Simone Rizkallah, an alumna of Christendom College’s graduate school, recently shared in an interview on the College website how her Catholic education has impacted her work as a teacher and evangelizer. Rizkallah, who graduated from the Christendom theology master’s program in 2010, currently teaches at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, Ariz.
“I am so thankful for my Christendom degree,” she reflected in the interview. “Every day I use the things I learned at Christendom in my teaching and evangelizing.” She mentioned the “human formation” that resulted from having professors who served as living witnesses to the faith. She developed a support network that helps her in her ministry as well as life-long friendships.
Through her work at the high school, Simone has helped students grow in their faith. “One girl told me, ‘Before I came into this I was not a praying person at all, and now I pray every day. I want to thank you for helping me in this class,’” Rizkallah noted in the interview.
One of the activities Rizkallah organized for her students included a series of videos that featured other Christendom alumni sharing words of wisdom about a variety of subjects. The purpose, she continued, was to provide models of “happy Catholics” for her students who often do not come from devout families. The videos depicted those who were single, married, and in the seminary to demonstrate the Church’s universality as well as the real possibility of living out the faith in today’s society. “We certainly don’t live in a Catholic-friendly cultural climate,” said Rizkallah, “So I knew that I had to show them I wasn’t the only joyful Catholic out there.”
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