When did you begin your studies?
What influenced you to begin studying for a master’s degree in theology?
I had been contemplating it for a while, but the requirement for my job spurred me into action.
What else are you doing besides working toward a master’s degree (work, family, volunteer work)?
I teach theology full-time at a Catholic high school and lend a hand with my family, the community, or wherever I’m needed.
Favorite saint and why?
This fluctuates depending on life’s circumstances, but lately I’ve been building a relationship with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. (Or she’s been building one with me!)
Favorite Scripture verse and why?
My favorite Scripture verse is John 21:10: “Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you just caught.’” Jesus is appearing to the Apostles after the Resurrection for the third time. He miraculously gives them fish, as when He first called them, and asks that they join their fish to his in their meal. Any time life gets complicated or monotonous, I think back to this passage, which speaks volumes. The whole passage, but particularly that verse, reminds me of the humility of God, how much He loves us, and what kind of relationship and communion He calls us to every day.
When I’m not at work, I like to work around the house, play sports with my brother, or read.
What aspect of your coursework has been most rewarding?
The most rewarding aspect of the coursework is the way it carries with you. I feel I am able to see the world and those around me in a better, fuller way.
What aspect of your coursework has been most challenging?
The most challenging aspect has definitely been balancing my coursework with teaching and family.
What plans, if any, do you have after you receive your degree?
Use it however God wants.