A Memorable Moment

One of the most memorable experiences for me was when we went to the National Catholic Youth Conference as a team.  I never gone to a conference like this before, so it was amazing to see all these people celebrating being Catholic, praying, and worshiping together.  One night specifically was powerful when we had adoration and 25,000 people were completely silent.  Along with the amazing music provided by Matt Maher, that night was incredibly powerful for me and I would not have been able to go if it were not for my internship at JSC.

A Time to be Silent, a Time to Speak

One of the skills I have developed over the past few years is to know when to keep my mouth shut. With six people in the office who all bring different perspectives, experiences, and opinions to the table, sometimes there are discussions that can get confusing. Everyone has a different opinion or view of the situation and I have learned when to voice mine and when I just need to be quiet and let only a few voices speak. This does not mean my voice is not heard, it just means I have learned to let the chaos calm down before I speak. Another skill I have gained through working here is being more aware of the tone of my voice and speaking in a more pastoral tone. What I mean by that is being more aware of how I sound to other people and expressing what I have to say in a way that does not override what they have to say. It is a skill that I consider important within ministry because, as Steve says, people do not remember what you say but they will remember how you made them feel.

Christ-Centered Workplace

The community here is amazing.  It was my first time in a Christ-centered workplace and I loved praying, working, and leading retreats with the people in this office.  We start everyday off with prayer, which, for me, helped keep me focused on the purpose of each day.  There has always been a recognition of trust and confidence here, which allowed me and the other interns to open up.  The directors of youth ministry are also very easy to talk to; I was able to talk to them about anything that came up during retreats.  They were incredibly helpful as they have almost forty years of experience in ministry between them.  Steve and Eric were also amazingly supportive and helped in my job finding process as the internship ended.