My Win-Win-Win Journey to Loyola

Why grad school at Loyola now when I am 47 years old you may ask?  I have always had a heart for service.  I have had various jobs in my adult life, but none that I would call a career.  My family always came first, I must admit, although that is not very modern of me.  I went to undergrad two times: the first time to University of Dallas (UD) in Irving, TX, obtaining a B.A. in French Literature and the second time to University of Central Florida earning a B.S. in Psychology where I took some Masters level courses and joined a research team.  I found Psychology lacking in spirituality, moreover, I craved and felt called to something faith-based.

After undergrad, I did a year of service where I met my son’s father.  We married and moved to Contra Costa County, CA. Five years later, I moved back to the East Coast.  While there, I married my current husband and we became involved in a large, vibrant Catholic Parish called Ascension Catholic Community in Melbourne, FL.  I rekindled my faith at Ascension.  I participated in a retreat/formation process called Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP).  I still meet with my sisters in Christ (the ladies of CRHP Team 24) via Skype most Tuesday evenings at 7:00.

Feeling as if we had “retired” too young in Melbourne, FL, where the median age is 62, my husband and I took an opportunity to move to the Baltimore area when he was offered a better job by Northrop Grumman.  It was a win-win-win situation.  My husband had a great new job, I was now able to pursue a career that I could believe in by pursing an M.A. with Loyola in Spiritual and Pastoral Care, and my son had many opportunities in Maryland post graduation from Florida State.

I am excited to see what the future holds for me in Ministry.  I am volunteering in various capacities at some local Catholic parishes and at Beans and Bread.  I aim to see what type of ministry for which I am best suited.  I am on the spiritual direction track, and I am doing my internship at this time.  It is challenging, rewarding, and exciting.  I knew after taking Spiritual Direction last semester that I was on the right track for me.  I meet with my directees monthly to gain experience.  My spiritual direction supervision course is at another great Catholic university, Washington Theological Union which unfortunately is closing its doors this month due to financial issues.

2 thoughts on “My Win-Win-Win Journey to Loyola

  1. Dear JoAnn,
    I really enjoyed reading your Journey story!
    As your big sister, I was surprised about some of the stuff I didn’t know about you. It is my prayer that God blesses your vocation and continues to give you the grace and strength to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
    Love,
    Shirley

  2. J., I enjoyed reading your Journey story. I do know that the Lord has great things planned for you. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing.
    Love, Y.S.I.C. Pat

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