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Meet Your Local Coordinators

Nine Catholics on Call alums from around the country have volunteered to serve as local coordinators for our new network of CoC alums. They will help you with getting in touch with one another and getting to know other CoC alums in your region. The goal of this peer-to-peer ministry is to support each other on your vocational journey beyond your experience at the conference in Chicago. You can contact your coordinators personally by email and/or sign up for the respective google groups. Once you are a group member you will be able to post on the group's website and use the group's email address to communicate with other alums. As soon as you have signed up for the group, please introduce yourself to the other group members through the discussion forum on the group's webpage or with an email to all the group members using the group's email address you will receive.

If you have any other ideas or suggestions of how we can better support you and each other, please let your local coordinators or the CoC staff know. Feel free to email Birgit Oberhofer, the Assistant Director at catholicsoncall@ctu.edu.

East Coast:

Sarah Perkins:
Hi, may name is Sarah and I currently reside in Connecticut. I attended Catholics on Call in 2013. I’m a graduate of Catholic University Of America in Washington DC where I received a B.A. in Drama & a certificate in Pastoral Ministry. After college I was a volunteer with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest where I lived in Spokane, Washington and worked as an Operations Specialist at an early childhood education center. Currently I am a writer and educational/motivational speaker on living with a disability. In my free time I enjoy traveling, watching movies and going to Red Sox games.

Contact me at: sarahkperkins@yahoo.com

 

Click here to sign up for the East Coast google group.

 

Midwest:

Joe Quane:
Hi I am Joe Quane and I attended the Catholics on Call Conference back in 2009.  I currently reside on the Southwest side of Chicago in the Beverly neighborhood (About 20 minutes or so from CTU). I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Accounting and Information Systems. I currently work for CME Group as a Data Quality Analyst within the Market Regulation Department.  As far as ministry goes, I currently  serve as the chairperson for the St. Cajetan SPRED (Special Religious Development) ministry. SPRED is a ministry that provides those with developmental disabilities with an opportunity for spiritual nourishment. I also serve on the Executive Board for Office of Conciliation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The office works to mediate conflict that may arise in parishes, schools, or offices throughout the archdiocese.  I am truly grateful to have taken part in the Catholics on Call Conference. The conference gave me a whole new perspective on serving the church and allowed me to connect with other individuals around the country who were also interested in service to the Church. I have stayed connected with Catholics on Call throughout the years and attended all the winter follow-up retreats. I enjoy reading the weekly Scripture reflections and other reflections posted on the website (and even  write one every now and again).  Fell free to send me an email.

Contact me at: JQuane23@gmail.com

 

Krista Peterson:
My name is Krista Peterson and I live in Chicago, though I am originally from the Pittsburgh area. I came to Catholics on Call in 2011 after a year of serving with Amate House, a full time volunteer service program that is part of the Archdiocese of Chicago. I am currently a student at DePaul University studying Human-Computer Interaction. I have been Catholics on Call Regional Coordinator since March 2012. I love sewing, writing (check out the reflections I've written!), reading and painting.

Catholics On Call is important to me personally because I have found that it is difficult to take time away to be thoughtful about my vocation. I believe that young people are consumed by so many options that we too easily become lost in a path that has seemingly chosen us.

I am honored to serve as local coordinator for Catholics on Call. If you are considering this time of retreat for the first time or looking to reconnect with your fellow COC graduates, please don't hesitate to send me an email. I just love meeting new people!

Contact me at: peterson.adela@gmail.com

 

John Uhal:
Location: Currently in Winona, MN; originally from Dubuque, IA
Region: Upper Midwest
College: Saint Mary's University of MN, Winona, MN; double majoring in Pastoral/Youth Ministry & Liturgical Music; Class of 2013;
Employment: Campus Safety, Office of Admission, iT HelpDesk, sports official
Extracurricular: Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus council on campus; sing in Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Liturgical Choir; play in Concert Band and Liturgical Choir
Volunteer experience: Jamaica 2005, Honduras 2009, Spruce Up Winona, other smaller activities in the last several years
Ministry: After graduating college and getting my master's degree, I hope to be employed at a parish or school in liturgical music or youth ministry. I am partial toward music ministry as that is my strength, but working with youth and young adults in parish and school settings has always been fun for me too.
Fun fact about me: I've cycled across the state of Iowa twice during the annual RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa)...and had a blast doing it!
Contact: In person at Saint Mary's University of MN, 700 Terrace Heights #398, Winona, MN 55987; call my cell:563-552-6755 (calls only please).

