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Meet your Saints & Scholars instructors

Leaders. Mentors. Partners in your faith journey. The Saints & Scholars support team will play a number of important roles as they guide you through one of the most impactful weeks of spiritual exploration you will ever experience. Before you get to campus, get to know them a little better.

I have taught theology at Holy Cross for 12 years. My areas of focus include moral theology, the history of penance, the ethics of war and peace, and the Catholic social tradition. I also co-edited a book on health care, medicine and social justice, entitled “In the Company of the Poor.”

I am proud to serve Holy Cross College as the director of the Saints & Scholars Institute. I also serve the College as the director of the Office of Campus Ministry and as an adjunct faculty member in Theology. I received my BA in philosophy and theology, and my MA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. My areas of research and teaching focus on Thomism, theology and literature, the relationship between religion and culture, and the thought of Walker Percy. When I am off-campus, I enjoy reading, playing music, going for walks, and spending time with my wife and children.

I am grateful to serve Holy Cross College as the director of Common Good Initiatives and the assistant director of the Office of Campus Ministry and the Saints and Scholars Institute. I also teach theology courses in spirituality, care for creation, peacemaking, and ministerial formation. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology from the University of Notre Dame, I earned a master of theology from the Divinity School at Duke University where my research focused on Christian engagement with modern biomedicine. I have a particular interest in the Church’s response to persons, especially soldiers, who experience combat-related trauma, grief, or anguish. My pastoral experience includes time spent in health care and hospice settings, as well as working with the South Bend Catholic Worker community, the Catholic Peace Fellowship, and the Common Goods Co-operative Grocery. My family and I love exploring new hiking and rock-climbing spots, working in our garden, and playing folk tunes. I am eager to accompany our saints and scholars in exploring how the Holy Spirit invites each of us to share in Christ’s healing ministry.

Louis Albarran

I joined the theology department at Holy Cross College in 2011 after teaching theology for four years in a Young Catholic Scholars program for a Newman Center. My areas of research and teaching focus on the intersection between faith and popular culture/music/movies, and faith and popular religion (the use of religious statues/medals/art in ordinary settings). I can’t wait to help our summer scholars learn to see how Jesus (the Logos) is hidden in many forms of media—even secular/non-religious media—and to help them learn about the benefits, as well as the unsuspected traps, for using media in evangelization and the new evangelization. When I’m not in the classroom, I can be found in the streets of South Bend playing old time American music with my two daughters and two sons on guitars, banjos, harmonicas, and violins.

I am the Faculty Athletics Representative at Holy Cross College and an advisor for the Leadership and Sport Management minors at the college.  As an adjunct instructor, I teach several courses on leadership and the ethics and history of sport.  Before joining Holy Cross, I spent six years teaching and coaching in New Orleans, also earning a Masters of Religious Education from Loyola University. I successfully defended my dissertation last fall, entitled “The Sportsman’s Pope:  Leadership within John Paul II’s Writing on Sport.”  As an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, I was a four-year member of the Irish track and field team and the 2000 and 2001 Spring Opener javelin champion. My husband, Andrew, and I have five children and are active in South Bend’s Catholic community.

I have enjoyed teaching courses on theology, peacemaking, spirituality, J.R.R. Tolkien, cinema and integral ecology at Holy Cross College since the spring of 2017. I have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology from the University of Notre Dame and I am currently a student in the Doctor of Ministry Program in the Divinity School at Duke University. From 2001-2007, I taught and served in Campus Ministry at Red Cloud High School, a Jesuit school on the Pine Ridge Reservation and for years I have been involved in the work of the Catholic Peace Fellowship, Common Goods Co-operative Grocery, the Notre Dame Master of Divinity Program, the Satellite Theology Education Program at ND and the Catholic Worker. Since 2012, I have also worked for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend as a Catechist promoting Catholic Social Doctrine, coordinator of Social Ministries and as an officer for ecumenical and interreligious relations. I live with my wife and five children at our urban homestead Blessed Jägerstätter Farm in South Bend. I delight in listening to and performing music as well as coaching and watching baseball. I look forward to encountering those God is calling to embark on the journey to becoming saints and scholars this summer.