Krista Chinchilla-Patzke was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and raised in Southern California. She serves as the Faith and Justice Campus Minister at Loyola University Chicago. Her passion for ministry was ignited by faith-based service and immersion opportunities; she is grateful to oversee programs in which undergraduate students, faculty, and staff can engage issues of justice, learn about advocacy, and consider culturally responsive ministry. She cultivated her pastoral approach in her prior professional work at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana and Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

She earned an MA in Theology and Ministry from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College and a BA in Theology and Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. Krista's Jesuit education has greatly influenced her passion for justice and her love for theology.

In her free time, Krista loves traveling, exploring breweries in Chicago, doing yoga, and experimenting with plant-based recipes. She is grateful for her husband, Steven, and her family, who have taught her the importance of welcoming all to a table where bread is to be broken in unity.



June 26, 2022

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are being asked to focus on the kindom of God—not to be absorbed by what we lose when we say “yes” to following Jesus.

March 29, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Once we liberate ourselves, we can then ask ourselves how we will accompany and advocate for those who are tied up in suffering.

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