Luca Badetti, PhD
I promote personal and social growth through inclusive community belonging.
Welcome to all!
I teach at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center, where I also support students' community engagement through program coordination.
I believe individual formation and social transformation happen as people encounter themselves and others, creating community with those at the margins.
I have an interdisciplinary background in clinical psychology, theology, and disability studies, and held leadership and consulting roles in inclusive shared life communities.
Here you can find more about my academic, community, clinical, and research experience, and the vision that animates my work.
"This beautiful book is about becoming who we are . . ."
James Martin, SJ
"[Badetti] has given us a psychological and spiritual gift . . ."
". . . a wonderful book . . ."
"The relevant insights and inclusive stories . . .
can help us believe and grow in our humanity . . ."
Helen Prejean, SCJ
Growing in trust of self and others,
through acceptance, community, and transformation.
Finding life and direction, individually and socially, during times of disorientation and loss.
". . . significant and deeply grounded book . . ."
". . . a clear-eyed pathway through the night-moments that we all encounter."
"With keen . . . insight, Badetti's helpful book calmly reassures of the life-giving hope we can discover . . ."
"The delightful result is an unflappable hope!"
PhD in Disability Studies
MS in Clinical Psychology
BA in Theology; Communication Arts. Minors: Mental Health and Human Services; Philosophy
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellow
Fellow in Psychoanalysis
Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center
Loyola University Chicago (Institute of Pastoral Studies)
- DePaul University (Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies)
- University of Roehampton London (Catherine of Siena College)
- University of Illinois at Chicago (Dept. of Disability and Human Development)
Adler University (Public Policy/Human Rights Advocacy)
Theology of Disability (created + taught)
Disability Studies: An Introduction (created + taught)
Introduction to Christian Ethics
Church and Global Cultures
Foundations of Pastoral Care
Research Methods for the Pastoral Counselor
Seminar on Multiculturalism in the U.S.
Human Rights - The View from Rome
Human Rights: Policies and Outcomes
Guest lectures or presentations at:
University of Malta (visiting lecturer)
The American University of Rome
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose Siracusa San Metodio
Università Pontificia Salesiana
King's University College
The University of Chicago
Coordination role at:
Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center (Service Learning and First Year Experience Coordinator)
L'Arche Chicago (Director of Community Life; Community Coordinator; Assistant)
L'Arche Greater Washington DC (Assistant)
L'Arche Irenicon (Assistant)
Lived and volunteered at:
L'Arche Il Chicco (Italy)
L'Arche Trosly (France)
Co-founded and co-chaired:
L'Arche USA Inclusion Team
Provided Consultancy to:
The Lay Centre (Community Life and Communications Consultor)
Clinical Experience at:
UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics (Clinical intern: Therapist and social skills group co-leader)
I Believe in You (book, New City Press)
Hope in Darkness. Leaving Night (book, Paulist Press)
"Community" (encyclopedia entry in Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies and Controversies, ABC-CLIO)
"Approaching Disability: Pastoral History and Practice Analyzed Through the Models of the Church" in Concilium (EN, IT, ES, DE, PT)
Living out participation. Growing in confidence and belonging (Catechetica ed Educazione journal)
Self and community. The importance of interdependence and its shadow side (Journal of Disability & Religion)
Conducted research for:
UIC Institute on Disability and Human Development
Special Olympics International
The Autism Program
Support Service Teams
Aging and Disability Research Centers
(see CV for full list)
"The paths one ventures through their days and nights might bring them to destinations predicted and unpredicted.
Finding or having a place where they know that they belong—experiencing being valued and the perception of at-homeness—
can provide a fluid stability that allows one to feel
both grounded and free."
Luca Badetti from "Hope in Darkness. Leaving Night", p. 80, Paulist Press, 2023
VISION & ACTION
We grow, as individuals and as a society, through encounter and community.
The human person has important needs and aspirations that are to be understood and respected. Helping people encounter self and others beyond divisions has been at the core of my teaching, writing, community leadership, and clinical experience.
Individual and communal flourishing is multi-layered and needs holistic supports.
Discoveries from thinkers through time, alongside developments in psychology and theology, can provide great insight into what helps people thrive. Through my interdisciplinary formation, I encourage others to find what helps them flourish.
Community is a place where people can feel that they belong just as they are.
In community we discover our interdependence: we need one another. I have grown in this understanding by living with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds, with and without intellectual disabilities, in international inclusive communities.
Creating inclusive community is a journey of awareness, advocacy, and care.
Community is a sign of beauty and justice. At its core, it should listen to the needs of people excluded because they are considered "different", recognizing the social dynamics that oppress them and becoming a sign of empowerment. Through service learning coordination, I encourage learning through community engagement, advocacy, and care.
Page credits: Video on theology of inclusion is from Ewtn News in Depth report aired on 6/10/22. In "Vision & Action" section: 2nd video is a selection of "Self and community. The importance of interdependence and its shadow side," 2016 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability (Collaborative on Faith and Disability), Western Theological Seminary, Hope College; 3rd video is a selection of "Liberating disability. It speaks about us all" (Peace Studies Lecture Series AUR, 2019).