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Angela Batie ’07 M.Div.
B.A. University of Portland

Karen Halac

I grew up between the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier in beautiful Tacoma, WA. I attended Catholic schools for 18 years, which provided me with opportunities to deepen my faith through retreats, religion classes, and community worship. I majored in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Portland, a small Catholic school in Oregon, during which time I was active in the performing arts, residence life, and a study abroad program in Salzburg, Austria. After graduation, I entered the Holy Cross Associates service program and moved to Wilkes-Barre, PA. Through living a commitment to four “pillars” of community, service, spirituality, and simplicity of lifestyle, I came to a deeper understanding of my vocation to ministry. When the program ended, I remained in Wilkes-Barre and worked as a campus minister at King's College.

While I originally planned to attend a Catholic school for my M.Div., a visit to YDS during Accepted Students Day led me to realize that my best choice would be to study in an ecumenical context. Undertaking theological studies side-by-side with students of different religious traditions and practices has alerted me to the possibilities and challenges of Ecumenism while allowing me to engage my own faith tradition with a new depth and appreciation.

While at YDS I've been active in the Sacramental Winers (the women's a capella group at YDS), the Community Life Committee, the Student Council, and planning committees for All-School Conferences. Most memorably, I was an exchange student in Cambridge, England, in the fall of 2006. While there, I lived at an Anglican seminary and joined the community and prayer life of an all-women's Catholic theological college, the Margaret Beaufort Institute. Through this wonderful opportunity I was able to visit a number of significant religious sites, from Iona, Scotland to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Once again, God's plan has surprised me by drawing me to a place I would never have expected: St. Louis, MO. I have accepted a position as campus minister at Saint Louis University, a school in the Jesuit tradition, where I will serve the graduate school and a freshman residence hall. I am delighted to use the skills I've been honing and the knowledge I've gained at YDS to serve the People of God. I go forward with colleagues and friendships from YDS that I trust will strengthen and encourage me in my ministry for years to come.

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