Contact me at: johnu324@aol.com

 

Michael Neeland, S.D.S.
Hello, my name is Michael Neeland, S.D.S., I am a temporary professed member of the Society of the Divine Savior. I have been a member of the Salvatorian community for the past three years. In August of 2013 I professed my first vows. I am currently living in Milwaukee WI where I am in seminary studying for the priesthood. I was born and raised in Buffalo NY. I graduated from Gannon University in Erie PA in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Following collage I spent two years living in an L’arche community in Tacoma WA. L’arche is an organization where individuals with and without developmental disabilities live together and share their lives according to the beatitudes. It was easily the most challenging and rewarding two years of my life. I attended COC in August of 2008. I am forever thankful for my time spent at the conference. I will not be where I am today if it was not for the people I met and the tools that I obtained during my COC week. Before I entered religious life I spent two and half years working with the Homeless in Buffalo NY, I was and outreach social worker who went out on the streets to find and advocate for people who were homeless or about to become homeless. I am honored to serve as a Regional Coordinator. Please do not be afraid to contact me at any time! I look forward to hearing from you sharing our journey with each other.

I can be contacted by email at mcneeland@gmail.com

 

Click here to sign up for the Midwest google group.

Southwest

Bernice Aguas:
My name is Bernice Aguas and I am a San Francisco native. I currently live in New Orleans where I attend Loyola University New Orleans Law School. I left my heart in San Francisco but I have fallen in love with New Orleans.
Prior to law school, I lived and worked in Alabama as a participant of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. I worked full-time at a non-profit that provided free legal assistance to the poor while living in an intentional community of other Jesuit Volunteers also working towards peace and justice.
I am passionate about helping young people deepen their faith and spirituality. Thus, I spearheaded a young adult ministry in San Francisco to aid the faith formation of young people. I developed and coordinated St. Benedict's Young Adults Group of St. Thomas More Church for over four years and I currently serve as the Advisor. I also helped initiate and organize the creation of the Young Adult Council in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I have held various faith-based roles including being a liaison and active member of the Bay Area Young Adult Interfaith Network.
I was a participant of Catholics on Call (CoC) in August 2010. Every aspect of CoC enriched my faith but my favorite experience was the social justice component which included visiting a gang member rehabilitation center.
I am grateful for my CoC experience because it positively contributed to my spiritual growth while allowing me to meet other young people on a similar faith journey. I am honored to be asked to serve as a CoC Regional Coordinator. It is my pleasure to help others also benefit from COC.

"We are all pilgrims on the same journey." -Nelson Demille

Contact me at: bcaguas@loyno.edu

 

Rosie Vutera:
My name is Rosie Vutera and I'm from Baton Rouge, La. I'm currently at Southeastern Louisiana University to become a Child Life Specialist and am hoping to work at St. Jude's in Memphis one day! While I'm not working at the Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services, I volunteer on a regular basis through the Diocese of Baton Rouge Youth and Young Adult Ministry on the Leadership Team and the Diocesan Youth Retreat Team. I am also involved with Louisiana Catholic College Students through SLU's campus ministry. I went to Catholics on Call back in August 2009 and I absolutely loved meeting people my own age from across the country that wanted to learn how to better serve the Church together. I love that we are still connected as a support system through our faith and relationships that we made through CoC.

Contact me at: rosie.vutera@gmail.com

 

Click here to sign up for the Southwest google group.

West Coast

 

Angela Maiorano:
My name is Angela Marie Maiorano. I am originally from Claremont, CA which is thirty miles east of Los Angeles. I was living in Claremont when I attended Catholics on Call. Currently, I do not have a permanent address (I am working on obtaining one of those!) I still consider Claremont to be "home," even though I have not lived there for several years now. I graduated with my Master of Education, Reading in 2006. I received my Master of Education from the University of La Verne, a small, private university in Southern CA. I have spent the past two years living and working in Latin America. My first experience was in Juticalpa, Olancho, Honduras, Central America. I taught seventh and eighth grade English at a Catholic junior high school. My second experience was in Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America. I lived in an orphanage with fifty-eight girls. My main role in the orphanage was to be a positive presence for the girls and assist them with spiritual development. I am now back in the United States job searching. I may be coming to a city near you soon! I attended Catholics on Call in 2008. I learned many important things while at Catholics on Call, but one thing that stands out to me is that we all have a vocation. When I heard that word prior to Catholics on Call, I thought it referred solely to priests and sisters. Since Catholics on Call, I view that word differently. We are all called to do something great during our earthly lives, whether that be as a religious, married lay person or single lay person. That also gives me a source of comfort. I am involved in ministry in a variety of ways. Most recently, I began to get involved in homeless ministry. Prior, I worked in youth ministry by coordinating retreats and teaching Confirmation. My one fun fact is that I have been blessed to have had opportunities to travel to twenty-eight countries on five continents.

Contact me at: catholicdodgerfan@gmail.com

 

Click here to sign up for the West Coast google group.

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