Fr. Robert Lampitt
As a Catholic Illini alumni and former SJCNC ministry leader in Koinonia and the sacristan team, St. John's has always held a special place in Fr. Robert Lampitt's heart. He was here from 1997-2002 as a student, and returned in June 2017 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. Kyle Lucas
Fr. Kyle Lucas joined the SJCNC pastoral staff in July 2019. A Catholic Illini alumnus, Fr. Lucas returns to the campus to serve students through his ministry and spiritual care. Fr. Lucas works closely with the Newman Hall Resident Advisor team to ensure that the spiritual needs of residents and student leaders are properly met.
Sr. Clara Maria Malay, SCTJM
As a member of the SJCNC Pastoral Team, Sr. Clara Maria, SCTJM offers one-on-one spiritual guidance and assists with formation of Catholic Illini in RCIA and other faith formation classes, participates in retreat programs, and is available to answer questions about spirituality and faith. Join Sr. Clara in prayer at 1:30 (Rosary) and 3:00 (Divine Mercy Chaplet) in the Main Chapel Tuesdays through Fridays.
Sr. Mary Rachel Hart, SCTJM
As a member of the SJCNC Pastoral Team, Sr. Mary Rachel, SCTJM offers one-on-one spiritual guidance and assists with formation of Catholic Illini in RCIA and other faith formation classes, participates in retreat programs, and is available to answer questions about spirituality and faith. Join Sr. Mary Rachel in prayer at 1:30 (Rosary) and 3:00 (Divine Mercy Chaplet) in the Main Chapel Tuesdays through Fridays.
FOCUS Missionary Team
Led by Team Director Chelsey Young, the 2018 FOCUS Missionary team of Meredith Hovis, Tanner Gosda, Marcel Lu and Hannah Dustman 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.
Director of Advancement
With over 40 years of experience on college campuses, Mike Hatfield brings a diverse background to St John’s Catholic Newman Center. No stranger to SJCNC, Hatfield is a St John’s alum from his days at Parkland College in the mid 1970’s and long-time friend and colleague of former SJCNC Director and UI Varsity Team Chaplain – the late Msgr Edward J Duncan. Hatfield’s professional experiences through the years have focused on providing support for college students in order for them to have the best opportunities available in order to attain their goals and prepare for life after college. That history of support has been in the form of coaching, training, counseling, advising, educating, and allocating resources….along with raising monies for scholarships, academic support services, sports medicine programs, facilities, and ministry programs. A native of Hoopeston, IL (St Anthony), Hatfield graduated from Parkland College and then earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the EIU Cross Country team that won an NCAA Championship, earned NCAA All American status as a member of the EIU track team. Hatfield is an honored member of the Hoopeston Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Eastern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame. His professional background prior to arriving at SJCNC was in intercollegiate athletics, with his first stop being at Cal-State Fullerton and his last stop (that has now lasted over 30 years) at the University of Illinois. Hatfield’s responsibilities with SJCNC focus on revenue and reputation, which includes starting and coordinating a/an:
- Annual giving program. The Chaplain’s Fund. To sustain and grow the immediate and long term needs of the student ministry programs.
- Planned giving program. Enabling interested benefactors an opportunity to provide funding from their estate to grow the SJCNC endowment, providing funding to SJCNC in perpetuity.
- Ministry specific giving programs. Allowing interested individuals an opportunity to make gifts specific to a particular ministry program that "made a difference" in their lives.
Director of Operations & Finance
As Director of Operations, Tristan Pisarczyk oversees the housing, residential life, business, and facilities operations of Newman Hall and St. John's Catholic Newman Center.
Jenna primarily works with the Resident Advisors as they guide and oversee the wellness of the students living and navigating Newman Hall. As a Resident Director, Jenna's my primary goal/objective is to reassure that safe, open, and inclusive communities are fostered and maintained. Furthermore, she is passionate about the holistic development of college students and making sure their in-and-out-of-class experiences are educational, fun, and intentional.
As Housing Manager, Adri Garcia helps residents and parents "stay centered" at Newman Hall. Adri oversees application, contracting and room selection and directs the Visit Center tours. Have a question about living at Newman Hall? Contact Adri!
Cindy Flottmann manages daily business operations for St. John's Catholic Newman Center and Newman Hall. Contact Cindy for assistance in making a payment for Newman Hall room and board, help in setting up a recurring monthly gift to St. John's Catholic Newman Center, or for help scheduling a Mass intention.
Hall Office Manager
Jen Garcia oversees the Hall Office, providing support and services to Newman Hall residents and St. John's Catholic Newman Center visitors alike.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Jennifer LaMontagne handles marketing, advertising, media and communication for Newman Hall and St. John's Catholic Newman Center. Jennifer is responsible for supporting Hall recruiting and retention through marketing and promotion, as well as program and ministry outreach to Catholic Illini wherever they might live on campus, and for communications to Catholic Illini and Newman Hall alumni, friends, and donors.