The aki

Meet the Team.

Fr. Franz-Xaver Hiestand SJ

Fr. Franz-Xaver Hiestand SJ

Jesuit, student chaplain, guidance conselor, spiritual director

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Christian Schenker

Christian Schenker

Theologian, guidance counselor, spiritual director

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Rachel Philipona

Rachel Philipona

Operations Management

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Heike Schäfer

Heike Schäfer

Special Projects Coordinator

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Sebastián Guerrero Soriano

Sebastián Guerrero Soriano

Special Projects Coordinator

Léa Torche

Léa Torche

Student Assistant

Nina Egli

Nina Egli

Student Assistant

Merih Zerezgi

Merih Zerezgi

Facility Management

Vera Tamfal

Vera Tamfal

Administrative Assistant

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Anna Quaresima

Anna Quaresima

Facility Management

Gino Scalone

Gino Scalone

Facility Management

About aki

The aki is the official Catholic Student Chaplaincy in Zurich. We understand the word “Catholic” in our name to mean that we welcome students from all around the world, of all faiths and none, who are looking for meaningful encounters and exchange with other students, for the opportunity to share their experiences, questions, joys, doubts and challenges with others in an environment of sympathy and trust. Our house and park are open to all students for study, relaxation and socializing. As a student community we regularly organize a wide variety of events.

The abbreviation “aki” stands short for “Akademikerhaus”, which was the name given to this chaplaincy when it was first instituted in 1918. Since its inception this chaplaincy and student community is characterized by the following four points:

Conversation

At our events we engage in conversations with each other and with a wide variety of experts, local and international, about pressing issues in society, culture, science and religion, as well as about our very own personal questions. We also organize concerts and other artful and creative gatherings to practice the universal language of beauty in its varied forms.

Companioning

Our student counselors are available for confidential one-to-one conversations should you wish to speak to someone about any challenges you might be facing or questions you might have. We also offer so-called “spiritual accompaniment” for all those, who seek to deepen their personal spirituality. In addition, small groups can be an enriching way of experiencing meaningful fellowship.

Contemplation

The aki serves as an oasis in the midst of busy student life. It is a place of silence, faith and prayer to cultivate your own spirituality and relationship with God, alone or together with others. Our inhouse chapel is open during most of the day for individual meditation or prayer. Regular masses (Mo-Thu 12-12:30; Thu 18:00), guided meditations and other forms of devotion and celebration are held here.

Compassion

We are here to share our passion with others (lat. “com-pati”) and to be with those, who experience any kind of hardship. Employing our talents and resources, we strive to serve all of humankind and to protect the earth, our common home. In doing so, we work together with all people who share the same goals. If you are interested in getting involved, do not hesitate to contact us.

The aki House and Garden

Inside the aki you will find a quiet study room, a chapel, comfortable lounges, a cafeteria equipped with a coffee machine and a soda machine, a variety of newspapers and magazines, and larger and and smaller meeting rooms.

The park behind our house and just below ETH Zentrum also belongs to the aki. With its tables and chairs nestled between trees, bushes, and flowers, and with the beautiful view it offers over the city, it serves as a popular recluse among students, who are welcome to eat their lunch here, study, or just hang out and chat. Please be considered when smoking and refrain from consuming intoxicating substances.

Some rooms, such as the study room and the chapel, are free to use for students. We kindly ask you to observe any special announcements and rules that might occasionally be communicated on location and/or online. The meeting rooms can be rented by students (free of charge) and by non-profit organisations for non-commercial events such as training courses and meetings (prices listed in the guidelines below). As of now, the guidelines document is only available in German.

Kindly direct all questions and requests regarding room reservation via e-mail to the secretariat. We hope you will feel at home in our rooms and we look forward to seeing you.