Vocations Alive! is devoted to developing a culture of discernment where Catholic students at college campuses have the environment, support, and tools they need to discern their call in life.
Our goals are:
- To teach students how to pray and how to listen to God in prayer.
- To help students integrate God into every part of their lives, careers, homes, values, and relationships.
- To be a presence of support for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni in their journey of faith.
What is a Vocation?
Each person has a unique call from God—a call to be and live out our most authentic self in the world. God invites us to live out this call in marriage, through the single life, or as consecrated religious leaders or priests.
“Be who you are called to be and you will set the world on fire” – Catherine of Siena
What is Discernment?
Discernment is the process we enter to determine our vocation…our call from God. It is an ongoing journey of discovery to be the person that God is calling us to be. Through prayer, one develops a relationship with God and can learn to listen to God’s voice in our hearts.
“Your calling is where your passions meets the world’s needs” - Fredrick Beuchner
Meet the Team
About Sr. Val Roxburgh
Sister Val is a native of Southern California and entered the Sisters of Notre Dame community in 2003. She graduated with a bachelor of art in religious studies from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. Sr. Val has had a variety of ministry experiences, including several years of service at parishes in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. She has been the director of vocation discernment and young adult outreach for her community since 2008. In February of 2017, she joined the Vocations Alive! team at the USC Caruso Catholic Center and is thoroughly enjoying connecting with the students.
We invite you to view Sister Val's video.
About Sr. Jenny Zimmerman
Sister Jenny Zimmerman, campus minister at the USC Caruso Catholic Center, is a Sister of Notre Dame from the Toledo, Ohio province. She graduated with a master of theology degree from Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio and is currently pursuing her certification in the art of spiritual direction from Loyola Marymount University and the Loyola Institute of Spirituality. Prior to moving to Southern California, Sister Jenny served in a variety of ministries, including as a hospital chaplain and at Notre Dame Academy in Toledo as campus minister, theology teacher, and strength and conditioning coach. In her role as campus minister at USC, she works with the Vocations Alive! program, leads retreats, and walks with students in their joys and struggles of the faith journey!
We invite you to view Sister Jenny's video.
About Sr. Kathy Schneider
Sister Kathy Schneider is a member of the Order of the Company of Mary Our Lady. Originally from Indiana, she moved to California for college and has been here since. She graduated with a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California, Irvine. Most of her ministerial experience has been as an educator, teaching at the elementary and high school levels. Most recently she has taught part-time at local universities. Sr. Kathy is also involved in curriculum development for Company of Mary schools. In February of 2017, she joined the Vocations Alive! team at the Catholic Center, where she enjoys the opportunity to get to know USC students and share faith and life with them.
We invite you to view Sister Kathy's video.
About Sr. Jeanette Kong
Sister Jeanette Kong is a missionary in the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity and campus minister at the University Catholic Center at UCLA. She graduated with a master of divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University and is currently pursuing a master of arts guidance and counseling degree from Loyola Marymount University. She has been active in a variety of ministries, including pastoral care, spiritual accompaniment, and retreat work with individuals and groups. Originally from Singapore, she has lived in the United States for the past 11 years and currently lives with her local community in Long Beach. As campus minister at UCLA, she is focused on vocational work and accompaniment of students in the unfolding of their spiritual life.
About Mayra Martinez
Mayra has had the privilege to serve various areas of ministry, which includes being a youth minister at St. Catherine of Siena parish, young adult minister at various parishes, and taught spirituality at The Grateful Life Center, a rehabilitation center for people with drug and alcohol addiction. In February 2017, she joined the Vocations Alive! team as marketing manager with the mission of sharing the story of religious life and discernment through marketing and social media. Mayra studied animation at California State University - Fullerton.
The purpose of the spiritual mentorship program is to provide USC students and alumni with an experienced spiritual guide who can accompany students and alumni on their faith journey. For more information, please e-mail Sr. Kathy Schneider. Please refer to our spiritual direction link to sign up.
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- Global Sisters Report
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- Pray As You Go
- Sacred Space
- Sister Story
- USCCB - Vocations
Vocations Alive! is sponsored by a grant from the Conrad Hilton Foundation. The Hilton Foundation is committed to supporting Catholic sisters all over the world through education, leadership formation, vocations, and in their various ministries. For more information, please visit the Hilton Foundation website!