As the oldest child raised in a strict, Italian Catholic family that did not readily support higher education for women, I found myself working two jobs at a time, maintaining academic scholarships, and finding my own way financially and spiritually.
In many ways, it has been a good thing, since I understand the unique needs of first generation college students, young mothers, and those who must choose faith over entrenched family and cultural beliefs. Once I picked up a Bible to read it “as a book”, I was changed….convinced completely of its power, authenticity,and authority. I left behind the idea of priesthood and sought the “priesthood of the believer” and still seek that path.
I am a bit unconventional to some…challenging authority, doing yoga, vegetarian, and a preference for shiny fabrics and earrings. But, I have been married for 30 years; relish my role as a mother and wife; and support an unwavering commitment to the right to life position. I am interested in helping others to naturally, authentically, and joyfully live out faith in the classroom, wherever they are.