Diocese of Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo 16Aurelia Vaiana, Claire Anderson, Ruby Briones

Aurelia Vaiana

Echo Placement:
St. Mary Catholic Church

Westfield, Indiana

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

What attracted you to Echo and helped you decide to join the program?
I desired my post-undergraduate work to involve connecting the head and heart of the Catholic faith; I have often found Catholic education and formation to heavily lean one way or the other. I was overjoyed to find that connecting the head and heart is Echo's very mission. The M.A. in Theology, combined with service to the Church, seemed like the perfect way to live out the call on my heart.

Claire Anderson

Echo Placement:
St. Monica Catholic Church

Brownsburg, Indiana

Undergraduate Institution Area(s) of Study:
Purdue University, 2019
Aeronautical Engineering Technology, Professional and Technical Writing (minor)

What is the most significant thing you’ve learned in Echo?
The most significant thing I am learning through Echo right now is trust in God. From the beginning, this was his plan for me and he has been continually teaching me to trust him and be open to all he wants to teach and give me through this opportunity.

Ruby Briones

Echo Placement:
St. Joseph Catholic Church

Los Angeles, California

Undergraduate Institution Area(s) of Study:
Holy Cross College, 2018
Theology and Liberal Studies

What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of your ministry work?
I love baking pies for people, going on long bike rides, hiking, trying out new restaurants and spending time with and talking with family & friends—especially over freshly baked pie.