News of Our Alumni

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mike Angell '07, who has been a graduate student at Virginia Theological Seminary since the fall of 2008, was recently to the diaconate of the Episcopal Church.

Michael Sepidoza Campos '94, following graduation, completed his MTS in theology at Harvard Divinity School and pursued a teaching career. After a few years as an educator, he decided to return to his studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., where he recently earned his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogy. Michael writes, “I’ve always considered my time at USD as one of profound open-ing/-ness, not only to the theoretical intricacies of theology, but to the abundance that comes with learning to walk magnanimously with others. I am proud to have learned so much from you.”

Kara Kimball '09, a THRS minor, is currently working as a graduate assistant in the USD Center for Awareness, Service, and Action. Kara has been accepted to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where she plans to begin study in Fall 2011. At Boston College, Kara will will pursue a dual-degree program in Pastoral Ministry and Social Work, leading to an MA in Pastoral Ministry and an MSW.

Tony Krzmarzick '08 has been awarded full tuition scholarships at the University of Notre Dame and the School of Theology & Ministry at Boston College. He has accepted the offer at Boston, which includes a non-working stipend of $15,000 for living expenses, and will be pursuing an MDiv starting Fall 2011. "I am sincerely grateful to USD for the well-rounded theological education and ministry opportunities that I received," says Tony, "because it prepared me for my job in Youth Ministry and my future work at BC."

Since graduating from USD with a BA in Theology and Religious Studies and Music, Tony has been working as the coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Parish here in San Diego, where he coordinates all social, faith formation, and service activities for youth, 6th-12th grade, and directs the 3rd-8th Grade Youth Choir. "The experience that I have gained at St. Therese of Carmel is priceless, " Tony reports. "I have learned so much about myself and have discovered a true passion for teaching and preaching."

Amanda Quantz '95, went on to earn her MTS. at Harvard Divinity School and her PhD at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. After teaching for a number of years at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Amanda has recently taken a position in the Department of Theology and Pastoral Ministry at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Amanda was offered the position the day after her interview. On the basis of her teaching experience at USD and CTU, her record of scholarship and service, as well as her recent certification in the clinical pastoral education program at St. Francis Hospital, San Francisco, she was appointed to the St. Mary's position with four years credit towards tenure. Amanda will teach courses in church history and systematic theology, as well as courses for St. Mary’s pastoral ministry program.  For the latter, Amanda will lead an immersion course at Ahousat, Flores Island, British Columbia. This course will explore care across a variety of disciplines (Catholic tradition, Native American spirituality, pastoral tools for psychiatric medicine.)

Amanda was also offered a position in theology at St. Leo’s University in Tampa, Florida, teaching in that institution’s programs for deacons, graduates, and undergraduates at their satellite campus near Charleston, South Carolina. Although Amanda accepted the St. Mary’s position, St. Leo’s requested continued contact in designing online courses for their graduate programs.

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