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Three WSU students selected as Newman interns
the Inland Register
(From the June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
From left: Amber Gale, Miles Linde, and Samantha Knittle. (IR photo courtesy of the St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center)
Three students of Washington State University, Pullman, and parishioners of St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center there were recently selected as interns in a new leadership program developed at the WSU Newman center.
Amber Gale, from Holy Apostles Parish in East Wenat-chee; Samantha Knittle, of St. Paul Parish, Yakima; and Miles Linde, of Holy Family Parish, Kirkland, will undertake a year-long formation program in Christian leadership and ministry among their peers under the direction of the Center’s pastor, Msgr. Kevin Codd.
Each intern will dedicate a minimum of 12 hours of direct service to the parish community, meet as a team with the pastor on a weekly basis for planning and program evaluation, as well as individually with the pastor on a monthly basis for more personal direction and guidance. They will pray together regularly and form a community among themselves dedicated to ministry to others.
They will also be responsible for inculcating a spirit of welcome, hospitality, and Christian service at all center events and liturgies. Each will take responsibility for leadership in a particular area of ministry: liturgy, social life, or administration, but all will work together to meet goals and execute plans.
The internship program was named after Blessed John Henry Newman, the 19th century scholar and pastor who is considered the founder of campus ministry programs throughout the Catholic world.
“Inspired by John Henry Newman’s extraordinary life, the ultimate goal of the new internship program at St. Thomas More is to intentionally and intensively prepare new leaders for the Church and society,” said Msgr. Codd. “I look forward to working with these dedicated and capable young people and accompanying them as they help make our ministry at Saint Thomas More ever more vibrant and effective.”
The Newman interns will commence their service with the opening of the new academic year in early August of this year.