University Ministry staff are available to answer questions, lend pastoral support or spiritual direction, and help students discern involvement in any number of ways. You can contact a staff person to set-up a time to meet, or just drop by!

 

John DeCostanza, Director, University Ministry

 jdecostanza@dom.edu  (708) 524-6685

John holds the Doctorate in Ministry from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL with a concentration in Hispanic Theology and Ministry. There he was named a Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Scholar. John’s research and ministerial interests include Latin@ theologies, critical pedagogies and LatCrit theories, Catholic higher education and intercultural theologies. Though John had grown up in a culturally Roman Catholic community in Wilmington, DE, he found and claimed his faith in college at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA where he received a BA in English is a Phi Beta Kappa keyholder and member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit National Honors Society. John has been blessed to walk with the Latin@ communities since he landed in the Upper Midwest. John is grateful to have been called to walk in faith and accompaniment with students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and adolescent and adult clients on Chicago’s west side as a social worker. Being invited to minister and serve in these communities provided some of his most important learning experiences. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work and Master’s in Divinity from Loyola University Chicago. Long ago, he served as a Jesuit Volunteer and community organizer with the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in San Diego, CA. John also worked in prison ministry and literacy programs in Chimbote, Perú as an International Lay Volunteer with the Congregation of Christian Brothers. He has been a social worker, educator, and theologian for the last 14 years. John lives in Chicago with his partner in life and faith, Susan, and their three children.

Tara Segal, Assistant Director, University Ministry

tsegal@dom.edu (708) 524-6684

Tara Segal holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Catholic Theological Union and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the Catholic University of America. Tara served as the Director of Campus Ministry at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle, Washington from 2013–2017, and as Director of Campus Ministry and Mission Integration at Trinity High School in River Forest, Illinois, a Sinsinawa Dominican institution, from 2008–2013. Growing up in an interfaith home instilled in Tara a passion for interreligious dialogue. Her study and ministry have focused on accompanying others as they delve more deeply into their relationships with God and learning from others through retreats, prayer, service, and the experiences of daily life. Tara finds joy in reading and all things animal-related.

Sr. Rhonda Miska, O.P., University Minister

rmiska@dom.edu (708) 524-6521

Rhonda is a recently Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa. She holds an MA in Hispanic Ministry from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Before entering religious life, Rhonda served as a Jesuit Volunteer in rural Nicaragua; in social justice ministry and Hispanic ministry at a multi-cultural parish in the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia; as community coordinator in a L’arche-style community with adults with intellectual disabilities and young adult residential volunteers, on program staff at a retreat center in Villa Maria, PA; and as a legal assistant accompanying migrant children at Americans for Immigrant Justice in Miami, FL. Since entering the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation in 2016, Rhonda has served with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Immigration Legal Services and as an instructor in the Religious Studies department at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA. She is also a freelance writer who has published Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table (Paulist, 2015) and Pope Francis Lexicon (Liturgical Press, 2018) as well as in various print and online publications. Rhonda’s own formative service-learning, liturgical, retreat, and leadership experiences as an undergraduate student in campus ministry inform her passion in accompanying students in working for a more just and humane world.

Amy Omi, University Minister for Liturgy and the Arts

aomi@dom.edu (708) 524-6683

Amy Omi is a 2003 alumna of Dominican University. She received her master’s in music education from VanderCook College of Music in 2008 and returned to Dominican in 2011 as music and liturgy coordinator. As part of the University Ministry Team, she seeks to enliven the Dominican University faith community, foster spiritual development, celebrate diversity and promote the Gospel values of service and justice. Not only is Amy dedicated to educating undergraduate students in the discipline of music, she is deeply committed to cultivating contemplation and prayer within the day-to-day life of the University campus. Through her work as a music liturgist, she provides students with opportunities to strengthen their skills through public prayer and explore culturally competent approaches to liturgy and the arts. At home in Lyons, Amy finds great joy raising her beautiful children, Ella, Evan and Eve, with her husband, Mark.