Loyola University Chicago

Catholic Studies


Major Minor of The Month

Major/Minor of the Month - Lizzie Sextro
Lizzie Sextro
Majors & Minors
Theology and English, minor in Catholic Studies
St. Louis, Missouri!!!

Why did you choose to become a CS Minor: I chose to become a Catholic Studies minor because I believed that I would gain a richer sense of my Catholic heritage by taking classes that pertained to Catholicism. I was interested in learning not only about the history and wisdom within the Catholic theological tradition, but also (in a deeply personal way) why I am Catholic and why I remain Catholic.

What is a fond memory you’ve had as a CS minor: The CS Minor’s annual John Courtney Murray Forum was actually begun when I was a sophomore. I have wonderful memories of my participation in the first JCM Forum. I co-authored a play with two dear friends of mine who were also minors; then we performed the play at the Forum. It was an honor to participate and to see the hard work from the other minors that was put into organizing the Forum. To this day, the Forum continues to be a HUGE success, thanks to the hard work of the wonderful CS minors and Dr. Murphy.

Favorite Saint: He’s not a saint yet, but Oscar Romero is very close to my heart.

Career Goals and Aspirations: I hope to continue in academic theology and maybe someday be a professor of theology.

Favorite Catholic Author: Is it cliché to say Flannery? I’m going to say Flannery anyway. Or Mary Karr, but I feel like that’s also cliché.

Best Catholic Studies class taken at Loyola: All Things Ignatian!

Favorite Service Experience: Serving through Loyola4Chicago at Centro Romero as a tutor for an adult ESL class.

Most important idea of all time: “I think we should start writing stuff down.” “Good idea.”

Most important invention: Books

Inspiration to do Good: That Jesus guy.

Central idea of Catholic thought that intrigues you: Catholic Social Teaching in general, but especially the idea of Jesus standing with people on the margins.

Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Pet Peeve: People who walk too slowly

Favorite Food: Fried chicken, or Cheez-Its

Favorite type of Music/ Favorite Song: I love musicals. I listen to musical soundtracks.

Any Body Piercings or Tattoos: My ears used to be pierced, but they are now closed up.

Crazy fad went through in the past: Twilight. Never again.

Qualities valued in a person: Enthusiasm for life, empathy, joy, determination, courage, care for others

If named the president of Loyola, what would you do as your first presidential act: [Lol I pass on this one]

Nicknames: Liz, Lizard Breath, Lizbet, Elizabeth, Eliza

Most Delicious Item at Portillos: Hotdogs?

Pizza Topping: Pepperoni

Favorite Season: SUMMER. GIVE ME WARM.

Dream Travel Destination: Ireland

Guilty Pleasure: Charmed and Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Green Vegetable: Broccoli

Meet anyone past or present, who would it be? WOW, THAT’S SO DIFFICULT. My instinct is to say Elizabeth Johnson, but she’s still alive and I might actually meet her someday… So, it’s a tie between Rene Girard, Ellen Degeneres, and Alyssa Milano (what is my life?)

If you could be omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, or omnibenevolent, which would it be? I think Omnibenevolent.

Favorite Olympic Sport (Summer or Winter): Gymnastics

Favorite movie quote: (From The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.