Grace Mariette Agolia is a junior at the University of Notre Dame from Long Island, NY, and she is majoring in theology and minoring in Catholic Social Tradition. Her involvements on campus include the Campus Ministry Anchor Leadership Program, Catechist Program, Notre Dame Right to Life Club, Notre Dame Vision, Center for Social Concerns, Theology Majors Advisory Committee, and liturgical ministries at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the St. Catherine of Siena Chapel in her dorm, Pasquerilla East Hall. She hopes to continue her studies in theology at the graduate level, and her interests include the intersection of liturgy and disability, specifically deafness; Christian mysticism and silence; the monastic and hesychast traditions; effective catechesis and proclamation of the Word of God in the context of the New Evangelization; vocational discernment; Holy Cross spirituality; and issues of human dignity.
Jim Corcoran is a junior at the University of Notre Dame originally from Philadelphia, PA, and he studies Theology and English. Jim is particularly interested in the intersection of social justice, mimetic desire, and liturgy, with special emphasis on the sacrificial characteristics of the liturgy and its import into daily life. This flows from his many service experiences and learning from the poor and marginalized. In addition, he is very interested in monastic spirituality and experiences of silence. Jim is also involved in liturgical music in the Notre Dame Folk Choir and in the Chapel of St. Edward in his dorm, St. Edward’s Hall. Back home in Philadelphia, he has worked as a professional church musician at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and at his parish church of Our Lady of Consolation. He is also an oblate of Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island.
Madeline Lewis is a junior from South Bend, IN majoring in English and Theology with a concentration in Creative Writing. She believes that there lives the dearest freshness deep down things. She loves catching glimpses of the gift of God’s love through poetry, beauty, relationships, art, music, and popular culture. She thinks a lot about the way that God draws us to Him through the small details of the everyday world, and how the Christian liturgical life forms us to see this world with grateful hearts. She is interested in the way that the liturgy forms us to offer our whole lives in praise in response to God’s great gift of Himself. She is also interested in the way that we tell our stories, and how our own story-telling reflects and reveals the ever-unfolding narrative of God’s grace at work in our world.
Rose Urankar is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, studying Theology and American Studies. Her hometown is Cleveland, OH. She is interested in connecting the liturgy to daily life, which she does in a variety of ways. One way is by keeping theology relevant in conversations about social problems, theater, communal living, or anything. Another is by recognizing and reflecting on Eucharistic moments that reveal God’s grace in everyday life, even in non-liturgical settings. She believes that these moments and a deep engagement in the liturgy lead to an engaged faith life and a joyful worldview. When she isn’t writing for Oblation, she sings with the Folk Choir or performs with the student-produced musical theater company, PEMCo.