About Us

Campus Ministry at Benedictine University is where faith is united to the intellectual nature of the University in the pursuit of truth; where the wider community can become engaged in civil discourse about the moral implications of faith; where the desire to serve is reflective of faith and love for each other; and the ability to develop a stronger relationship between one's prayer life and work and with God can be pursued individually and communally.

Campus Ministry and its personnel provide a lived pastoral dimension to the University that is holistic for all community members - built on relationships rooted in the care of the whole person including faith formation, spiritual reflection, moral and ethical development, service and social justice, vocation and dedication to spiritual life and faith practice reflective of the Catholic and Benedictine mission and identity of the University.  Ultimately, as a Catholic university we must show that our (Catholic) faith is represented in all we do to discover the wisdom  of and engage in dialogue with others.  Campus Ministry helps the campus community accomplish that mission.

Campus Ministry celebrates the Catholic acknowledgement of the rich diversity of faiths at Benedictine University. Through our programs and services, we aim to assist Benedictine students, faculty, staff, and administration in their spiritual and personal growth.

You are invited to get involved with the wide variety of opportunities we have to offer! Whether you enjoy serving those in need, would like to use your musical talents in worship, or are seeking to learn more about your faith or others, our doors are always open!

Meet Our Staff

 Director of Campus Ministry - Carrie Roberts, M.A.

Carrie RobertsCarrie Roberts, M.A. is a former graduate assistant/intern in the Campus Ministry department of Villanova University.  She holds a Masters of Arts in Theology and a graduate certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Villanova.  Her Bachelor of Arts was earned with a double major in Philosophy and Theology from Aquinas College.  She has experience as a resident hall minister and has been on the organizational team for service trips within the United States and to Belize and Cambodia.  Ms. Roberts organizes all service and social justice opportunities. She may be reached at (630) 829-6028 or croberts@ben.edu.


Minister of the Sacraments - Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B.
Fr. Philip Timko, OSBFather Philip Timko, O.S.B. is a native of Joliet, IL.  He is the former acting director of Campus Ministry and the former Department Head of Theology at Benedictine University.  Fr. Timko staffs all sacraments and Catholic liturgies at Benedictine.  He is also an active faculty member who continues to teach theology classes at the university.  His offices hours are 10:00 to 11:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and 8:00 to 11:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  He may be reached at (630) 829-6030 or ptimko@ben.edu.


Campus Minister, Coordinator of Retreats, Faith Formation and Liturgy - Carol Nowatzke, M.A.P.S. Carol NowatzkeCarol Nowatzke, M.A.P.S. is originally from Kansas. She earned her Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University - Chicago, and her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Missouri State University.  In her lifelong ministerial experience, including music ministry, she has worked with all ages from preschool to college. She may be reached at (630) 829-6029 or cnowatzke@ben.edu.



Campus Minister, Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Engagement - Kathryn Heidelberger, M.Div.

Kathryn HeidelbergerKathryn Heidelberger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Wheaton College and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Kathryn has worked as a resident assistant, hospital chaplain, church intern, and activist for food justice initiatives, and has traveled abroad studying the religious landscapes of Israel/Palestine, Turkey, Greece, and Italy.  Dedicated to both the academic and formational aspects of ecumenical and interfaith ministry and dialogue, Kathryn is passionate about developing students to be charitable, discerning, and constructive colleagues toward one another and their surrounding communities. She may be reached at (630) 829-6336 or kheidelberger@ben.edu.

Office Assistant - Mrs. Maureen Romero

Mrs. Maureen Romero is the Office Manager for Campus Ministry.  She has over 15 years of office and accounting experience working with schools and non-profits. Maureen has an extensive background in ministry having served as a member of a church plant team for Crossings Church in Goodyear, AZ as well as co-leading various children's and youth ministries for both Crossing Church as well as Lifechurch East Valley in Mesa, AZ. She serves the administrative needs of Campus Ministry and the Center for Mission and Identity. She can be reached at (630) 829-1310 or mromero@ben.edu.


Vocation Director, St. Procopius Abbey - Fr. James Flint, O.S.B.
Fr. James Flint, OSBFather James Flint, O.S.B. is the Vocation Director of St. Procopius Abbey.  He also serves as the Abbey's Procurator-Treasurer.  His office hours are 4:00 to 5:00pm on Mondays and 8:00 to 9:00pm on Tuesdays.  He can be reached at (630) 829-6030 or jflint@ben.edu.  You can also find Fr. James on Facebook!  He uses his page to provide information of interest about vocational discernment and the life of the Abbey.