The Rule of Benedict instructs to “let all guests who arrive be received as Christ.” That powerful message of hospitality is what drew me to Campus Ministry work and is the cornerstone of the Campus Ministry department at Saint Martin’s University. Every student at Saint Martin’s on any faith journey and at any step of the way is very welcome in Campus Ministry.
I am a Tacoma native who completed my undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Portland, where I enjoyed musical theatre, being an RA, and studying abroad for a year. I wrote my Honor’s thesis on women’s vocation as seen through the stories of former Benedictine nuns – with no inkling that I would work at a Benedictine university someday. I then spent a year in a Catholic post-graduate service program, where I lived in community with other volunteers in affiliation with a community of priests and brothers in Wilkes-Barre, PA. That’s where I discerned a calling to work in Campus Ministry, so I continued on to Yale University to receive my Master of Divinity degree. After graduate school, I moved to St. Louis, where I was the campus minister for a residence hall of 900 students at Saint Louis University as well as an adjunct Theology instructor. Finally, I spent two years as the Assistant Director of a Catholic retreat center in St. Louis before moving back to my beloved Tacoma.
You can find me in Old Main 316, where everyone is welcome to stop in for a drink, to rest, or to find a listening ear in our Campus Ministry team.