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Student grant leads to vocations trip

May 23, 2018


Posing at the De La Salle Christian Brothers Novitiate in Chicago — one stop of many on the six-day trip — are, from left: Brother Thomas Johnson, director of the novitiate; Brother Mark Engelmeyer, novice; students Chad Cagle and Jessica Bauer; Brother Dylan Perry, novice; Colleen Dunne, director of Campus Ministry at Saint Mary’s; and Brother Paul Avvento, novice.

The Forum for Theological Exploration awarded a grant to student leader Jessica Bauer ’19 for the development of a Ministry Exploration and Mentoring project. Bauer planned a vocations exploration trip and was joined by Chad Cagle ’18 and Colleen Dunne, director of Campus Ministry, as they traveled through the upper Midwest earlier this month visiting numerous religious communities and post-graduate schools.

Drawing on the strategic theme of engaging students in our Lasallian Catholic Identity, participants explored both vocational possibilities to religious life and ministry as well as career vocations in education and music. They visited religious communities in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana, and Catholic Theological Union and the University of Notre Dame. Along the way, students met Franciscan Friar Father Daniel Horan, a popular speaker and writer, who — as a result of connections made from this trip — will speak during De La Salle Week on the Winona Campus in March 2019.