Diocese of Kalamazoo

KalamazooMary Kate Boyle, Emma Schuler, Grace Brizek

Mary Kate Boyle

Echo Placement:
St. Mary's Catholic Church

Elmhurst, Illinois

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
University of Illinois, 2019
Kinesiology, Spanish (minor)

Previous Professional Experience
FOCUS Missionary, 2019-2021

What do you hope to do after Echo?
There are many aspects of ministry that I am drawn to, so a lot of my time in Echo will involve discernment of where exactly the Lord is leading me next! That being said, one aspect of ministry that I am especially drawn to is adaptive catechesis. I would love to collaborate with dioceses and parishes to find ways in which the Church can better serve our brothers and sisters with disabilities.

Emma Schuler

Echo Placement:
St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Washington, Indiana

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
Indiana University, 2021
Political Science/Economics, Spanish

What is the most significant thing you have learned in Echo so far?
The most significant thing I've learned so far in Echo is not to be afraid of where the Lord is calling me. As someone who had never formally studied theology, I was afraid of God's promptings toward Echo. In the time since then, I have seen just how much the Lord has provided for me. Sometimes He calls us to big things, but He's always going to give us the grace to thrive. Jesus, I trust in you!

Grace Brizek

Echo Placement:
St. Monica Catholic Church

Sparta, New Jersey

Undergraduate Institution & Area(s) of Study:
The Catholic University of America, 2021
Vocal Performance

What is your favorite quote, song or image?
"To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often." - St. John Henry Newman