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  (708) 524-6685

John DeCostanza holds the Doctorate in Ministry from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL with a concentration in Hispanic Theology and Ministry where he was named a Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Scholar. John received his BA in English and was a Phi Beta Kappa keyholder at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. After serving as a Jesuit Volunteer in San Diego, CA and an international volunteer with the Congregation of Christian Brothers in Chimbote, Perú, John embarked on a career as a social worker and educator in Chicago. Earning master’s degrees in social work and divinity from Loyola University Chicago, John’s vocations were cultivated at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and as clinician in a community-based mental health setting on Chicago’s west side. John’s research and ministerial interests include Latinx theologies, critical pedagogies and LatCrit theories, Catholic higher education and contextual theologies. John has consulted with and served on the board of a number of justice organizations. He is a founding board member and president of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership, a grassroots organization that works to change racial, economic, social, and environmental structures by developing leaders rooted in and inspired by the Catholic social and spiritual traditions. John lives in Chicago with his partner in life and faith, Susan, and their three children.

Tara Segal, Assistant Director, University Ministry (708) 524-6684

Tara Segal is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus in Intercultural Studies and Ministry as a Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL. She 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. She is particularly interested in environmental justice. Tara finds joy in reading and all things animal-related.

Amy Omi, University Minister for Liturgy and the Arts (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.

Jonathan Seals, Undergraduate Intern and Beloved Community Program Coordinator

Jonathan Seals is a senior at Dominican University. He majors in Informatics and minors in Social Justice and Civic Engagement. Jonathan was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and moved to Chicago in pursuit of a higher education. Since coming to Chicago, Jonathan has embarked on the path of activism by working with communities of color to raise awareness of economic problems, gun violence issues, systemic racism, and disparities that people of color face in the STEM fields. Jonathan has also worked with the West Garfield community to create change under the leadership of community leaders from New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on the westside, as an intern with the Beloved Community. There Jonathan was introduced to the Maafa Redemption Project, where he interacted with community members, discussed issues that were plaguing Black communities, while finding solutions to those problems using Scripture. Jonathan’s second year in the program funded research activities and scholarship on disparities in the STEM fields. Jonathan continues to find ways to speak up for underserved communities so that one day they become beacons of hope and prosperity. After two successful years in the program, Jonathan will take his leadership to the next level by shaping and mentoring the Beloved Community interns as he serves as the Program Coordinator.

Maria Guadalupe Tiscareño, Graduate Intern and Ministry en lo Cotidiano Program Coordinator

Maria Tiscareño is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Dominican University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. Maria currently works for the Office of Advising & First-Year Experience within Dominican’s Division of Student Success and Engagement. Maria previously served as a Case Manager for the Access and Referral department at Pillars Community Health and is a fierce advocate for Hispanic and Latinx individuals in underserved communities. Maria’s passion for ensuring the well-being and care of others who are unable to obtain assistance due to systemic barriers serves as the driving force of her ministry. Maria is deeply connected to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa who founded the University and regularly makes trip to the Sisters’ motherhouse in order to serve and volunteer her time. Maria is a heritage speaker of Spanish, grew up in Cicero, and attended Morton East High School. Maria has her roots deeply planted within her local community and within the larger Hispanic and Latinx communities of Chicago.