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Campus Ministry dedicates itself to pastoral care, faith formation, and furthering the common good through practice of the Benedictine hallmarks in our community.
We celebrate 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!
Send Carrie an Email
Phone: (630) 829-6028
Carrie Ankeny, M.A., has her Catholic Campus Ministry Certification from CCMA. She earned a Master of Arts in Theology and a graduate certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Villanova University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Aquinas College. She has experience as a residence hall minister and has been on the organizational team for service trips within the United States and to Belize, Cambodia, the Philippines, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. Carrie organizes all of Benedictine’s Campus Ministry service and social justice opportunities and works with, M.O.S.A.I.C., interfaith group on campus.
Send Carol an Email
Phone: (630) 829-6029
Carol Allen, M.A.P.S., is originally from Kansas. She earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Missouri State University. Her ministerial experience includes music ministry and working with children and young adults from preschool through college.
Send Fr. Philip an Email
Phone: (630) 829-6030
Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B., is a native of Joliet, Ill. He is the former acting director of Campus Ministry and the former chair of the Department of Theology at Benedictine. Fr. Timko staffs all sacraments and Catholic liturgies at Benedictine and is an active faculty member who continues to teach Theology classes. His office hours are 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and 8:00-11:30 a.m. (Tuesday and Thursday).
Send Br. Rick an Email
Phone: (630) 829-6033
Br. Rick Poro has been a professed monk of St. Procopius Abbey since November 20th 1993. He has been at Benedictine University fostering our Catholic and Benedictine tradition for over 20 years. He has helped create lasting relationships as students serve with him at the West Suburban Community Pantry in Lisle, Sacred Heart Parish in Hopkins Park, and many other local organizations. He hosts monthly Dinner and Vespers gatherings for our students at St. Procopius Abbey so they may learn about the monastic vocation. Br. Rick is pastoral presence to faculty, staff and students. Br. Rick brings to life our call to live out ora et labora.
Fr. Nestor is a currently earning his bachelor’s degree from Benedictine University. His hometown is in Tanzania and has been with us for over a couple year. He also serves as pastor in residence at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in downtown Naperville. Fr. Nestor finds his call in helping others deepen their relationship with Jesus, and creating a space for all to be heard. Fr. Nestor celebrates Mass in St. Benedict Chapel Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
Anna Fisher, Senior
Writing and Publishing major, Music minor
Anna has an enthusiasm for editing, discovering good books, and having diverting conversations over tea. She runs a blog called Iotas from the Fishbowl, plays French horn and mellophone in the Benedictine Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Athletic Band, and can often be found making puns and pondering G. K. Chesterton's poetry.
Fatma Alzahara Hussein, Junior
Health Science major, Arabic minor
Outside of school, Fatma is the youth coordinator at Sudanese American Charity of Illinois. What interests Fatma the most is doing volunteer work. She wants to get involved with the community and stay connected to it. In her free time, she likes to meditate to diminish stress and engage herself spiritually. Fatma likes meeting new people and growing better connections with her surroundings. The quote that she lives upon is “Everything happens for a reason” in which she believes that people should be optimistic and focus only on the positive sides.
Anna Dudziak, Junior
Sports and Exercise Science major, concentration in Pre-Professional Health Studies
Anna is part of the women's soccer team and works in admissions as student ambassador. She believes growing one's faith allows you to grow closer with God and develop a relationship used in every aspect of your life: school, athletics, friendship and so much more. She has grown her faith and attended Catholic school since Kindergarten. Throughout high school she participated in numerous retreats, service projects, and became part of Campus Ministry as a Eucharistic Minister. These involvements paved a path for her current involvement in Benedictine's Cor program.
Molly McGraw, Sophomore
Special Education major, Spanish minor
Molly is from St. Charles, IL and is excited to work with others to continue to build our community of service on campus.