Mr. Rawls joins Naz’s joyful community

Anna Watson and Grace Broderick

Michael Rawls grew up in the western suburbs and that draw back to his roots was part of the appeal of his decision to join the faculty at Nazareth. It was more than just geography for Rawls, though, the position within the theology and campus ministry departments allowed him to continue his work in a Catholic school environment, having previously worked at Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights.

Rawls says that one thing that was very appealing to him about Nazareth was the value system shown through the four pillars of Scholarship, Service, Spirit, and Unity. He appreciates the school’s mission that is dedicated to living Jesus’ mission of unity and committed to educating the whole person.

After a couple of months on the job, Rawls says he is happy to be part of a joyful community. He says that it is refreshing to experience an environment of togetherness after a couple of rough years working through the COVID pandemic.

Rawls is looking forward to becoming more connected with the Nazareth community through retreats and other faith-based activities. But, more casually, he really values when students, faculty and staff just stop by the campus ministry office to say hello. 

Through teaching Old Testament and New Testament and as Assistant Campus Minister, Rawls has already developed relationships with his students, fellow theology teachers and Campus Minister Janet Rausch. He hopes to deepen those relationships this school year as he works towards achieving his goals in all of his roles.

Rawls added a new role at home this year, too: the important role of father. He and his wife welcomed a daughter this fall. Along with spending time with the baby, Rawls loves to spend time with extended family and friends, especially while watching his alma mater Notre Dame play football.