JoAnn Melina Lopez currently serves as Campus Minister for Liturgy at Seattle University. She enjoys listening deeply to students’ stories, creating spaces and opportunities for reflection and prayer, and accompanying young adults in their journey of living the big questions at the intersections of faith, justice, and community.
JoAnn has been immersed in Jesuit education and formation for over a decade. She completed her undergraduate degree at Saint Joseph’s University, before going on to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer in Houston, working with asylum seekers and refugees. She received her Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and joined Seattle U’s Campus Ministry team six years ago. JoAnn was pleasantly surprised to find a job where her talents of finding the perfect gif for any situation, curating playlists that speak to the heart, and selecting the best food on a menu are put to good use.
JoAnn grew up in India and Singapore, where she learned the importance of hospitality, inclusion, sharing meals, and how to live in an multifaith and multicultural world. 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. JoAnn is grateful for the courageous faith of prophetic voices in every generation, and strives to live now for a Church and world that more closely reflects God’s dreams for us.
Beyond campus, JoAnn serves as the Chair of the Program Council for The Ignatian Spirituality Center and is actively involved in her parish, St. James Cathedral.
This is who God is. Tangible, Joyful, Hope-Filled, Liberating, Life-Giving, Fierce Love. This is who we are called to be.VIEW
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.VIEW