Light at the end of the tunnel…

If you missed our “Remembering the Year Past: Transitioning to Hope” Program… Watch it above. 

It’s been a year! Over the past few days and weeks, many have engaged in reflection on the long year we have just endured together. Thoughts have swirled around hardships, sacrifices, broken dreams, lost moments, loss of life, on-going illness, virtual classrooms, vaccinations and all the realities that we’ve experienced due to the COVID pandemic.

It has been a long, arduous year and, at times, many have wondered if we would ever get past the turbulence. But, today there is a glimmer of light at the end of this pandemic tunnel as vaccinations become more abundant. We are hearing hopeful chatter about returning to campus, returning to gatherings, and returning to life as we once knew it. There is hope, and yet, we are cautioned to continue distancing, wear masks and SLOW DOWN!

As we move forward, much more slowly than we’d like, we are certain to be engulfed in the on-going struggles of these times. Indeed, these waning days of the pandemic may truly be some of the most challenging. It is in such times that we return to our wisdom figures, those who have endured so much in their own lives and in their own ways, and we find encouragement. St. Vincent, through the echoes of time, encourages us as we keep our eyes on the light:

“Trust firmly in God’s guidance and encourage your people to have this trust in the present disturbances; the storm will abate, and the calm will be greater and more pleasing than ever. “[ Vincent de Paul (Volume: 5 | Page#: 454) To Charles Ozenne, 15 October, 1655 added on 6/28/2011]

In the weeks and months ahead, please know that DePaul’s Mission and Ministry staff is here to encourage you and accompany you along the way. If you find yourself weary, please do not hesitate to reach out to the ministers in your midst who will bring you words of hope and cheer you on as we all wait for the storm to abate and the light to shine brightly.


Individual Pastoral Support for Faculty and Staff

Mission and Ministry’s Faculty and Staff Engagement Team (FASE) is available to provide a listening ear and pastoral support for individual faculty and staff. Appointments can be scheduled using the following links:

Abdul-Malik Ryan:
Mark Laboe:
Siobhan O’Donoghue:
Tom Judge by email:
General FASE email address:


Individual Pastoral Support for Students

Available Mission and Ministry staff who accompany students are available to provide a listening ear and pastoral support for all students.  Appointments can be scheduled using the following links:


Pastor Diane Dardón | (Protestant Chaplain)
Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan | (Muslim Chaplain)
Minister Jene Colvin | (Protestant & Interfaith Minister)
Matthew Charnay | (Jewish Life & Interfaith Coordinator)


Amanda Thompson  |
Matt Merkt  |
Ceni de la Torre  |


Karl Nass  |
Emily LaHood Olsen  |
Joyana Dvorak  |
Katie Sullivan  | KSULLI47@depaul
Gina Leal |

Georgie Torres-Reyes

Programs and Spaces for Community Dialogue and Pastoral Care

November 2-6

Between the pandemic, politics, and quickly approaching quarter finals, we’re coming up on a particularly charged week. Mission & Ministry is providing a variety of ways to be together to listen, to process or just breathe.

Below is a line-up of services and programs offered to faculty, staff and students.



Individual Pastoral Support for Faculty and Staff

Mission and Ministry’s Faculty and Staff Engagement Team (FASE) is available to provide a listening ear and pastoral support for individual faculty and staff during election week and beyond. Appointments can be scheduled using the following links:

Abdul-Malik Ryan:
Mark Laboe:
Mike Van Dorpe:
Siobhan O’Donoghue:
Tom Judge by email:
General FASE email address:

Midweek LIVE Prayer for the DePaul Community     

Wednesday, November 4th, 9:05 am            

Join colleagues from the DePaul community for ten minutes of guided interfaith-friendly prayer and reflection on Wednesday morning at 9:05 am. This time will include a brief opening prayer, a short spiritual reading, and quiet space for reflection. The prayer will be held on Facebook LIVE at 9:05 AM and end promptly at 9:15 am, with the video available afterwards for those who cannot be present at that time. Participate in the Prayer by following this link:

Connection Cafés: Processing the Elections with DePaul Colleagues

Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th

This election season has added a layer of stress and uncertainty for many of us. The Division of Mission and Ministry invites you to participate in a Connection Café: Processing the Election with DePaul Colleagues.  These Connection Cafés are intended to create a space for DePaul faculty and staff to process what they may be feeling and thinking after the November 3rd election day in what may be a prolonged period of uncertainty. Join with DePaul colleagues to share your own experiences and hear those of others, guided by elements of a peace circle process and facilitated by Mission and Ministry staff.

Registration Required. Zoom link will be sent after registration.

Wednesday, November 4th
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Register Here

Thursday, November 5th 
3:30-4:30 pm
Register Here




Pastoral Care Hours

CCM’s Pastoral Care team is available Monday, November 2nd – Friday, December 11.
See schedule below. Connect via Zoom link:

Monday: 10-11 am, 12-1 pm, 2-3 pm, 6-7 pm
Tuesday: 9-10 am, 10-11 am, 12-1 pm, 3-4 pm
Wednesday: 9-11 am, 1-2 pm, 4-5 pm
Thursday: 12-4 pm
Friday: 9:30-11:30 am, 1-3 pm

Circle of Lament

Thursday, November 5, 4:30-5:30 pm

There are times in life when we are left with nothing but sorrow and lament, and for so many reasons, that seems to be the place where many find themselves in these times. Join staff from Catholic Campus Ministry and Religious Diversity and Pastoral Care teams in quiet reflection around the sorrows of today and looking toward hope for tomorrow.



Office Hours

November 4th, 10:00 am—3:00 pm
Come as you are.  Here to listen.
VSF staff will be available through Zoom after election day for those who would like to be in community:

Ozanam Café

Thursday, November 5th, 4:00pm to 5:00 pm

Join the Vincentians in Action (VIA) and Meet Me at the Mission (MMATM) communities for coffee, community, and conversations about social justice. This quarter, we will be exploring activism in the Vincentian way. Come build your activism toolbox and learn more about the Vincentian approach to systemic change. Join us on Zoom:

Community Peacemakers – Self and Collective Wellness Circle

November 6th, 11am-12pm

Join VIA’s Community Peacemakers for a talking circle about self-care and collective care, as we navigate being students in these COVID-19 times. Come learn about peace circles, have a space for reflection, and be in community with others! Space Limited – RSVP on DeHub:



Pastoral Care
Follow RDPC  Facebook & Instagram (@RDPCDePaul) for daily words of encouragement. In addition, the RDPC team is available to all students needing comfort or a listening ear.

Reach out directly to a member of our team:

Pastor Diane Dardón |
Protestant Chaplain/Director-Religious Diversity & Pastoral Care

Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan |
Muslim Chaplain/Assistant Director-Religious Diversity & Pastoral Care

Minister Jene Colvin |
Protestant and Interfaith Minister

Matthew Charnay |
Jewish Life and Interfaith Coordinator

Post-election Open Spaces on Zoom:

Tuesday, November 3rd

2:30-4:30 Mat Charnay and DePaul Jewish Life community gathering

Wednesday, November 4th

9:00-11:30 am Pastor Diane is available for conversation, prayer, and listening

1:30-3:30 pm Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan is available for conversation, prayer, and listening

2:30-4:30 pm Mat Charnay and DePaul Jewish Life community gathering

Thursday, Nov. 5th

9:00-11:00 am
Imam Abdul-Malik Ryan is available for conversation, prayer, and listening

3:30-7:00 pm
Virtual UMMA Room/Muslim Life Center open for conversation and community