Where did/do you go to school?: I graduated from Peninsula Catholic High School in 2012 and currently attend Virginia Tech where I major in Multimedia Communication and History.
What do you do in your free time?: I enjoy playing the guitar, singing, listening to music and hanging out with friends! I am also a huge Survivor buff. You know, the show with Jeff Probst where people are stranded on a deserted island and vote each other off? Yeah, I’m a tad obsessed.
What is your favorite vacation destination?: I love going to Orlando, Florida! I am a theme park and roller coaster enthusiast, to the max! Disney World also holds a special place in my heart.
Do you have a spiritual “Aha” Moment and what it is?: This is going to sound so corny, but watching the Passion of the Christ really provided me with a different spiritual perspective. To actually see what Christ went through leading up to and during his passion helped me understand how immense his sacrifice for all of us was.
If you could ask Christ to change one problem in the world, what would it be?: I would ask Christ for an unlimited food source. I think if everyone had something to eat, it would help clear people’s minds and ultimately help them on a spiritual level.
What do you enjoy most about ICC?: I really enjoy the emphasis that the parish puts on service and community. The parishioners are so social and welcoming and ready to serve in any capacity. I find that very inspiring.
Where did/do you go to school?: I graduated from Hampton Roads Academy in 2013 and currently attend Roanoke College.
What do you do in your free time?: I like to hike, program, watch/review movies, listen to and play music, and do community service
What is your favorite vacation destination?: I like Marin Co, California; nothing like the cool fog and beautiful views to soothe the soul.
Do you have a spiritual “Aha” Moment and what it is?: I believe this happened when I was in Latin Class. We were translating the Vulgate and I finally realized how much God really had an impact on my life.
If you could ask Christ to change one problem in the world, what would it be?: I would ask him to improve the communication between social classes. I think that many problems within nations could be solved if there was clear communication.
What do you enjoy most about ICC?: I really love the community that ICC has to offer. With communities like ICC, I always feel at home.
Where did/do you go to school?: In May 2014, I graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in psychology. Right now, I’m still at CNU finishing up my Master’s in elementary education. I’ll be graduating in December.
What do you do in your free time?: Music has been a life-long love of mine, and I find a lot of joy in making it, on my own as well as with friends. I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen, primarily if I’m baking something to share. 🙂
What is your favorite vacation destination?: Out of every place I’ve visited (and there have been many), my favorite was Bruges, Belgium. I was able to watch store owners crafting their own lace by hand and visit some really cool places, including a chocolate museum and the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which was simply beautiful.
What is your spiritual “aha” moment?: I’ve had quite a few spiritual “aha” moments, so to speak, but there is one in particular that I think got me really moving on the right track.Throughout high school, I was “Catholic.” I went to Mass on Sundays and went through all the motions. I said my routine of prayers every time I ate and every night, often hurrying so I could go to sleep sooner. It wasn’t that I didn’t love God, I just had no idea how to live out my faith and thought I didn’t need faith formation seeing as I was confirmed already. After years of watching from the sidelines, I finally went on my first retreat as a freshman in college. There was a moment on that retreat while laying under the stars that I realized that I was truly limiting myself and that God was working in amazing ways in my life. I felt so small under the big sky and so overcome by His love, and it was from that point that I was more open and able to experience my faith. That, of course, led to many more incredible “aha” moments.
If you could ask Christ to change one problem in the world, what would it be?: I’m going to kill several birds with one stone here. I think a lot of the problems we currently face stem from human complacency and self-absorption. People are obsessed with worldly and sinful means of satisfaction, and they’ll agree with anything that they think makes life easier and more pleasurable for themselves with little to no concern for the well-being of others. If I were to ask Christ to alter the self-preoccupied mindsets of the people, though that would compromise the whole moral institution of free will, we would no longer have to worry about issues such as abortion and the like.
What do enjoy most about Immaculate Conception Church?: As a non-parishioner (I go to St. Joan of Arc), I feel welcome every time I involve myself in ICC parish events. The community is so inviting and so clearly excited about and active in practicing their faith. Glorifying the Lord with this community is definitely a treat. 🙂
Where did/do you go to school?: I graduated from Christopher Newport University with my BA in History in 2014 and with my MAT in Elementary Education in 2015. Go Captains!
What do you do in your free time?: Music is my passion! I may often be found jamming with my guitar, Harper, in my apartment, at a coffeeshop, or at mass. When not playing or listening to music, I may be found watching HGTV to my heart’s content.
What is your favorite vacation destination?: I’m the odd duck who enjoys a little bit of cooler weather and a bit of light rain… Take me to Seattle or London and I am one happy camper!
Do you have a spiritual “Aha” Moment and what is it?: That would have to be the first time I really encountered and experienced the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist at an Adoration in high school… I don’t recall anything extremely “profound,” but rather just feeling at total peace as I knelt in the church for 2 hours surrounded by hundreds of other teens.
If you could ask Christ to change one problem in the world, what would it be?: It hurts me to see those who are struggling in the world, who don’t have enough to eat or can’t provide for their families and are struggling to find hope. I would ask the Lord for a greater realization of those beautiful virtues of faith, hope, and love.
Faith: that people may believe that Christ is there for them and has a wonderful plan.
Hope: that His children may never be discouraged when things get rough.
Love: that our world may better care for our brothers and sisters, regardless of status, regardless of circumstance.
What do you enjoy most about Immaculate Conception Church?: To me, Christ is easily seen and known in His Church and through community. ICC is one of those welcoming communities where where I can see the Spirit working and moving.