John Paul Salay
Liturgy and R.C.I.A. Coordinator
Dr. John Paul Salay is Loyola University’s Coordinator of Liturgy and RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). His responsibilities include training and scheduling sacristans and lay ministers who serve during Masses at Madonna della Strada Chapel. As coordinator of the RCIA, John Paul is instrumental in preparing Loyola students who wish to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist.
John Paul began his career with a B.S. in elementary education from Grace College in Indiana. Since he enjoyed teaching in parish settings, John Paul decided to complete a M.Div. at Concordia Theological Seminary in Indiana. After serving in a parish in Chicago, John Paul returned to graduate school in Indiana and earned a S.T.M. in pastoral theology, with a concentration in liturgical studies. His research interests focused on the early medieval catechumenate and rites of Holy Week. John Paul returned to Chicago in 2002, when he enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Loyola University and later wrote his doctoral dissertation on the sacramental theology of a ninth century monk, Ratramnus of Corbie. After receiving a Ph.D. in theology in 2008, John Paul continued to teach as an adjunct instructor of theology at Loyola University and to serve as a parish minister in several parishes throughout the greater Chicago area. In May 2013, John Paul began his current position in Campus Ministry, bringing with him a total of fifteen years in pastoral ministry.
A native of South Bend, Indiana, John Paul is also an avid gardener and home cook. He enjoys raising vegetables at his parents’ home in Indiana and has even made his own wine and sausage from family recipes. Faith, family, and food are his passions.