Campus Minister of Retreats
Where did you grow up? Why aren’t you there now?
I grew up in southern New Jersey, and am a product of town sports, Bruce Springsteen, and lots of Wawa. While South Jersey was a great place to call home, I was captivated by New England from a young age, dreaming of city life, fall foliage, and nights at Fenway Park. I still make sure to return to my roots at the Jersey Shore each summer!
What path brought you to BC?
My first path to Boston College led me to graduate work at the School of Theology and Ministry in 2012, discerning an exciting (and unexpected) vocational call to ministry with college students. The path that brought me back to the Heights in 2017 was an exciting opportunity to realize that dream cultivated in graduate school, and serve as a Campus Minister. (Thankfully, I already had some BC swag ready for my return!) My time as a Campus Minister at Boston College continues to offer an abundance of ministry, growth, and collaboration—serving as an advisor with SANet, offering spiritual direction, and studying at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development towards an MA in Mental Health Counseling. I am thrilled to keep learning and further exploring “cura personalis”—the care of the whole person—with the wonderful women of RISE!
What are you most passionate about professionally?
I am deeply committed and curious about the multifaceted needs of college students, with particular emphasis on the care and integration of the whole person. Whether planning a retreat or having a one-on-one conversation, I am eager to support students in all aspects of their college experience, and hungry to create spaces and ask questions that point to the deepest desires of our hearts and the immeasurable love of God. I firmly believe (and would give my TedTalk about) the transformative power of attentive listening, authentic community, and Ignatian spirituality.
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or Sunday afternoon?
You are most likely to find me at a spin class, hosting friends on my porch, or curating Spotify playlists and cheese plates for any occasion. My Sunday afternoons are best spent around Jamaica Pond, taking in the beautiful scenery (and people-watching) with coffee, a journal, or a walk with friends.
Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about?
Music plays a central role in my life and faith, and I have participated in a number of church choirs since college. I also serve as a church cantor, and relish the opportunity to bring music, community, and prayer together. On campus, I’m crazy about supporting the wonderful work of the Women’s Center! What a privilege to be a part of this RISE community, and to serve on the SANet team!
Who is your hero? Why?
I have Boston College to thank for introducing me to one of my closest friends and greatest inspirations! What makes this friend a hero to me is her unwavering commitment to the fullness of life--to learning, growth, relationships, faith and justice, meaning and purpose--always with the lens of hope. Her brilliance, humor, boundless compassion, and perseverance remind me again and again that not all heroes wear capes!
Who is your mentor? How did you connect with them?
At the risk of sounding cliché, I would say one of my most formative mentors was my college campus minister. (Shocking, I know.) He was my first example of faith animated with authenticity and joy. He went out of his way to support my own exploration of faith and service, and helped me navigate the many ups and downs of my college experience, especially discerning a call to college campus ministry (…and one or two break-ups). Most notably, this mentor walked me through the heartbreaking experience of losing a friend to leukemia. In the darkest moments of suffering and grief, he accompanied me in my pain and pointed to the light of grace. I vividly remember thinking, “I don’t know what this job is, but I want to do this forever.”
What’s the most interesting place you’ve visited?
When I first moved to Boston, a dear friend took me to Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. At first mention, I was pretty hesitant about the unusual destination choice. Now, I would HIGHLY recommend a visit and consider Mt. Auburn Cemetery to be one of my favorite places in the city!
What would be impossible for you to give up?
My family and friends, chicken wings, and terrible puns and dad jokes.
What’s one thing you want to accomplish before you die?
Will someone please let me sing the national anthem or throw the first pitch at Fenway Park?!