Bereavement Notice – Jen Sweet

Jen Sweet, a former employee of DePaul, passed away on April 6 after fighting cancer for 16 years. Before leaving DePaul for her medical treatment, Jen had served as the director of assessment at the Center for Teaching and Learning. While helping schools and colleges with accreditation related assessment reports, she inspired many faculty and staff with her unbeatable spirit and commitment to work and life.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 10 am at Faupel Funeral Home, New Port Richey, Florida.

Jennifer M. Sweet Obituary 2024 – Faupel Funeral Home & Crematory

2024 Foundation Day: The Shared Coin

On January 25 in celebration of Foundation Day, a new edition of The Shared Coin was released.  This tradition is an invitation for all DePaul students, faculty and staff to celebrate individuals living DePaul’s Vincentian mission by sharing a coin with them. Along with the coin, givers are encouraged to personalize this experience by using the back of the card given out with each coin to write a message to the individual they are acknowledging.

This is a special way to tell someone else, “I see you! I see DePaul’s mission and the Vincentian spirit within you.  That light is radiating out to me. Thank you.  I think it is important that I acknowledge you.” It’s an opportunity for everyone in the community to pause, look around, and recognize the many gifts at DePaul.  

The Shared Coin is modeled after Vincent’s metaphor of the scarred coin, which represented the individuals he served, their inherent dignity, and the investment he made in honoring and uplifting that dignity. 

The 2024 edition of the Shared Coin uplifts a quote by St. Louise de Marillac to celebrate the 400th anniversary of her lumiere experience. On June 4, 1623, Louise de Marillac, filled with doubts and anxiety about her life, entered the Church of Saint Nicholas-des-Champs in Paris. As a young wife with a child and a sick husband, she prayed for her future. Something extraordinary happened there. She experienced a moment of light that changed her life and filled her with a trust that there was a plan for her life. She was freed from her anxiety and doubts and received inner peace. Louise’s “lumiere” experience is an invitation for all of us to root ourselves in trust and to hold on to the light within and around us.

Everyone within the DePaul community is encouraged to integrate this tradition across campus, whether through weekly meetings, gatherings or one-on-one settings. Recipients often feel grateful for the recognition of their good work and their commitment to DePaul’s mission. 

Coin recipients may elect to keep it or may choose to pass it on when they see someone else living the mission in a meaningful way. Any DePaul student, faculty or staff member can go to one of our distribution locations and pick up coins to share with a person or several people they witness living DePaul’s mission. Coins are available on a first come, first-served basis. They are available in limited quantities and once depleted, they will not be available until the following year.  You may pick up coins at the following locations: 

Lincoln Park Location
Division of Mission and Ministry
Student Center, Suite 311
10-4 PM, Monday through Friday 

Loop Location
DePaul Center 125, Loop Life Office
10AM – 4PM Monday – Friday
Division of Mission and Ministry - by request
14 E. Jackson, Suite 800  

For more information on this tradition, visit

“Encourage one another and may your mutual good example speak louder than any words can.” St. Louise de Marillac

Bereavement Notice – Maria Elise Jabon

Maria Elise Jabon

It is with great sadness that we share that Maria Elise Jabon, daughter of David Jabon, Chair of the STEM Studies Department, died on February 13th at the age of 38 after being struck by a vehicle while cycling in Los Altos, California.

Maria studied electrical engineering at Stanford University and then worked as a trailblazing engineer at LinkedIn and Netskope, leaving a legacy of excellence and having served as an exceptional mentor to junior team members and interns. Known for her keen intellect, Maria was an exceptionally kind and considerate person who cared deeply about all those in her life and found meaningful ways to connect with others.  She was an avid backpacker and cyclist who loved the outdoors, a competent outdoorswoman who took pleasure and solace in pushing herself through challenging terrain while still pausing to appreciate alpine wildflowers.  Her death occurred less than three months before her wedding to her fiancé, Matthew.

She is survived by her parents, David and Therese Jabon; her fiancé Matthew Hoffman; her brother Michael Jabon, her sister-in-law Maya Koenig-Dzialowski, and her nephews Rémy Jabon and Maxime Jabon; her sister Sarah Wilder, her brother-in-law Kevin Wilder, and her nephews Finn Wilder and Roman Wilder; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST at Willow Glen Funeral Home (1039 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125). An additional visitation in the Chicago area is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

For more obituary and service information, Click Here.

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Ash Wednesday and Lent This Week

Ash Wednesday, the traditional start to Lent for Christians worldwide, is Wednesday, February 14th.

At the Lincoln Park Campus:
8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (Choir) | St. Vincent de Paul Church
1010 W. Webster Ave.

8:30–3:00 p.m. | Student Center Atrium

5:00 p.m. | Interfaith Sacred Space LPSC


In the Loop:
8:00 a.m.| Miraculous Medal Chapel, Lewis Center, 1st floor
12:00 p.m.| DePaul Center Concourse Level

12:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | DePaul Center, 11th Floor

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During the six weeks of Lent, participants will be invited to reflect on Lenten scriptural readings through the lens of Vincentian spirituality.   Groups will meet once each week via Zoom throughout Lent (a total of six times). Choose between Mondays or Thursdays.

RSVP for Monday Meetings
(February 19–March 25, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.)

RSVP for Thursday Meetings
(February 15–March 21, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.)