Meet the Staff

The staff at the Sheil Catholic Center is dedicated to serving the students and community of Northwestern University on both the Evanston and Chicago Campuses.  Learn more about our staff members, as well as their contact information, by clicking on the links below.



Father Kevin Feeney 
Chaplain & Director

Fr. Kevin Feeney is a native of Chicago and was ordained for the archdiocese in 1977.  He served as associate pastor at Epiphany Parish in Chicago from 1977-1983. He was part of the formation faculty and Director of Spiritual Life at Mundelein Seminary from 1983-1991. He served as pastor of St. Sylvester Parish in Chicago from 1991-2000, at which point he returned to the seminary, first as Dean of Formation, and then as Director of Spiritual Life, until 2013.


Fr. Feeney holds a M.Div. degree from St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and a Masters in Applied Spirituality from the University of San Francisco. He is a candidate for the D. Min. from Mundelein Seminary; his goal is to finish the required writing for the degree this year.


Fr. Feeney, like Fr. Kartje before him, is a White Sox fan.  He enjoys reading, writing, listening to (almost) all kinds of music. An unaccomplished musician, he likes to relax with his guitar (and sometimes even plays it).  He belongs to a priest prayer group which has been a major source of support for the past 30 years. He also belongs to a book club. He likes bicycling and working out. He enjoys getting together with friends for dinner, a movie and an occasional concert (CSO). As chaplain and director, he looks forward to continuing the great tradition of prayer, worship, pastoral care, education and service that has been established at Sheil Catholic Center. He is delighted to be here and always looks forward to serving the many people who consider Sheil their spiritual home. Fr. Kevin can be reached at
kevin.feeney@northwestern.edu

Carol Leitch Miller
Chicago Campus Minister

Carol Leitch Miller, M.A.L. is a Catholic Campus Minister
for the professional schools at Northwestern University. In this role, Carol serves the law and medical schools as the Sheil Campus minister on the university’s Chicago campus and also provides an interfaith presence for the University Chaplain’s Office on that campus.

After earning her Master’s in Liturgy from USML/ Mundelein Seminary, Carol served in the Personnel Services Department of the Archdiocese of Chicago where she helped to recruit, select, onboard, develop and recognize those involved in the mission of the Pastoral Center.

In addition to the Chicago campus ministry, Carol also co-directs the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program at Holy Name Cathedral and coordinates wedding liturgies at the Saint James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center.

She has been actively involved in various ministries at parish, seminary, and Archdiocesan settings.   Carol recently collaborated with the Office of Lay Ecclesial Ministry of the Archdiocese and the Veterans Administration to present a program for pastoral associates to recognize and respond to the needs of returning veterans where she shared her own experiences as the mother of an Iraqi veteran. Ask Carol to tell you about the time she hosted eight Iraqi generals in an unanticipated Chicago tour! Carol is the mother of one son, Mark, who serves as a Commander of Mobile Communications for the United States Army. Carol loves gardens, fine and handcrafted arts, used books, music, sacred architecture, and The Lake.
carol.miller@northwestern.edu

Teresa Corcoran
Director of Operations

Teresa has been a member of the Sheil community since high school. Before coming to work at Sheil, she was General Manager of a restaurant and Head Staffing Coordinator at a Home Health Care Service Agency. She then took time off to raise her six children. She started working at Sheil as a volunteer in 1988, joined the staff on a part-time basis in 1989 and became a full-time staff member in 1997.

When not at Sheil, Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, who does maintenance at Sheil, as well as their six children and two grandsons. She also enjoys cooking, dancing, gardening, reading, football and spending time with her sisters. Teresa can be reached at t-corcoran@u.northwestern.edu or (847) 328-4648. 

 

Mary Deeley
Pastoral Associate and Director of the Christ the Teacher Institute

 Mary earned a music degree from Dominican University, a Master's of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a PhD in Hebrew Scripture and Early Christian Literature from Northwestern University.  She has an abiding love for ministry
and scripture and joined the staff as Pastoral Associate in 1997.

Prior to working at Sheil, Mary put her degrees in music, ministry and scripture to use as both a campus minister and college and seminary professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. Mary's experience in liturgy, music, ministry, counseling and spiritual direction provides an excellent background for her work at Sheil where she advises the Catholic Scholars, teaches in the Institute, and works with students and others in discernment processes, leadership development, spiritual direction, and formation. In addition, Mary brings her expertise in scripture to Sheil's Bible Study program, on retreats and to the many conversations about faith within the Sheil community. She is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences on such diverse topics as evangelization, discernment, preaching, liturgical and Celtic Spirituality, prayer, ministry, and leadership. And she occasionally teaches courses in scripture, preaching, and spirituality.

