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

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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

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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...

Walk to Bethlehem

Christ Renews His Parish

Cafe Manna 

Prayer Shaw Ministry

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...

The Paschal Mystery--presented by Fr. Jerry Schweitzer

Join us on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00pm in Avila Hall for Fr. Jerry's presentation on The Paschal Mystery.  All are welcome to attend. Come early for a light dinner and, yes, babysitting is provided! 

It's BACK....that's right, Trivia Night is back!! 

We know you have missed it so we brought it back!  Gather your family and friends (smart ones) and head on over to St. T's!

When?  February 4, 2017

Where? Avila Hall 

Why?  Because it's fun and it supports our Campus Ministry Mission Trip!  

How do you learn more and sign up?  CLICK HERE

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

 Health Ministry: Daniel Plan

The Health Ministry is looking for team members to help launch the nationally recognized Daniel Plan.

The Daniel Plan is a healthy lifestyle program framed around abundance, not deprivation. Small group sessions will focus on four key areas of healthy eating and exercise: Faith, Food, Focus, and Friends.

If you would like to be part of the Daniel Plan implementation team, please contact Mary Conlisk at 219-405-7907 (text/phone).

Learn more at:


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!

High School Mission Trip 2012

Middle School Mission Trip 2012

Vacation Bible School 2012

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


 January 20 - Friday
10:00 am Directory Meeting
12:30 pm Mass
1:30 pm Sing a Long Practice
6:00 pm Peer Minister Interviews

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