Fr. Chris Letikirich, CSC, is a Holy Cross priest from North-Central Kenya a Samburu by tribe and was ordained into the order of priesthood on September 19, 2010. He comes from a large family of eight, four boys and four girls. We are happy to have him join the core team here at Andre House after having served as the Director for Holy Cross Family Ministries in East Africa. That experience helped to prepare him for the ministry that serves God in the poor and the homeless of the Phoenix area. Additionally, Fr. Chris worked in the parish as an Associate Pastor for three years, so he brings many gifts and talents to the Andre House staff. When he is not at the Andre House, Chris is learning how to drive on the “right side of the road”, is taking English classes, and is spending time discovering the richness of the desert. He also loves cookies!
“In the manner of Lewis & Clark, Megan is journeying westward. Having grown up in Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., she went to college in the Midwest, at the University of Notre Dame, and has now begun her second year of post-graduate service at the Andre House in Phoenix, Arizona. Megan has greatly enjoyed getting to know the guests at Andre House. She feels privileged to be here, to be able to share in the lives of our guests in however small a way, and to gain at least some insight into the world they confront daily. Megan majored in anthropology at Notre Dame, is especially intrigued by foreign cultures, politics, and societies, and is hoping to go to graduate school in international relations. In the meantime, however, she is very much enjoying the warm weather and cacti, and, as her guests and co-workers are well aware, has an acute weakness for small dogs and all things fluffy.”
Tyler McGehee is a native of the Phoenix area, and has been incredibly excited to return to the valley. He is the current coordinator of the Saturday night soup line, dishing out the meanest goulash in the county. It’s a wonderful mix of assorted vegetables acquired from St. Mary’s Food Bank, macaroni pasta, and spices chosen by the weekly chef. It is cleverly sided by an exquisite salad, bread-and-butter sandwiches, and the always changing fruit-of-the-week. There is incredible beauty in the everyday services at Andre House, and Tyler has found most enjoyment in working the showers where the guests can return to the world feeling refreshed and happy. He recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he studied biochemistry and international peace and conflict, primarily focusing on healthcare inequality and structural violence. Tyler plans to start applications to medical school in May, hoping to attend a school that has the values of Catholic social teaching embedded into its framework.
Jessica is known by many guests for her enthusiastic distribution of tickets before and during the dinner service. At this time, she becomes outgoing and slightly theatrical, as she reminds the guests to be kind to one another (by refraining from throwing trays at one another), to be conscientious in their use of the restrooms (by not using their time in the bathrooms to write a letter to their significant other, take a shower, or complete the NY Times crossword), and to not cut in line (because it slows up the dinner line and it’s rude and obnoxious). Jessica hails from Tucson, Arizona, where she was educated by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart and the Carmelites. Jesuits were responsible for her higher education, and after her two years working with the Holy Cross religious at Andre House, she hopes to return to the Jesuits for graduate school. Jessica loves cooking and Latin dancing. Two of her proudest accomplishments to date are learning how to complete a Rubik’s Cube and how to do a fishtail braid.
Cooper, the weenie warrior, is the current coordinator of the Wednesday soup line, often referred to as Wildlife Wednesdays. A native of the Phoenix valley, Cooper has spent his life in the Grand Canyon state, graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to Andre House, he served as a full time volunteer at his alma mater, Brophy College Prep, and plans to continue on to medical school. In his free time, Cooper enjoys the outdoors, reading, and volleyball.
Lindsey Myers coordinates the infamous Tuesday soup line, where you will most likely find her doing ‘the spaghetti dance.’ After spending a year in Phoenix with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working in case management at Central Arizona Shelter Services, Lindsey chose to continue her stint in the valley at the Andre House. Upon graduating from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Theology and Philosophy, Lindsey found her spirituality deeply rooted in service. Lindsey has a deep appreciation for coffee, cheese, and more recently– the musings of Thomas Merton. One of her favorite joys about life at Andre House is the gift of being a part of the guests’ day to day lives.
Just like Texas, Elena does it big and there’s nothing bigger than Monday soup line. Pasta salad, bean salad, green salad, fruit salad. What more could you ask for? Oh that’s right, sweet tea. Elena first came to Andre House as a junior at St. Edward’s University but brings a wealth of experience from her time working at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, trying new restaurants, and remixing recipes. Elena is also known as DJ Lusky and Hot Dish.
Br. Richard Armstrong, C.S.C.
Br. Richard is probably the most familiar face here at André House. He has been here since 1986 and has seen André House change and evolve during his tenure. Br. Richard continues to be a great example of the Holy Cross tradition of service to others and will be coordinating the Monday night meal again this year. A true workhorse, Br. Richard puts in countless hours to make sure that André House runs smoothly.
Fr. Tom Doyle, C.S.C.
Fr. Tom arrived at Andre House in 2013. Prior to Andre House he served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, and for the Alliance for Catholic Education Consulting. He spent 2004-2010 as the Vice President for University Relations at the University of Portland. In 2003, Fr. Tom earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Fr. Tom was ordained as a Holy Cross priest in 1998. Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Tom attended Notre Dame and worked for Deloitte & Touch Consulting in Seattle, WA. Fr. Tom is a native of Colville, Washington, one of five children, proud uncle of 7 nieces and nephews. He’s an avid skier and enjoys logging miles on his bike and hiking the trails of Arizona.