunderhouse when the idea was formed in 1973. He and Monsignor Charlebois made a $100 bid on the office building and won! Then they raised the funds to move the building to where we are today.

Since then, we have had had a number of priests serve here including: Fr. Joseph Murphy, Fr. Michael Ruggaber, Fr. Timothy Benante, Fr. John Savio, Fr. Roy Beeching, Fr. Tom Mischler, Fr. Terry Chase, Fr. Doug Mayer, and Fr. Kevin McCarthy.

The Foundation has told us that in order to continue the four scholarships we need at least $80,000. I want to invite you to join me in making a gift to The Chaplains’ Scholarship as a way of helping our students and honoring the priests who have generously served our community.

For more details CLICK HERE.  

Pictorial Directory--Coming Your Way! 

For the first time, our Church Directory will be produced in-house with both a printed and digital version. Photo shoots will be casual “come as you are”, with no pressure to buy from a vendor, and will take just a few minutes of your time.

For more details, CLICK HERE

Suggestions and Comments

We have recently added a section on our website for your suggestions and your comments.  Please take a few minutes and share with us.  Suggestions and comments are totally confidential unless otherwise indicated.  Click here to share!

Alumni:  We want to hear from YOU!

St. T's would love to keep in contact with our alumni and now it's easy to do!!  Just click here to update your contact information and your current life status info!!  

Your information will not be shared with any other parties outside of St. Teresa's.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? 

Click here to find out how YOU can become Catholic. 

Check out our Photo Gallery!

Walk to Bethlehem 2017

First Communion From Year Past If you have a picture from a year that is not included in this album, please send it to


 February 21 - Tuesday
8:00 am Daily Mass
7:00 pm RCIA Meeting

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