Diocese of Meath, Ireland

Grace Gibbons

Echo Class:
Echo 17 Parish Apprentice

Echo Placement:
Cathedral of Christ the King

Hometown:
Johnston, Iowa

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
Iowa State University, 2018
Supply Chain Management

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
I love cooking, reading, running, hiking, camping, and anything that involves the great outdoors.

Tim Ruflin

Echo Class:
Echo 17 Parish Apprentice

Echo Placement:
Cathedral Parish of Christ the King

Hometown:
Fort Worth, Texas

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
Mount St. Mary's University, 2020
Theology, Philosophy (minor), Communication (minor)

What advice would you give to Echo applicants?
The most important part of the application process is prayer. The application and the interviews serve as wonderful opportunities to prayerfully discern where the Lord might be calling you. Try not to get caught up in the stress and worry that comes naturally with any application or interview. Use this time as an opportunity to listen to God's call in your life.

Michael Kelley

Echo Class:
Echo 17 Parish Apprentice

Echo Placement:
Cathedral Parish of Christ the King

Hometown:
Stevinson, California

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
UC Berkeley, 2020
Rhetoric

What attracted you to Echo and helped you decide to join the program?
The blend of academics and on the ground ministry was particularly appealing when I was discerning Echo. Combining the two practices makes a lot of sense when your field of study is theology. The things we learn in class don't just live and die in our intellect, we have opportunities to use them to help others.