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Grace Walle

Law Chaplain


Contact Information


  • D.M., McCormick Theological Seminary, 1997
  • M.P.M., Boston College, 1990
  • B.A., St. Mary’s University, 1978


A Marianist Sister, Walle provides personal and spiritual counseling, and offers assistance to law students and their families whenever the need arises.

She offers a number of programs designed to assist men and women in their transition through law school. She also sponsors Law Partners, a support network for the spouses of law students.

Walle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1951. In 1972, she entered the Marianist Sisters in San Antonio in 1972.

While her background was in education, she became involved in directing retreats at the Marianist Sisters Retreat House, which was later bought by St. Mary’s University to house The St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice. She ministered for two years at St. John Neumann parish in San Antonio. She began working in University Ministry at St. Mary’s University in 1982. Her responsibilities included retreat ministry and leadership development.

As campus minister for the School of Law, Walle has developed a nationally recognized program. She has been described as having her own “world wide web” based on the years of working with law students and the legal community. One student described her as “searching through her Rolodex to provide just the right connection for a career connection or linking law students to community service projects.”

Honors and Awards

  • Marianist Heritage Award 2014
  • Alice Franzke Feminist Award 2013
  • Hispanic Law Alumni Award 2012
  • CCMA Dean Cantu/President Cotrell National Outstanding University Administrator Award
  • Yellow Rose of Texas Educating for a Lifetime Award 2010
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation Peacemaker’s Award 2011
  • CCMA National Educating for Justice Award 2006
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Liberty Bell Award 2005-2006
  • Mexican American Bar Association Award 2003
  • St Mary’s Law School St. Thomas More Award 2002
  • St Mary’s University Santa Maria Justice Award presented by Center for Legal and Social Justice 2001
  • Catholic Campus Ministry Association National Campus Minister Award (CCMA) 2000
  • Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry offers

  • Catholic services each day, including Sundays, in a chapel on campus
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Opportunities to gather as a community for prayer, retreats and Mass
  • Programs to provide service to needy in San Antonio