Why did you choose to major in Theology?
version begins when I was in 9th grade and going through a really difficult
time, which was definitely reflected in my faith. I called myself an atheist,
but looking back, I think I was just very angry with God. While my family
wasn't exactly religious, my mom thought youth group would be good for me and
forced me to go. I found some great friends there. I also met one of the
greatest people I've ever met, Mrs. Kibbler. Three of Mrs. Kibbler's five kids
were in the youth group, and she took it upon herself to set up retreat
opportunities for us. She didn't have to - she just voluntarily did it. She set
up a retreat in Maryland at Mount Saint Mary's University, which is where I
first heard this call to be a youth minister (and where I experienced a strong
It took a
little while to realize I was being called, but once I did, I was determined to
go to college to study theology. I think my parents were surprised. They are
definitely my biggest supporters in life, but I think they were a little wary
when I first told them I wanted to be a youth minister. After all, it came
across very randomly to most people. I didn't go to Mass regularly, hated going
to CCD, and didn't even have a Bible in the house. But I knew that God wanted
me to do this, so I went full steam ahead!
What would you like to do with a theology major?
I'm going to
work with youth. Some days I want to work in a parish, other days I want to
work in a Catholic high school, and sometimes I want to open my own Catholic
center for teens. Overall I'm leaving it up to God. Wherever He wants me is
where I want to be.
What do you think about the theology program here at St. Joe's?
Professors are really what makes the program so great! They each have their own
unique teaching style that creates a complete picture. Dr. Steven Bridge is always challenging us to
think like 1st Century Jews, which often leads to me asking questions I've
never thought to ask. Sister Sunderman really brings the spiritual end
of theology into her classes (especially with her YouTube videos!). MaryAnn "Mama" Sheridan is so enthusiastic and is well
known for teaching about topics I might not otherwise ever come across. And
while I've never had Dr. Dan "Papa" Sheridan for class, he was the first
theology professor I met, and is so intelligent, it's a joy to talk to him when
I get the chance.
as a whole really challenges a person. I spend a lot of time thinking about
what I learned after classes, reflecting about the new information and how it
applies to my life. It forces me to ask questions and to think about things I
wouldn't otherwise think about, which is perfect practice for youth ministry.
What activities have you been involved with?
involved in Campus Ministry. I like to call the Campus
Ministry office my second dorm because of all the time I spend in there. My
main job in that office is running the Social Justice Club, SJC2 (Saint
Joseph's College Social Justice Club). While the club has always been around, a
couple of friends and I wanted to really get it off the ground. We set up
regular meetings and made a goal of doing at least one event a month.
We had a
donation drive for Guatemala, so the students that were going there for a
service trip during winter break could bring some stuff down. We ended up
collecting so many items that the students couldn't bring it all with them, and
the rest went to Partners in Development directly.
Earthquake in Haiti, we made it a goal to do fundraising particularly for that.
One event was "Are You Smarter Than A College Student?" We invited 14
professors to come to The Chalet and compete against one another in teams,
answering questions written by students
In April, we
did the 30-Hour Famine. This is a national event that has been going on
for a few years. The idea is to fast for 30 hours and have people sponsor the
student during that time. In total, 20 students participated. The 30 hours we
fasted were spent exploring and raising awareness about poverty around the world.
We raised over $1,000 for Haiti Earthquake relief during this event.
I'm involved in Campus Ministry because that's what I plan to do for the rest
of my life. Besides that, though, it's because of the people there. The staff
are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. They approach each day
with joy and enthusiasm. Whenever I walk in that office, I feel so special
because of them.
I'm also a
member of C.A.B., Interhall, and The Feeney Players (I do the lights for the shows).
The Feeney Players was the first club I was ever a part of here at St. Joe's. I
purposely set out to join it because my two very best friends from back home
are theater majors. I needed to do something with theater in order to keep up
with them! My R.A. and good friend Melinda Blais suggested I do Interhall. I
joined C.A.B. simply because it is a fun thing to be a part of.
Next year, I
will be a Resident Advisor (RA) at St. Joseph's Hall and Interhall President.
won the Unsung Hero Award, which is given to a student who has worked behind
the scenes to improve the quality of life on campus for students.