Mary is the author of a Mothers, Lovers, Priests, Prophets, and Kings:  What the Old Testament Tells Us About God and Ourselves, Daybreaks:  Daily
Reflections for Advent and Christmas, and Remembering God: Resting in the Midst of Life all published by Liguori Press, as well as numerous reflections and articles on the bible, lectionary readings, scripture, campus ministry, and young adults. 

Mary welcomes conversation with students and associates in a variety of contexts such as firesides, retreats, classes, discussions, one-on-one counseling and spiritual direction. You can follow her on twitter @mkdpa and you can reach her at m-deeley@u.northwestern.edu or (847) 328-4648.

 

Christine Grinslade
Communications Coordinator

Christine has been a member of the Sheil community since 1996. She has been involved as a member of the Mardi Gras Fundraising Committee, the Sheil School of Religion, Prison Ministry, Nursing Home ministry and particularly enjoys her role as a Eucharistic Minister.

Christine has a Bachelor's in Marketing from Indiana University in Bloomington and has held various management and marketing positions throughout her career. In her most recent positions as the resident property manager of a local apartment complex and as assistant to the provost of National Louis University, Christine has had the pleasure of working with and housing students from Northwestern and National Louis Universities.

Outside of Sheil, Christine enjoys reading, movies, theater, travel, and being a news junkie with her son Sean, who is an Associate Producer for Tribune Broadcasting. Christine can be reached at
c-grinslade@u.northwestern.edu
or (847) 328-4648. 

 

Tim Higgins 
Campus Minister

Tim earned a Master of Divinity degree from Washington Theological Union. Prior to working at Sheil, Tim worked for the Religious Order, Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In his role there, he developed and implemented parish initiatives for teens and young adults, which focused on community building, prayer, socialization and outreach to the local community. Peace and justice issues, along with community outreach, have been an important component of Tim's work with youth and young adults.

When Tim isn't at Sheil, he enjoys going to sporting events, being outdoors and playing hockey.  Tim can be reached at t-higgins@u.northwestern.edu or (847) 328-4648. 


Angela Stramaglia
Director of Music & Liturgy

Angela received her Bachelor's and Master's of Music and Vocal Performance at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She has been active in music ministry and liturgy for 25 years and is certified by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Divine Worship through the Parish Liturgy Program.

Angela officially became Director of Music & Liturgy at the Sheil Center in 1995 and expanded that role to include oversight of all liturgical ministries in 2002. She also serves on the standing committee for the Campus Ministry Division of the National Pastoral Musicians Association.

In her past life, Angela shared her professional life as a music minister and liturgist with her career as classical artist. She has performed such roles as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Witch in Hansel and Gretel, as well as the title role in Puccini's Tosca. Angela has appeared with the Northshore Choral Society, the Wheaton Symphony as featured soloist in Britten's War Requiem, as well as the Dupage Symphony in a concert format of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. In 1998, she was selected as one of Chicago Opera Theater's "Debut Artists."

Angela is married to Northwestern University Chemical Engineering Chairman Wesley Burghardt, who plays guitar and sings with the 11am choir on Sundays.  They are the proud parents of Conrad James, born July 19, 1999. Angela can be reached at a-stramaglia@u.northwestern.edu or (847) 328-4648.  

Wioletta Jurkulak
Administravie Assistant

Wioletta was born and raised in Poland. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1993 with her mother and 3 younger siblings. Prior to working at Sheil, she was working in the medical field as a Substance Abuse Counselor at John H. Stroger Hospital. Wioletta has been working at the Sheil front desk since 2011. She enjoys hosting students and visitors at Cheap Lunch every Wednesday. She also loves the challenge of taking care of all sacramental records.


When not at Sheil, she loves to spend time with her husband Pavel and son Patrick. She love listening to all kinds of music, reading spiritual books and dancing. Her husband Pavel and Wioletta are involved in the Archdiocesan Deacon Formation Program and at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles. Wioletta says, “ I am looking forward to assisting my husband in his ministry as Deacon”
w-jurkulak@u.northwestern.edu or 847-328-4648