Amanda Castonguay '08

Directly after graduation I spent three months in Arizona working for a house of hospitality for pregnant women called Maggie's Place. The home I lived in was the Michael House and it was fantastic! I definitely used some of my Theology knowledge there in addition to what I learned through my Sociology classes. I loved every minute!! My time with Maggie's Place changed my path from straight social work to a desire to be in ministry.

After spending a year in an MSW program, I transferred to Saint John's University and I am currently working on a Masters in Pastoral Ministry. This program is amazing! I like that my time at St. Joe's gave me Theology experience so that I have an easier time connecting to the pastoral classes as well as the other Theology classes.

Along with being a full-time student, I am working in Campus Ministry for both St. John's University and the College of Saint Benedict. My position here is as the Director of Social Justice. In this role, I lead a team of eight students in planning social justice events that include community work, advocacy events and prayer vigils. I also coordinate a team of twelve student leaders who organize teams of students for weekly service events in twelve different area programs.

I started at St. Joe's as a Theology major because I wanted to learn more about God and the Church. I swayed to sociology for a time because I wanted to learn more about people. Both programs led me to where I am now connecting the two, so that my theological education informs my pastoral practice.