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Echo 12 Camden

Molly White

Echo Class:
Echo 12 Parish Apprentice

Parish & Diocesan Placement:
Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church
Diocese of Camden

Hometown:
Holden, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
Saint Anselm College, 2015
Theology
English (minor)

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
I love a quiet coffee shop and a good book for hours, but I love spending time exploring the area with my community just as much!

What kinds of things are you up to in your Echo parish?
My first week at the parish I was a teacher in the Religious Ed summer program and had a group of energetic first graders! After the session ended I settled into the office and have been working on parish events like movie nights, faith sharing groups, and programs focusing on social justice.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned in Echo?
It’s hard to pin down just one important thing I’ve learned in my time with Echo. To encompass a lot of what I’ve experienced, I would say that all of Echo is exactly what you make of it. Echo provides opportunities for personal, academic, spiritual, and professional growth but it is up to every student to make the most out of all the opportunities. This looks different for every person in the program so the best thing you can do is trust in your capabilities and not be afraid to push yourself knowing that the entire Echo community is always there to support you.

What do you hope to do after Echo?
That’s a great question! I’m not sure what I’ll be doing after Echo but I would love to be doing something that focuses on social justice, perhaps in a campus ministry office.

Liz Canney

Echo Class:
Echo 12 Parish Apprentice

Parish & Diocesan Placement:
Mary, Mother of Mercy Catholic Church
Diocese of Camden

Hometown:
Charlton, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
St. John’s University, 2015
Theology
Philosophy, Social Justice (minors)

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
Outside of ministry, I love going into cities and walking around! I love the beach. I love cooking, eating, traveling, and playing ultimate pool. I love learning about the saints and holy people! I love music, laughing, and dancing. I love a lot of things.

What attracted you to Echo and helped you decide to join the program?
I loved that Echo combined parish leadership with academics. It was awesome to find a program that was so inclusive of developing myself as a whole person. Allowing God to be part of my Echo discernment was definitely key to making sure it was the right choice in my life at this time!

What kinds of things are you up to in your Echo parish?
I’ll be teaching some religious education courses this year and helping out with youth ministry! I am able to help at Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and all of the awesome formation programs that Mary, Mother of Mercy has for the parishioners!

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned in Echo?
I think the most significant thing I’ve learned in Echo is it’s totally okay to be myself, to advocate for myself, and to live intentionally.

Holly O'Hara

Echo Class:
Echo 12 Parish Apprentice

Parish & Diocesan Placement:
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Diocese of Camden

Hometown:
Turnersville, New Jersey

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
University of Notre Dame, 2015
Graphic Design, Theology

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
Pretty much anything creative that can keep me busy! When I’m not at work, you’ll probably find me with a sketchbook, colored pencils, and something promising on Netflix, or at my sewing machine working on one of many in-progress projects. I’m also learning to love cooking with the guidance of my community, and I have made one or two not-so-bad dishes!

What is your favorite quote, song, or image?
“We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”
― C.S. Lewis

What attracted you to Echo and helped you decide to join the program?
In my time of discernment, I would periodically take time to read through what the Echo program was, asking myself if it was a good fit. I came to realize that Echo offered me the whole package of what I was looking for in a post-graduate program: education, service to the Church, community life rooted in faith, individual mentors and support persons, and time to learn more about where God is calling in each area of ministering to His Church.

What kinds of things are you up to in your Echo parish?
I’m currently working alongside the Coordinator of Faith Formation and learning that there is an unending list of things going on in a parish! Every week there is something new to work on and someone new to encounter. This year, I am focusing on working with our high school youth ministry group, working as a one-on-one adult catechist, expanding post-confirmation programming, planning family catechetical events, and teaching a 5th grade catechism class!

Megan Heeder

Echo Class:
Echo 12 Theology Teacher

School & Diocesan Placement:
Gloucester Catholic Junior Senior High School
Diocese of Camden

Hometown:
East Lansing, Michigan

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
University of Notre Dame, 2015
Program of Liberal Studies, Theology
Education, Schooling, and Society (minor)

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
I enjoy riding and training horses, specifically in the sport of dressage. I love running and singing, especially when I can join communities of runners or a choir! I also enjoy reading on the beach or curling up with hot tea and a book in the winter.

What attracted you to Echo and helped you decide to join the program?
I loved the all-encompassing formative element of the program. Echo will not only prepare me to teach theology, it will form me as a professional, as a faithful Catholic, as a community member, and in academic theology. It is a true blessing to have the opportunity to be formed so holistically by the Echo program and community!

What do you hope to do after Echo?
I hope that my time in Echo will assist me in discerning whether I will continue teaching or pursue an alternate career or continue in my academic development.

What advice would you give to Echo applicants?
Never be afraid to ask questions of the Echo staff. They are an incredible group of individuals who truly want to assist in your discernment and share all that Echo is with you. In addition, pray deeply and often. This has been the most important component of my post-graduate discernment.