UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME

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Echo 11 & 12 Salt Lake City

Tom Tulp

Echo Class:
Echo 11 Theology Teacher

School & Diocesan Placement:
St. Joseph Catholic High School
Diocese of Salt Lake City

Hometown:
Rutherford, New Jersey

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
Marquette University, 2014
History, Theology

What attracted you to Echo and helped you decide to join the program?
As I applied to Echo I was applying to a number of different graduate programs in theology.  I was hoping for an academic program that gave me a focus on the study of theology and in particular the Church Fathers.  I applied to Echo to see if it would be a good fit, knowing that it was not solely an academic program but included service.  I went to interview weekend and realized that I was called to begin serving the community.  I began to appreciate my call to learn and apply theology to the world.  It is not only something that is hypothetical or intellectual, but it engages the world around it.  Echo has let me begin that encounter with the world.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned in Echo?
The most significant thing I have learned in Echo is how to question and engage my faith more fully.  It is amazing how much you must learn to articulate about the faith when you have to teach it to students that are continually questioning you.

What do you hope to do after Echo?
I don’t yet know what I hope to do after Echo.  I have been thinking about continuing school, but the high school students have been so fun to work with.

What advice would you give to Echo applicants?
Allow God to enter into your decision process.  He will guide you to or away from Echo.  Be yourself and let the process of applying and interviewing unfold for you.

Rob Goodale

Echo Class:
Echo 11 Theology Teacher

School & Diocesan Placement:
Juan Diego Catholic High School
Diocese of Salt Lake City

Hometown:
Indianola, Iowa

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
University of Notre Dame, 2013
Theology

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
I like to joke with my students that Notre Dame, Twitter, C.S. Lewis and Dave Matthews Band are really the only things you need to know about me.  When it comes to staying active, I enjoy long bike rides, pick-up games of basketball, and tossing the frisbee on the quads on campus in the summer.  I also enjoy cooking and painting!

What kinds of things are you up to in your Echo school?
I’m teaching three sections each of sophomores and juniors at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah.  The sophomores are learning about the Paschal Mystery and the Church, and the junior classes are studying Sacraments and morality.  I’m also pitching in on a few retreats here and there, which is great–retreats have been a passion of mine for years.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned in Echo?
Even in the few short months that I’ve been part of the Echo family, I feel like my perspective on the Church, the world, and my place in each of them has already begun to change profoundly.  I remember an Echo dinner in the spring, when Dr. Cavadini said that as Echo apprentices and theology teachers, our job is to be “translators”–to be fluent not only in the language and culture of the Church, but in the language and the culture of the world, in order to communicate the Truth to a world that seems to have forgotten what Truth is.  This has provided a lot of clarity for the vocational mission that I am carrying out in my high school.

What do you hope to do after Echo?
I am fascinated with the philosophy of Catholic education, and feel called to work in that world.  That could take shape in a high school or a college environment, and in a teaching, ministerial or administrative role.

Jenny Klejeski

Echo Class:
Echo 11 Theology Teacher

School & Diocesan Placement:
Juan Diego Catholic High School
Diocese of Salt Lake City

Hometown:
Oak Grove, Minnesota

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
University of Notre Dame, 2014
English, Theology

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
I enjoy playing the ukulele, fiction-writing, and drinking tea.  I’ve also enjoyed experiencing the local farmers’ market and recently went on my first mountain hike!

What have you enjoyed most about your Echo experience thus far?
Living in community has been an incredible blessing.  We have a built-in support system with each other and can laugh together, commiserate with each other, brainstorm together, and pray.  Living with two other people who are doing the same thing as me has made the transition to teaching a great joy.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned in Echo?
One of the most significant things I’ve learned in Echo so far is the beautiful diversity of Catholic life outside the Midwest.  The Diocese of Salt Lake City is unlike any diocese I’ve lived in; the intentionality and hospitality of this small diocese is inspiring and beautiful.  I’m learning firsthand what it means to be a Catholic in a place where Catholicism is a minority religion: that it involves ecumenism, deliberateness, and a firm grasp of the Faith.

What advice would you give to Echo applicants?
Be open!  When I applied for Echo, I never would have imagined that I’d be teaching high school students in Utah, or that I would have been living with two guys.  In fact, if I had known that, I may not have applied.  But all of those things have proven to be a huge blessing and I couldn’t be more grateful that God led me to this place.

Michele Gelaude

Echo Class:
Echo 12 Theology Teacher

School & Diocesan Placement:
Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Diocese of Salt Lake City

Hometown:
DeWitt, Iowa

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
Loras College, 2010
Integrated Visual Arts and Public Relations

What attracted you to Echo and helped you decide to join the program?
Before Echo, I worked in high school campus ministry for five years. I initially was searching for a quality Masters of Theology program. Echo attracted me with its Masters degree, teaching experience, and community living.

What have you enjoyed most about your Echo experience thus far?
I am greatly appreciative of the ND theology courses in the summer. As I teach, I am even more grateful for my quality professors and education. Now in Salt Lake City, I most enjoy my community. They are a blessing every day.

What kinds of things are you up to in your Echo school?
I teach four sections of freshman theology, based on Scripture and Christ. I also teach and facilitate peer ministry at my high school. Through the course, I am forming senior ministers for our school, inspired by the approach of Coworkers in the Vineyard. As a service to the school our peer ministers lead roles in Mass and plan and lead grade-level retreats.

What advice would you give to Echo applicants?
As a non-traditional Echo member, I encourage a variety of people to consider Echo. Though I worked in ministry for several years, Notre Dame and Echo have taught me so much. If you are several years out of school and hope to work for the Church, Echo is a great and formative program.

Paul Kuczynski

Echo Class:
Echo 12 Theology Teacher

School & Diocesan Placement:
Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Diocese of Salt Lake City

Hometown:
Bay City, Michigan

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
University of Notre Dame, 2015
English
Philosophy (minor)

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
When I’m not prepping lessons, I love sitting with a mug of tea and reading for fun. Sometimes, when I’m really inspired, I take out my yoga mat or even go for a short run.  I’ve also taken to exploring the city or going hiking in the mountains with my community members.

What is your favorite quote, song, or image?
One of my favorite quotes comes from the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” It’s currently my phone background!

What kinds of things are you up to in your Echo school?
Currently, I’m teaching 4 sections of sophomores and 2 sections of seniors. With my sophomores, we’re studying the Paschal Mystery, from its roots in Genesis to the Gospels, and with my seniors, we’re learning about social justice and how to apply Catholic social teaching to real injustices happening locally and around the world.

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned in Echo?
Besides a whole lot of fancy theological vocabulary, I think the biggest thing the Echo experience has taught me is how to be open – in every sense of the word. Moving across the country to live in an intentional community and begin a challenging career has a unique way of forming you, but I’ve learned that you have to be open to that formation. Whenever there is an unexpected challenge or bump in the road (and there have been a few!), learning how to remain open to growth has been a beautiful, if sometimes painful, lesson of vulnerability and patience for me.