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  John DeCostanza, Director, University Ministry | (708) 524-6685

John hails from Wilmington, Del-a-where? where he was thoroughly indoctrinated as a Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles Fan. He has carried this passion (or born this burden depending on how you look at it) for the last nine years in Chicago. John loves being a Chicagoan (despite his sports loyalties) and, along with his wife, Susan, and three small children, calls the Southwest Side home. John received his Master of Divinity and Social Work degrees from Loyola University Chicago. He completed his undergraduate studies in English at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. After college, John served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as an interfaith organizer in San Diego, CA and then volunteered in Latin America where he walked with the people of Peru in parish and prison ministries in Chimbote. His cravings for ceviche have never subsided. He brings diverse experience from his time in ministry at Saint Ignatius College Prep and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and a deep appreciation for walking with and learning from those on the margins from his time as a volunteer, then as a social worker on Chicago’s West Side, and beyond. John is very grateful for the gift of companioning students and colleagues in prayer, study, community and service.


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   Ann Hillman, Assistant Director, University Ministry | (708) 524-6684

Ann grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and although she now calls the beloved city of Chicago her home, you can still see her Wisconsin roots during football season (Go Packers!) or after a big snowfall (best shoveled parking spot on the block). She received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies from St. Norbert College. Ann comes to Dominican with experience in parish youth ministry, and her passions in ministry include building welcoming communities of faith, encouraging students to find time for contemplation, and helping others explore their vocation and life callings. In her free time, Ann enjoys golf, camping, and spending time near Lake Michigan.


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   Sr. Mary Ann Mueninghoff O.P., Promoter of Mission Integration and
   University Minister for Community Outreach | (708) 524-6521

Sister Mary Ann is originally from Bloomington, Illinois and is a member of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. She loves working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Her educational background is in theology, psychology and education. As Promoter of Mission she keeps a special eye on encouraging everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumnae, trustees, Sisters, and friends to seek a deeper sense of familiarity with the core values of the University Mission Statement, the Sinsinawa Dominicans, and the principles of the Gospel as they have developed through the history, prayer and tradition in the Catholic community. Sr. Mary Ann also works with the Community Outreach Student Leadership and Ministry (SLAM) team, engaging student leaders in ministry through planning programs and projects that emphasize the joy in focusing on the common good and the ongoing goodness that is possible when the larger community looks out for each precious person among us. To visit Sr. Mary Ann, stop by Lewis 213 anytime!



   Amy Omi, University Minister for Liturgy and the Arts | (708) 524-6683

Amy is no stranger to the Dominican Family. She has contributed her musical gifts to many of Dominican’s liturgical services since her time here as an undergrad. She graduated in 2003 with a BA in Theatre Arts. Her passion for making music that is prayer-centered has brought her home to Dominican time and again. After receiving her Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in 2008, Amy began working as Music Director for River Forest United Methodist Church. There, she utilized her skills as a choral conductor for their Sunday morning services. She also continues to train young singers and pianists at the Language and Music School in Oak Park.  At home in Lyons, Amy finds tremendous joy raising her two beautiful children, Evan and Eve. She and her husband are committed to balancing home-life and work-life with great care. Amy finds peace in knowing that her work in music ministry will one day inspire her children to dedicate their gifts in service to others.