I arrived at the Institute burnt out from working in the corporate world. As a graphic designer, I found myself sitting in my cubicle asking, “Is this all there is to life? Is this how I am called to use my gifts as an artist?” When applying to the Institute, I thought I would simply learn more about the Faith, but I ended up finding far more: I forged life-long friendships with the professors and my fellow students; I gained valuable insights into modern society; and I developed a much deeper love of God and the Catholic Faith. In sum, I learned what it meant to be truly human: to be fully alive for the glory of God.
After several years as the managing editor for Communio: International Catholic Review, I returned to graphic design with renewed passion and purpose. Through the John Paul II Institute, its alumni, and D.C. area network, I obtained the privilege to work with Catholic non-profits, ministries, parishes, schools, and dioceses. When my clients discover that I have an M.T.S. from the Institute, relief washes across their faces because they know I have the background necessary to understand their mission and convey an authentic Catholic message.
While also becoming a wife and mother, I’ve created appeal campaigns for multiple dioceses; Theology of the Body curricula for elementary and middle schools; and print materials, logos, and brand guides for classical education schools, Catholic universities, and the USCCB. My experience at the Institute has also encouraged me to further explore my fine art abilities, which now include writing Byzantine icons and painting illuminated altar cards for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
It has been such a joy and honor to be able to combine my artistic gifts with the knowledge gained at the Institute to create beautiful designs that enhance the Church’s appeal to the modern world.