St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center

Fr. Chris Stanish

Office:  464-4042


Scott Chuchla

Office: 464-4042


Contacts for VU Students

Fr. Chris - Pastor

Fr. Chris was born in South Chicago (Go White Sox!), but was raised in Hammond. He is the fifth of nine children. As his family continued to grow they moved to Portage where his parents and younger siblings still reside. 

Fr. Chris graduated from Andrean High School and started studying Math Education at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. After a year, he transferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. He spent three years there studying Philosophy and Spanish. After graduation, Bishop Melczek sent him to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He spent four years there studying Theology. By the time he finished, he completed three different Master’s Degrees, one of which has a concentration in spirituality. 

When he finished all of his studies, he came back to the Diocese of Gary and was ordained a priest on June 7, 2014. For his first two years of priesthood he was assigned to Queen of All Saints Parish in Michigan City. He taught two classes while he was there – one on Scripture and one on Prayer. He was named the temporary administrator there while the pastor took a three month research sabbatical

As for some of his hobbies, he loves to be outdoors. He likes to cycle, run, swim, kayak, etc… He used to be really big into racquetball when He was in the seminary. He is an avid reader, coffee drinker, and health food fanatic… He works hard, he prays hard, and he loves every minute of it.

Scott - Campus Minister                    

Scott joined St. Teresa’s in 2014, coming from the University of Dallas, where he served as a Campus Minister. Previously, he was a missionary at Florida State University. He earned a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dallas and a BS in Business from the University of Central Florida. He has spoken at many events, seminars, and conferences and his favorite topics are Scripture, relationships, and the Incarnation. Scott has a great sense of humor and will go to great lengths to make others laugh. He was born and raised in Orlando, loves being outdoors, and the beach is his favorite place to spend time.


Peer Ministers 

St. Teresa’s has a peer ministry program that fosters future leaders in the Church. Four students live in our on-site house, called the Green House, and work an average of 15 hours per week in one of four assigned areas: Faith Formation, Community Life, Outreach and Marketing, and Service and Justice. We are so excited about this ministry here at St. Teresa’s! Here are this year's Peer Ministers!

Outreach and Marketing ~ Brittany

Brittany is a math, Spanish, and secondary education major who is from Geneva, IL. Brittany loves meeting new people, going on adventures, and playing basketball. She is the Vice President of Academics for the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, a member of ALD (the freshmen honor society), and a member of MSEED, a program for education majors in the STEM fields. St. T’s is one of the main reasons Brittany decided to attend Valpo, and she has tried to make the most of her time there by singing in the choir, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, being a student representative on the Pastoral Council, and helping with Café Manna. St. Teresa’s has always been a home away from home for Brittany and she is super, super excited to be a Peer Minister because St. T’s means so much to her!


Community Life ~ Will

Will is a Senior meteorology major from Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb just outside of St. Louis. In addition to his major, he is also earning minors in Digital Media and Math. Will is the Community Life Peer Minister and he is very excited to help make students feel welcome at St. T's through social events. Will will tell you that it was the great atmosphere at St. T's his Freshman year that made Valpo a true home away from home. Ever since he was 9 years old, Will has enjoyed juggling as a hobby, and in middle school he also added extreme pogo sticking to his repertoire. During the last three summers, Will has street performed in St. Louis and Kansas City. Most recently, Will lived in Kansas City and completed an internship at KMBC News with the hopes of fine-tuning his craft as a broadcast meteorologist. This career path stems from Will's love of science and performing – it combines the two in a unique and useful way. He is very involved on campus beyond St. T's as well. Will plays on the men's club Ultimate Frisbee team, is in Community Band (he plays the French Horn), works in the Office of Admissions, and is involved with VUTV and the meteorology department. His favorite movie is The Goonies, which he can quote in its entirety.

Faith Formation ~ Cecilia

Cecilia is excited to be joining the St.T’s staff as the Faith Formation Peer Minister. She hails from the great state of Michigan, is currently studying Mathematics & Computer Science, and is a tutor with the ASC on campus. In her spare time she is a master Rubik’s cube solver, avid reader, and fan of the West Wing TV show. Cecilia is a spectacular seamstress and knitter and is always looking for card players, especially pinochle. She is looking forward to asking thought-provoking questions about faith issues and having theological discussions!

Service and Justice ~ Kaitie 

Kaitie is a Senior Nursing major with a Psychology minor from right here in Valparaiso, IN! St. Teresa of Avila has been Kaitie’s home parish since ’97. She enjoys getting involved in the community and serving others, socializing, laughter, being outdoors, photography, running and much more. As a college student, Kaitie served as a sponsor in the parish RCIA program, a Middle School youth group leader, a Sacristan and as a Eucharistic Minister. She is thrilled to be this year’s Social Justice Peer Minister!

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