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JoAnn Melina Lopez currently serves as Campus Minister for Liturgy at Seattle University. She grew up in India and Singapore, where she learned the importance of hospitality, inclusion, good food, and how to live in an multifaith and multicultural world.

JoAnn has been immersed in Jesuit education and formation for the last decade. She completed her undergraduate degree at Saint Joseph’s University, where she began her journey of integrating faith and justice. JoAnn served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Houston, TX, living in community and working with asylum seekers and refugees, before she received her Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She has previously served as a hospital chaplain and study abroad advisor for students of high financial need.

JoAnn currently serves on the Board of Directors for L'Arche Noah Sealth of Seattle, and sits on the Program Committee for The Ignatian Spirituality Center.

As Campus Minister, JoAnn enjoys listening deeply to students’ stories, creating spaces and opportunities for moments of reflection and prayer, and accompanying students in their journey to live lives rooted in faith, justice, and community. Having participated in Catholic liturgy on four continents, she marvels at unity in diversity in the church, and is passionate about ritual, prayer, the global church and social justice.

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January 1, 2018

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

To share the faith of Mary and the shepherds is to be prophetic. It is to say: I have hope, and I believe in God's desire and ability to shine God’s face in every place.
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