Blog Beginnings

image of tori schoen“I love my Catholic faith. I love to try new things. And I love to write," Tori Shoen says. When invited by Susan Ferguson to begin a blog for the UD Center for Catholic Education, Victoria (Tori) Schoen eagerly agreed.

Tori is a University Honor Program Scholar studying Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Language Arts and Mathematics and a minor in Religious Studies Catechesis. She was an intern for the Center for Catholic Education (CCE) during the summer of 2015 where her primary job was to launch a blog, called Catholic Education Conversation. This would be a platform to share information about the Center’s programs and professional development as well as provide inspiration and support for those who have a passion for Catholic education. Tori designed a content calendar, developed several topic series, and helped recruit other UD undergrads in the fields of teacher education and religious studies who want to express their ideas and passion for the Catholic Church and education.

Tori attributes her own Catholic education with forming her into the person of faith she is today.  She sees God’s work in her life and is answering His call to become a Catholic school teacher. She is excited to catechize young people about Christ’s true presence in the Eucharist and in their lives. Tori is currently discerning religious life and hopes someday to be a missionary teacher so that she can teach theology and serve people of different cultures. Tori believes that “Christ calls us to share our experiences with others.”

Tori is very busy at UD. She continues to facilitate Catholic Education Conversation and she is a Chaminade Scholar, a resident assistant, a member of a faith sharing group, as well as a Confirmation leader at a local parish. Ferguson describes, “God has blessed Tori with (many) gifts and she says ‘yes’ when the Lord calls her to do work that benefits individuals and the community.”

When Tori reflects on the work she has done at CCE, she says she has gained confidence in her professional skills.  She has been supported in her educational and spiritual growth. But most importantly, she was welcomed into a place where “the Marianist tradition of community is obviously present.”

The Center for Catholic Education “has been blessed by Tori’s enthusiasm, commitment, and ability to listen to the call and bring others to the table,” explains Director Ferguson. Her work on the blog is critical to connecting the mission of CCE with a broader audience, particularly undergraduate students. She offers a forum on which to discuss current topics, share personal experiences and opinions, and advocate support for Catholic education initiatives.

UD’s Center for Catholic Education is delighted that Tori said “Yes!” to the invitation to join our work!

Check out our blog, Catholic Education Conversation >>