My Last Paper

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"My last paper" by Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2015 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp. All rights reserved.

Most of you know that I have been earning my Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University of New Orleans, for almost 4 years now. It has not been easy going back to school while raising a family and working full-time. Recently, I submitted my 40-page capstone paper. I have held a 3.8 throughout the entire program. If I receive a passing grade on the paper I will graduate! It will probably be January before I receive a grade for my paper. At that point, I will re-write or I will celebrate! The following is the closing paragraph of my paper. It tells all about what I learned from the program.

The LIMEX program has enlightened my knowledge of the Catholic faith, tradition, institution, culture, and set my soul on fire to bring teens closer to God. This journey has been an extremely long one, lived alongside my first days as a teacher to my last. As I struggled to learn how to teach, I became a student as well. I learned the story of Christianity, gained an insight for common themes in the Scriptures and, learned how to do an exegesis and how our faith is rooted in Jewish culture. I grew to understand the foundational concepts of grace, salvation, sacramental awareness, and relationships with God, self, others, and creation. I took a deeper consider the history of the Church, and its sacraments and liturgies. I discovered a depth about my leadership abilities and how to perceive and work with leaders of other personalities and understandings. I was able to explore the institution I teach within, root out the power players, and view the realities of my school and the culture. I was exposed to the sad truth about my students’ economic and faith disparities and empathize with their everyday lives. I read about snapshots of saints, and leaders of the Catholic faith who gave me courage and encouragement to be a vessel for God’s will for my life.

The past four years of education and understandings have influenced my teaching and views of the world and Christianity, as well as set me on a new path towards spiritual direction. I began to pray as Loyola Ignatius taught, and learned in a more concrete way how to be detached from everything but the will of God. I gained new insight, understanding, a process to test any situation, an ability to teach, and the inspiration to aspire to be a saint. This program has changed who I am as a person. It has allowed me to grow mentally, academically, and spiritually into a fuller child of God. It has afforded me the opportunity to explore and understand that my ministry is less about teaching and more about fostering and deepening relationships with my students, coworkers, others, myself, God and all of creation. Those relationships are the core of my ministry at work in the kingdom of God here on earth.


Copyright 2017 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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About Author

Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is a mother of four children and is married to the love of her life, Aaron. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She teaches theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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  1. Congrats on turning in your last paper. I recently turned in my last grad school paper as well, I did my capstone this past summer so I’ve been waiting to be “done for real” for months. Going back to school isn’t easy, and not always enjoyable, but worth it.

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