Campus Minister, Spiritan Campus Ministry, Duquesne University
Statement of Research Interest/ Problem of Practice:
Giovan's research interest focuses on youth and young adult transition in college campus with a particular focus on the developmental tasks of emerging adults associated in discovering personal identity with life's vocation.
Giovan Cuchapin is a campus minister at Duquesne University since January 2015. He is beginning his fourteenth year working in a youth and young adult ministry setting. Prior to joining the Spiritan Campus Ministry team, Giovan worked as a youth minister and campus minister in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas. He was also part of the Texas Catholic Campus and Young Adult Ministers Association.
He served as campus minister at the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Houston. He also served as youth minister at St. Edward Catholic Church and at St. John Fisher Catholic Church. Giovan is a certified campus minister through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Campus Ministry Association.
Giovan obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas and his Master of Arts degree from the University St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Mentored by: Fr. William Christy, CSSp
Assistant Director of Spiritan Campus Ministry, Duquesne University
Fr. Bill holds a Master of Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL where he concentrated in the World Mission program of studies. The World Mission concentration prepares candidates for cross-cultural mission through study of anthology, linguistics and sociology in addition to the normal course of seminary studies. He furthered specialized his study at University of Nairobi's Center for African Anthropology, Nairobi, Kenya. He served 15 years as a missionary in Tanzania working with the Maasai in first evangelization ministry and took particular interest in traditional Maasai rites of passage and their use in enculturated catechesis and liturgy.
He was recalled to the US to serve at Duquesne University for three years in Spiritan Campus Ministry before being sent as a missionary to northwestern Australia. In Australia he served on three Aboriginal Reserves in the country of the Bardi Jawa, Nyul Nyul and Djaberadjabera tribes. Responding to pressing need Aboriginal people for mental health care, especially among the youth, Fr. Bill pursued a Masters of Counseling Psychology at the University Notre Dame, Fremantle, Australia and served as school psychologist at Beagle Bay School and Djarindjin-Lombadina School. In his role as school psychologist he developed sand tray therapy for less verbal children, many of whom were affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and narrative therapy for adolescents and emerging adults.
After six years in the Australian outback Fr. Bill again returned to Duquesne University where he engages in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction in addition to his other pastoral duties.