St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center

Fr. Kevin McCarthy

Office:  464-4042


Scott Chuchla

Office: 464-4042


Contacts for VU Students

Fr. Kevin - Pastor

Fr. Kevin McCarthy has been the pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Student Center since 1997. He has strong roots in Indiana, having grown up in Highland, earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Evansville, and having attended Saint Meinrad Seminary in Saint Meinrad, Indiana. 

Since being ordained to the priesthood in 1989, Fr. Kevin has been assigned to Saint Bridget's in Hobart, Saint Thomas More in Munster and Nativity of Our Savior in Portage prior to becoming the pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center in 1997.   

Those who know Fr. Kevin quickly learn a few things about him.  Most apparent are his sense of humor, his enthusiasm for bringing people closer to Christ, his passion for empowering people to lead, and his core belief that the only major league franchise in the city of Chicago is the White Sox. 

Fr. Kevin is not only well-known by the community of Saint Teresa's, but also to those associated with the Chapel on the campus of Lutheran-affiliated Valparaiso University as well.  This stems from another of his core beliefs, which is that of outreach and dialogue with members of all faiths.

For that reason and many more, Saint Teresa's is known for its welcoming spirit to those from other parishes and other faiths!

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!

Social Justice 

Sarah is the new Social Justice Peer Minister for the 2014-2015 school year.  She is a senior at Valparaiso University, majoring in Biology and Spanish.  She hails from all over, the currently considers Valpo home.  Sarah likes anything outdoors, running, and a good game of euchre.  Her favorite movies are Casablanca and Miracle on Ice.  She likes discussing her beloved baseball team, the Cardinals, environmentalism, and the Catholic perspective on social issues. 

Community Life 

Olivia is a senior Psychology student at Valpo.  She was born and raised in Paramus,New Jersey; which is a quick ten minute drive from New York City. Olivia has been an active member at St. Teresa's since 2012, participating in many retreats and on the Pastoral Council.  Olivia values being an active community participant.  She lives this out by being on her town's Fourth of July Committee, and she is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a community services fraternity on campus.  Olivia is always up for an exciting adventure, and also enjoys competitive board games.  Olivia's favorite places to unwind are down the Jersey Shore and spending the day in Manhattan. She is excited to serve as this year’s Community Life Peer Minister!

Marketing & Outreach

Amanda is a senior Digital Media and Spanish major from Plymouth, IN. She loves traveling, babbling in Spanish, bonfires, and the beach. In Fall 2013, she spent a semester in Granada, Spain where she taught English in an elementary school. She has served St. Teresa's as a student member of the Pastoral Council, GIFT preschool teacher, and Middle School youth group leader, and is excited to be the Marketing and Outreach Peer Minister this year!



Faith Formation 

Nathan is looking forward to joining the peer ministry staff this year as the Faith Formation peer minister! Growing up in Grand Haven, MI on the coast of Lake Michigan he discovered an interest in the sky and all things weather, leading him to a meteorology major at Valparaiso University. He enjoys good conversation, especially about all those Christ College topics (theology, society, philosophy etc.) because why else would anyone join CC? Always ready for a hike, or anything outdoorsy, there is no outdoor or camping adventure he regrets (yet). He looks forward to serving the St. T's community that has given him so much over the course of his previous three years at Valpo and is looking forward to a successful senior year!


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