Mary Mallahan Hicken, MSW

Admissions Manager


Mary is the Admission Manager at ChI. She brings a holistic, cross-cultural approach to ministry which is born out of growing up as one of nine children and a wife and mother of four sons; living with her family in a barrio slum in Caracas, Venezuela working with youth; being part of a team with Zapotec and Mixe healers in Oaxaca, Mexico promoting holistic health and recovery of plant medicine with indigenous women; counseling low-income children, families and victims of crime in the Bay Area and teaching/supervising Master of Divinity students at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Mary received a Master of Social Work degree from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University. She has also done graduate studies in Cross-Cultural Counseling at Columbia University and Theology/Justice at Maryknoll School of Theology. Her most profound source of wisdom and knowledge has come from economically poor people and their lands in Latin America, East Africa, Asia and the US. As the Admissions Manager at ChI, Mary actively supports prospective students in their discernment process as they follow their spiritual and vocational path.

email: mary(at)

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