Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Adjunct Faculty and Emeritae

Stephen Krupa, S.J.

Title/s: Adjunct Senior Instructor

E-mail: skrupa@luc.edu


Stephen Krupa, S.J. was born and raised in Detroit.  He considers himself a true "Michigander" and U. of M. Wolverine and Detroit Tigers fan.  He is one of three sons born to Stephen and Jackie Krupa.  He entered the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) at age 27 and has been a Jesuit for 40 years.  He is a priest, university professor and spiritual director, and currently serves the Midwest Jesuit Province of the Society of Jesus as the superior of two Jesuit communities, one in Chicago and the other in South Bend, Indiana, on the campus of Notre Dame University.  Hobbies include swimming, biking, and hiking, singing, photography, and travel.  He has traveled in over 20 countries, including Australia, China, India, Africa and Palestine.  

Fr. Krupa came to the Institute of Pastoral Studies/LUC in Fall 2008 after teaching for 14 years in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at John Carroll University in Cleveland.  Between 2008 and 2015, he served as the Graduate Program Director of the MA in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at IPS.  He has taught theology and spirituality courses at the University level for over 25 years, including the University of Detroit and Boston College.  He received his Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA., in 1997.  His dissertation topic was "Dorothy Day and the Spirituality of Nonviolence."  Among the courses Fr. Steve teaches are the Foundations of Christian Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality and Discernment, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, Prayer, the Catholic Peace Tradition, Spirituality and Same-Sex Orientation, Christian Mysticism, and Spiritual Direction.  Fr. Krupa also trains directors to give the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and is on the LUC Mission Office team that organizes and delivers the annual SEEL Retreat (Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life) at the University.  He and Fr. Jerry Overbeck, S.J. offer the 7:00 p.m. Mass every Sunday evening during the academic year for LUC and Northwestern University students at St. James/Quigley at the corner of Rush and E. Pearson.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • International Thomas Merton Society

Selected Publications

  • "American Myth and the Gospel: Manifest Destiny and Dorothy Day’s Nonviolence.”  In Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement: Centenary Essays, ed. William J. Thorn, Phillip M. Runkel, and Susan Moutin, 184-200.  Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2001.
  • “Celebrating Dorothy Day,” America, 185, no. 5 (August 27-September 3, 2001): 7-11.

Comments from IPS Students:
In addition to providing a wealth of relevant material for his students, Steve Krupa offers a wealth of experience, insight, and expertise, as well as expert guidance and patience to assist and supervise students as they direct the Exercises. He has fostered a classroom atmosphere of reverence and respect. I am most grateful for this experience.

Fr. Steve Krupa is an excellent instructor that cares about his students.  I appreciate the course materials and the additional articles and resources he provided. His knowledge, expertise and experience is a gift to his students.