Success Stories

JulieJulie, MTS '10

"The School of Ministry truly opened my mind to the breadth and depth of our Catholic faith. The program challenged me to take ownership of my knowledge of Scripture and theology and to apply it to my life and ministry."

Currently, Julie is a part-time young adult liaison for the Diocese of Dallas, a position she has held for more than three years. "I feel so blessed. I really get to live out building up the kingdom of God in a real way with my job."

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Sr. YolandaSr. Yolanda, MPM '05

Sr. Yolanda '05 graduated from the School of Ministry with a master's in pastoral ministry with a concentration in pastoral life & administration in 2005. She currently serves as vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Fort Worth, and prior to that, she served as Director of Children's Catechesis for the diocese.

In 2011, the School of Ministry honored Sr. Yolanda for her service to the Church by naming her the 2011 Lumen Gentium Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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SammySammy, MTS '11

"The School of Ministry is a gem in the Dallas area for people who want to be equipped for ministry in the Church." Sammy graduated with a master's degree in theological studies in May 2011, and is now a campus minister at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

He says that his time at UD not only helped him mature from a young man with good intentions to a well-trained ministry professional, but that it left him well prepared to minister to college students.

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Mary JoMary Jo, MTS '10

After spending 25 years working for Neiman-Marcus and raising her family, Mary Jo decided that she wanted to do something for the Catholic Church. She started working for the Marrillac Social Center 10 years ago.

She sees her time in retail as part of Gods plan; her experiences and the skills she learned in the business world now help her to serve more people more effectively in her current position as Associate Director of Development and Communications at Catholic Charities of Dallas.

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Rev. PatrickRev. Patrick, MPM '11

After his father's death in 2003, Rev. Olaleye was inspired to work toward a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education, which he pursued in UD's School of Ministry. Rev. Olaleye graduated in 2011 with a master's in pastoral ministry with a concentration in health care ministry.

The education he received will assist him in his ministry to the sick; he believes that his presence will help to provide hope in God for recovery, or preparation for Heaven in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

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News

UD in the Community: Gospel of Life Dwellings Affirm Lives

Although she can no longer see, Tia does her best, like the mother she still is, to ensure the comfort of those around her from her perch on the edge of her bed. She is one of three elderly residents of St. Adelaide in Grand Prairie, one of Gospel of Life Dwellings' two locations. First conceived by Joe Flaherty, M.D., BA '86, a geriatrician, the idea for these homes was embraced and implemented -- and is continuously sustained -- by numerous UD alumni.

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New Crusader Baseball Clubhouse Completed

Positioned off Crusader Drive, behind the batting cages and the centerfield wall of the baseball field, the university's newly constructed baseball clubhouse opened the first week in May, the last week of the season for the UD baseball team. This milestone marked the end of a years-long endeavor supported by the university's Baseball Booster Club to upgrade the team's existing locker room and practice facilities.

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