5 Takeaways from SEEK21

Published Feb 11, 2021 in Current Events, Faith & Family, Global Catholicism, Religious Life, Sacraments ~ Approx 4 mins

Every other year, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) hosts its SEEK conference that draws thousands of young Catholics together to encounter Christ and share the Gospel. As a virtual event this year, SEEK21 was actually the largest it’s ever been, with 27,000 participants from 20 countries on 6 continents. Check out our 5 key takeaways.

What 7th Graders Taught Me About Prayer

Published Dec 16, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

I might be exhausted from the pandemic, or frustrated that I can’t control a math class, or anxious about the election, but that all pales in comparison to everyone I’m praying for. What my students have taught me, though, is that behind this faux-humility is my false belief that I can probably resolve my exhaustion or frustration or anxiety by myself. My students have taught me so much about prayer. Read and reflect with me about wisdom that can arise from seventh graders.

How God and Grace Will Find Me this Holiday Season

Published Dec 9, 2020 in Advent, Blogs, Christmas, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

Perhaps, like me, you are discerning how you should spend your holidays? You are praying and asking God to show you how to be present to your loved ones and still keep them safe. As I pray with all my anger, frustration, loneliness, and hunger for loved ones this holiday season, I am reminded that God often provides for us in ways we don’t expect or even necessarily want. 

Women’s and Gender Studies is Integral to My Vocation

Published Nov 18, 2020 in Blogs, Gender, Religious Life, Sexuality, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

When the women’s and gender department first caught my eye, it was not just a passing, “Oh, look at that.” It was something more. It was the feeling that my mind and heart were on fire. Excited. Hopeful. Joyful. Captivated. Stirred. It felt like confirmation of what I already identified as: a feminist. The experience was what, in Jesuit lingo, we would call “consolation.” The Spirit was moving me. As I continue my studies, I continue to feel God calling me here. Read how all this has unfolded for me and my vocation, and maybe it might illuminate something in yours.