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.
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!