During my senior year at St. Joe's I took advantage of the opportunity to develop an internship in the Campus Ministry office with the help of my advisor, Sr. Sunderman, and Campus Ministry Director Rebecca Hilton. The experience proved to be extremely fruitful, affording me the opportunity to begin honing my ministerial skills with a number of different projects.
At that time, St. Joe's, Bon Appetit, and the town of Standish were in the final stages of creating Catherine's Cupboard. Having worked with me for my internship and in a variety of other capacities, Rebecca believed in my potential--and knew I needed a summer job after graduation! I was offered the position of coordinator for the inaugural months of the Cupboard's operation until the position was to be permanently filled in the fall.
That summer was a time of great growth, challenge, and blessing for me. I was honored to be serving the community and humbled by the connections I made with the volunteers and guests with whom I spent my time. My role required me to act as community liaison, donations collector, and volunteer coordinator; it allowed me to use my gift of organization and passion for social justice in a way that made a difference.
That fall I returned home to Massachusetts to begin my degree program at the newly formed Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Formerly Weston Jesuit and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, these two schools combined their faculties, resources, and communities in a dynamic new way as I arrived to begin my Masters degree. It has been an exciting time and place to study, truly a blessing in my life. I am preparing to graduate with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, having completed my coursework, year-long contextual education experience (at St. Anthony Shrine in downtown Boston), and synthesis project ("Knitting as a Mode of Prayer and Way of Doing Ministry").
My education at St. Joe's enabled me to launch into these experiences with full confidence and a solid knowledge base. I would not trade my time there for anything, and would recommend pursuing a Theology major to any and everyone. Blessings!