M.Div Jesuit School of Theology
Elaina Jo LeGault currently teaches the freshmen Foundations of Religious Studies course and Hebrew and Christian Scripture for sophomores where she uses her passion for queer and feminist biblical criticism to inspire a new generation of Mercy theologians and prophets. Elaina got a B.A. in Religious Studies at Loyola University Chicago. While there Elaina was a member of the Ricci Scholars Program, which allowed her to do a year of research in Rome, Italy, and Beijing, China. While in the program Elaina researched the functionality of sacred space in modern society, specifically Catholic churches in Rome and Buddhist temples in Beijing. At the end of her time at Loyola University, Elaina worked as the University's first interfaith intern and had the privilege of meeting the Dalai Lama when he came to Loyola to speak on interfaith dialogue.
After graduating from college she worked as a Jesuit Volunteer with the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Tribes of Eastern Montana. Elaina completed her graduate studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley where she received a Masters of Divinity. She was the recipient of the Jesuit School of Theology Presidential Scholarship and the Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship for Women.
During her graduate studies, she worked at the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Elaina has worked with had writing published by Women's Ordination Conference, New Ways Ministry, and Future Church. Elaina also regularly preaches and presides at Dignity SF services in San Francisco.
When Elaina isn't working on lesson plans or homilies you can usually find her at the beach or an aquarium learning about whales and cephalopods.