Fr. Bradley Zamora
Bradley A. Zamora is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and since July 1, 2021 serves as the Catholic Chaplain at Northwestern University and Director of the Sheil Catholic Center.
Until his appointment to Sheil Fr. Bradley served as the Director of Worship and Chair of and Instructor in the Department of Liturgy and Music at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, where he also served as the Director of International Students beginning in 2015. Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 17, 2014 he served for three years as the Associate Pastor and the Director of Liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral while simultaneously, for two years, also serving at the seminary. Fr. Bradley is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and serves on the leadership team for the Advocacy and Affiliation Forum. He is also a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the Archdiocese of Chicago Steering Committee on Youth and Young Adult Ministry. In addition, Fr. Bradley is also on the national speaking team for CATECHUMENEON (catechumeneon.com) and has a preaching ministry with a fellow priest—Arise Preaching (arisepreaching.com). Fr. Bradley served as Director of Worship and Music at Faith Hub Chicago where he continues to assist as regular presider.
While on the seminary faculty Fr. Bradley remained active in parish life by assisting regularly at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Gurnee, St. Francis de Sales, Lake Zurich, St. Bonaventure Oratory, Lincoln Park, and St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Bridgeport.
Fr. Bradley is the author of “Praying the Liturgy in the Face of Violence” Pastoral Liturgy, “The Transformative Power of the Rites” Catechumeneon Quarterly and a contributor to the “Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays” Liturgical Training Publications.
Other important things you need to know about him is that he has a real love of liturgy and music but also a love of tacos and really any sort of Mexican food because well he is Mexican and his family (he has 3 brothers, 1 sister, 3 amazing nieces, and 1 awesome nephew) makes the best food. His parents, Marty and Dawn, still reside in Pilsen where Fr. Bradley grew up.
Fr. Bradley is a “lifer” having gone through formation in the seminary system of the Archdiocese of Chicago—Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, St. Joseph College Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. Fr. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) and Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He is also currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus in pastoral leadership.