Class of 2007
Majors: Catechetics and Theology
Mallory McCloskey attended Franciscan University’s youth conferences throughout high school and seriously considered attending the University. When it came time to make the decision, however, she opted for a secular school where she could define herself and her Catholic faith by needing to defend it.
After one year of defining and defending, Mallory became certain the Lord was calling her to transfer to Franciscan. Her experiences that first year of college helped her identify her desire to be grounded in the Catholic faith and equipped to teach it.
“I was glad I had a little time to grow up before I transferred to Franciscan. I knew myself better. I knew God was calling me to Franciscan to prepare me to be a teacher,” she says.
Mallory’s years of academic preparation led her to Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, the oldest continuously operating Catholic girls school in the United States. There, as Mallory seeks to ignite a fire of faith in her students, she feels more grateful than ever for the preparation she received at Franciscan.
“I am continually reminded of the lessons I learned in my study of catechetics and theology at Franciscan,” she says. “Professor Ron Bolster made me see catechetics as really being God’s work, not my own. He said we need to trust and let the Holy Spirit lead our classes; that has helped me so many times.”
Mallory also remembers the wise admonition of Sister M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM: “If you don’t feel called to be a catechist, don’t do it. You need a passion for Christ, for living and proclaiming the Gospel, to be an effective witness in the classroom.”
Along with that, she says she often recalls the words of Pope Paul VI in Evangelii Nuntiandi: “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”
Her desire to be that living witness has kept Mallory on track spiritually since she graduated.
“The Eucharist is the absolute source of our Christian life, so I need to go to Mass and spend time in eucharistic adoration to be fed. I can’t lead if I’m not being fed,” she explains. “I can’t just talk about God; I have to nurture my relationship with God. As my professors used to tell us, catechists can’t give what they don’t have.”
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