Everything Fell Into Place: Madeleine Moya
You might say that Madeleine Moya’s life unfolded in a way that is familiar to many Catholic women. As a child, she felt close to the Church. There were times when she wondered whether she was called to be a nun. In college, her connection to the Church waned. Her degree led to a career in the information systems industry. She met a wonderful man, Dean, and they decided to marry.
Once children came into their lives, she wanted them to be catechized properly and so the role of the Church took on new meaning as the family grew and matured. Then in 2005, Madeleine found herself focused more intently on her spiritual life; a Eucharistic minister at her parish wondered whether she might be willing to serve in that capacity. She did, and not long after, other avenues in pastoral care and bereavement ministry opened up to her. She hadn’t foreseen this turn in the road.
In 2011, she was invited to consider lay ecclesial ministry, and after a period of discernment with her spiritual director, she decided to participate in the 4-year program offered through the Diocese of Gary. Once again, Madeleine’s gifts were noticed; Anne Verbeke, Director of Lay Ministry Formation and CTU alum, encouraged Madeleine to consider entering a degree program. Members of the CTU adjunct faculty and CTU alums routinely teach courses in the Gary program, and when a student is enrolled at CTU, course credits can be applied toward a degree.
“Everything fell into place to get me here!” said Madeleine, who is pursuing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree (MAPS) through CTU. She loves her ministry – her title at St. Thomas More Parish in Munster, Indiana, is Pastoral Care Coordinator – and she feels especially supported by her pastor, the Reverend Michael Yadron. She also loves her studies and the warmth of the people at CTU.
This summer, Madeleine attended CTU’s Summer Institute, taking the course “Gospel Parables” taught by Sr. Barbara Reid, OP. “It’s affirming to see women like Sr. Barbara and Sr. Sallie (Latkovich, CSJ) who can teach and interpret the Gospel so powerfully,” she said. Madeleine also felt a rush of excitement just being on campus. “My diocese is very diverse, but at CTU it’s as if the whole world converges here! In class I heard the perspective of a student from Africa, for example. The Church really is universal, and it’s happening right in my own backyard.”
Also of value, Madeleine says, is studying alongside clergy. “People like me are working collaboratively within the Church. We’re here to assist the clergy, work with them to proclaim the Gospel message, and minister to them if needed. As a student I’m being prepared to interact with everyone in the Church. We’re one big team – that’s what I’m taking home to my ministry.”
To learn more about CTU's MAPS Program, click here.