This year, the college is celebrating a first — a chaplain to call our own. Rev. John Schlegel, S.J., recently joined the pastoral team at Church of the Gesu and was asked to serve as chaplain for health sciences.

Father Schlegel is a member of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus and has spent the past 40 years in higher education as a teacher and administrator. He holds a Ph.D. in international politics from Oxford University and has taught political science off and on for much of the past decades. As an administrator, he served as dean at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette (1984–88), executive and academic vice president at John Carroll University, president of the University of San Francisco (1990–2000), and, most recently, as president of Creighton University (2000–11). His last assignment was as president and publisher of America Magazine in New York.

His primary role as chaplain is to be of service to all students — graduate and undergraduate — faculty and staff. "Consider me a resource person for all of you," he says.

Father Schlegel is happy to meet with you individually or in groups for conversation about personal, spiritual or professional issues/topics. His presence and service complement what is offered by Campus Ministry and Gesu Parish: retreats, service opportunities, spiritual direction and more.

From Father Schlegel's perspective, a chaplain can serve the college in these four ways:

  1. Chaplains can offer formal/informal pastoral support and provide referrals and advocacy for students, faculty and staff.
  2. The chaplain can be a key person in crisis and grief management.
  3. The chaplain can specifically support the faith life of the college — from an inclusive and inter-denominational perspective.
  4. The chaplain can be a resource person at faculty meetings or student government meetings about Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit identity and work with other colleges/schools if needed.

For appointments, please contact Rosie in the Dean’s Office at (414) 288-5053, the Gesu Parish office at (414) 288-7101 or the Jesuit Residence switchboard at (414) 288-5000. Father Schlegel can also be reached at at