Rachel has been doing
ministry of one kind or another since She was a young adult. She joined
Seattle University Campus Ministry in the fall of 2010 Rachel received a
graduate degree at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (currently Boston
College School of Theology and Ministry) and did her undergraduate work at
Quincy University where she studied theology and Franciscan studies.
Her clearest vocational call
is the voice of women she ministered for (or did they do the ministry?) at a
prison ministry in Northern Missouri. These experiences shaped her perspectives
on justice, race, and poverty issues in American culture, and continue to
inspire her to work with others who will bring about change in our world!
From these foundational experiences she is inspired to live a life devoted to
curiosity, simple living, a deep trust in the work of the Holy Spirit and
creating change in small, but inspired ways.
Rachel and her partner
delight in married life and have 2 awesome daughters who ensure that they live
in the present moment and find God in the chaos of life. She has a pair
of very dirty gardening shoes, a full spice rack, a pile of crafty projects and
more books checked out from the library than should be allowed.
Marilyn Nash was born in Pennsylvania, moved to Seattle as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and fell in love with the northwest. After JVC she worked in social services attending to communities who were homeless or on the margins and was very impacted by the experience. She has a special interest in the body’s relationship to spirituality and worked as a massage therapist for over 10 years. She is an alumna of SU’s School of Theology and Ministry. Marilyn’s passions blur between the personal and professional. She enjoys conversations and spaces that explore spirituality, contemplation, discernment, mindfulness and meaning making; and finds joy in good meals, bad puns, expressive words, gathering communities and being with students.
She hopes her presence at Seattle U helps to both honor and adapt the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius; and that students feel more receptive to loving and being loved through their encounters with her and with campus ministry. Marilyn also currently lives in Bellarmine Hall as a Resident Minister!
Victoria hails from New York City and comes from a family of political activists from the East Elmhurst community in Queens. With fondness, she remembers her Caribbean grandmother as a strong and loving woman whose honesty and fundamental concern for the human condition propelled her community forward. This work ethic and sense of Christian duty provides a framework for how Victoria ministers to people from all contexts. She is a promoter of social justice and community involvement and is committed to raising consciousness and improving quality of life.
Victoria earned her Master of Divinity with an emphasis on psychiatry and religion from Union Theological Seminary. She was later ordained by Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and currently serves as Associate Pastor for New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Kent, Washington. Following seminary Victoria completed a chaplain residency at Veterans Affairs in New York City where she ministered to patients with mental illness. Most recently she served as a chaplain fellow at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance providing spiritual care for diverse patients, family, and staff. Victoria earned her BA in Psychology and an MA in Educational Psychology from New York University.Having worked for nearly ten years as an Academic Advisor at NYU, Victoria is excited to be back on campus. Outside of professional interests she loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys cooking, singing in her church choir, and traveling.