Fr. Luke Spannagel
Fr. Luke Spannagel is a 3 Time Newman-ite! First as an undergraduate Catholic Illini and Newman Hall Resident Advisor, next as Assistant Chaplain under Msgr. Ketcham, and now as Head Chaplain leading SJCNC and thousands of Catholic Illini.
Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck
After answering God's call to the priesthood, Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck cut short his professional soccer career to enter the seminary. Ordained a priest in 2014, Fr. Chase joined the Catholic Illini family in June of 2016 as an assistant chaplain. Fr. Chase mentors the Newman Hall Resident Advisor team and serves as spiritual leader for the Koinonia and Freshman Retreat programs. He also helps to lead and mentor the student-athletes participating in the Catholic Illini Athletics intramural teams.
Fr. Bill Bucciferro, SDB
Fr. Bill Bucciferro serves as an Assistant Chaplain. Fr. Bill provides spiritual direction to Catholic Illini and provides spiritual guidance to the members of the Grad Rosary graduate student ministry. A Salesian priest of St. John Bosco, Fr. Bill joins four of his Salesian sisters on the pastoral staff of St. John's Catholic Newman Center.
FOCUS Missionary Team
Led by Team Director Teresa Gwardys, the 2016 FOCUS Missionary team of Kanji Auira, Mike Kremske, Hannah Schinkel and Niki Viegut provide peer mentorship and discipleship, oversee dozens of small group Bible Studies, and help evangelize the campus through their Catholic witness.
Director of Religious Education
Shawn Reeves directs the religious education offerings at St. John's Catholic Newman Center, including leading the RCIA program as well as other special events designed to help guide the intellectual and faith formation of the Catholic Illini community. Shawn also maintains the sacramental records on behalf of the numerous sacraments of Confirmation, Baptism, Communion, and Holy Matrimony.
Director of Music
Heath Morber directs the fantastic student choirs, cantors, and musicians at St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Under his direction, SJCNC offers 5 choirs featuring 5 types of sacred music, ranging from traditional and Latin chant to praise & worship.