Manresa Scholars

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David Kruse

David Kruse

Hi there! My name is David Kruse, and I'm a senior with a double major in theology and philosophy. My Manresa placement is at St. Rose and St. Michael's parishes in Milwaukee, and together with Sister Marilyn Winkel, I'll be coordinating the RCIA program. I'm excited for the opportunities that working in a multicultural parish will provide, and I'm anxious to put my theology studies to good use! The Manresa scholars program was one of the reasons I decided to attend Marquette, and I am blessed to be a part of it. Vocational discernment is essential to who we are as humans being, and this program provides a spectacular outlet for that. Thanks for reading this far! Peace be with you. St. Rose and St. Michael, pray for us!

Beth Mueller

Beth Mueller

Beth Mueller hails from St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, she is a senior studying Justice and Peace Studies with a focus in Theology and the Marginalized. After working at Nativity Jesuit Middle School's summer camp, Camp Thunderhead, this past summer, Beth was privileged to be able to continue working with the school through the Manresa Scholars Program. Working at Nativity has fulfilled her in many ways, including (but not limited to) acting as Service Coordinator for the boys, helping to co-lead the boys to victory as a cross-country coach, playing foursquare during recess, and revisiting Camp for leadership experiences. Working with the Nativity boys brings her utter joy and interesting challenges; and she would not change her experience for anything. Beth truly feels that the Holy Spirit is interwoven in her life in a beautiful way, one that makes faith a continuous process and exciting journey, and for that she is genuinely grateful to God. Additionally, she loves attempting to speak Spanish with the Nativity parents, water skiing at Camp, praying with the Nativity boys, playing at her family's cabin, and drinking mint tea.

Chris Owen

Chris Owen

My name is Chris Owen, a Marquette senior studying theology, psychology and philosophy. As a Manresa scholar I have the pleasure of joining the community of St. Paul's Lutheran Church as a Senior Pastor Assistant. To date I have led adult Bible studies, organized Community Night activities, and observed Pastor Donna in her role as the Senior Pastor. Future activities include presenting a sermon and founding a Community Harvest Garden. Beyond my involvement at St. Paul's, I am in the process of founding a Marquette triathlon club, planning a pilgrimage to India for winter break, and completing a piece of artwork for the spring Student Art Show.

Nicki Steinmetz

Nicki Steinmetz

Nicki Steinmetz is a senior majoring in Information Technology and Theology. This year, she has the opportunity to combine the Manresa Scholars Program with an internship at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Throughout the upcoming year, Nicki will be working closely with the Archdiocese's office of Catholic Social Action to coordinate the Multimedia Youth Arts Contest for 7th - 12th graders in schools and parishes around the archdiocese, recruit local agencies to apply for the CCHD local grant program, assemble and be a member of the local grant Review Board that has the responsibility of assessing applicants and distributing the grant money, and plan the Journey to Justice Retreat for the Archdiocese. Nicki is inspired by the mission of CCHD, which is to address the root causes of poverty in America by promoting and supporting community-controlled organizations run by the low-income community which most benefit from them, and through education. The emphasis on the empowerment of the poor and the building of solidarity between the poor and non-poor in the pursuit of systemic change particularly resonates with her. The experience has been a crash course in Catholic Social Teaching, which she continues to find both challenging and life-giving. Nicki is from Port Washington, WI and loves long runs or bike rides near the lake, storms, pineapple, and fall colors.

Amanda Wolff

Amanda Wolff

Amanda Wolff is a senior majoring in Writing Intensive English and Social Welfare and Justice with a minor in Spanish. As a Manresa Scholar, she is working at Casa Romero, a retreat center on the south side of Milwaukee, which strives to empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities. Amanda is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this mission by serving as the Coordinator of the Canasta Llena program, a family retreat experience. Amanda hails from Oshkosh, WI and spent last spring studying in Santiago, Chile. At Marquette, her other home, she is actively involved in Midnight Run, Campus Ministry's retreat program, and the Liturgical Preparation Team.

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