Diocese of St. Petersburg (Echo 16 & 17)

2020st.petesRandolph Davidson, Mackenzie Kraker, Katie Groves, Mason Fredenberg

Randolph Davidson

Echo Class:
Echo 16 Parish Apprentice

Echo Placement:
St. Timothy Catholic Church

Hometown:
Sugar Land, Texas

Undergraduate Institution Area(s) of Study:
Baylor University, 2018
Classics, Liberal Arts

What have you enjoyed most about your Echo experience thus far?
I was very happily surprised by the Echo community. I had no idea how much of a family feel it would have, but I am incredibly thankful for it.

Mackenzie Kraker

Echo Class:
Echo 16 Parish Apprentice

Echo Placement:
Corpus Christi Catholic Church

Hometown:
Westerville, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution Area(s) of Study:
University of Notre Dame, 2019
Biochemistry, Theology

What advice would you give to Echo applicants?
As I worked on the Echo application, I found that the questions it asked were questions I enjoyed exploring, so pay attention to what gives you life. Be real and answer the questions as yourself rather than the "perfect applicant." Dive deep into the questions, take them to prayer, and let them penetrate your heart and mind to see your own calling and role in serving the Church in a new light

Katie Groves

Echo Class:
Echo 17 Parish Apprentice

Echo Placement:
St. Mark the Evangelist

Hometown:
Ridgefield, Connecticut

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
University of Dallas, 2020
Pastoral Ministry, Human Sciences (minor)

What advice would you give to Echo applicants?
Take advantage of your first year. There are so many opportunities at every parish to really push yourself and discover new areas of ministry—even if you don't immediately see them. If you are passionate about a certain area, don't limit yourself to that. Keep it in mind, but one of the amazing things about Echo is that you really have the freedom to explore many kinds of ministry.

Mason Fredenberg

Echo Class:
Echo 17 Parish Apprentice

Echo Placement:
Echo 17 Parish Apprentice

Hometown:
Mission Viejo, California

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
University of Portland, 2020
Theology

What attracted you to Echo and helped you decide to join the program?
I wanted to serve in ministry, and I wanted to continue my education in theology.  Echo provided the opportunity to do both, and incredible amounts of support in doing so.  What helped me decide to join the program were the people.  Everyone is so devoted to serving God and it inspires me to continue to better myself each and every day to do the same.