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I grew up in northern Michigan, Chicago, and South Bend, the last of which has been my home for many years. I attended Notre Dame for my undergraduate degree in liberal studies (a Catholic great books program) and theology. During college, I lived in Pasquerilla West Hall (Go Weasels!), sang in the Notre Dame Folk Choir, and spent a year studying in Maynooth, Ireland. After graduation, I served for two years as a lay volunteer in the Holy Cross Associates program in Chile. As an Associate, I lived in an intentional faith community, worked in a variety of parish ministries, and shared music and the art of “sobremesa” with our Chilean neighbors.
When I returned from Chile, I taught ENL at Harrison Elementary School in South Bend before entering the Master of Divinity program at Notre Dame. As a graduate student, I served as an Assistant Rector in Pasquerilla East Hall (Go Pyros!), led theology and service seminars to Oaxaca, Mexico, and directed music, liturgy, and retreats. I graduated from the M.Div. in 2004, just as “Echo 1” began their trailblazing first summer. I served the program as Coordinator of Formation Activities for four years and as Associate Director for three years, before becoming Director of Echo in July 2011. It has been and continues to be a great privilege and a lot of fun to work with Echo participants, diocesan partners around the country, and colleagues from the Institute for Church Life, and the University.
In my free time, I enjoy live music and latin dance, poetry and the arts, systematic theology and mysticism, tailgating and Notre Dame and Bears football, and spending time with my nieces and the motley communion of saints we are blessed to call our family and friends.
Thanks for your interest in learning more about Echo!