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CONTACT INFO:

If you have any questions about the Retreat Ministry or would just like to talk over which retreat experience might be best for you please contact us and we'll be happy to tell you more!  You can contact the Fordham Retreat Team at fordham.retreats@gmail.com.  You can also follow along our weekly reflection blog at www.faithyeahfordhamretreats.tumblr.com.

Erin Hoffman
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Spiritual Programs
McGinley 206
ehoffman12@fordham.edu
(718) 817-4509

MEET THE LEADERS:
As leaders we have all experienced the awesomenes of retreats...the peace, the friendship, the laughter, the quiet times, the hope, the joy, (the food!) and most importantly, the love of God that makes it all possible!  Whatever your particular reason for joining us on retreats, please know how happy we are to share the journey with you and that we'll do all we can to help make your stay as comfortable and enriching as possible.


Marc Alibrandi is a Political Science major and possible Theology double major in the Rose Hill class of 2015. He hails from Long Island, New York. He has many leather bound books. His favorites of which are Tom Clancy novels and the Game of Thrones series. When he is not volunteering for Campus Ministry, he may be found tossing a frisbee on Eddie's. His favorite place in New York City is Central Park. He finds the contrast between the nature of the park and the surrounding man-made structures to be powerfully moving. Throughout the hustle and bustle of his daily life, Marc makes sure to acknowledge God in his daily interactions with others.
  Doreen Bentum was born on the twenty-ninth of July in a small fishing village called Cape Coast in Ghana, and she has spent exactly half her life on two different continents.  A member of the Class of 2015, she is a Political Science and Theology double major who is heavily involved in Campus Ministry. As part of the retreat team, she looks forward to forming profound connections with people, and she also hopes to work toward a more organic relationship with God that is unfettered by doctrine and dogma.  In true Jesuit fashion, she tries to see God in all things, even those things that are not spiritual in nature.  Outside of retreats, you can find Doreen studying in the library, tutoring girls in the neighborhood, enjoying Law & Order: SVU marathons or Dan Brown books, and cooking (she is a foodie who loves stir-fries and trying new things).  Doreen’s spirit animal is a lion, because she is strategic and thoughtful about how she spends her time and energy (but don’t worry, she’s definitely not vicious!).
  Hadley Brochu hails from Raleigh, North Carolina and was born on May 18th, 1993. She is a member of the class of 2015, majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. She absolutely loves her friends and family, Carolina beaches, inspirational sports films, sunshine, brunch food, laughing, running (well, usually…), and kindness. She finds God in the amazing people in her life and in the beauty of nature. And also in those random days during winter when it’s optimistically warm and feels like spring. She loves retreats because they offer time for reflection and prayer, and also the opportunity to make new friends!
 

Julia Casey, Rose Hill class of 2016, was born in Scranton, PA. She’s thrilled to be a part of the retreat team and campus ministry, which she thinks bring out the absolute best of Fordham. When she’s not chipping away at her homework, she’s reflecting and journaling – practicing those writing skills she plans to employ as a future English major. Well, maybe. Julia’s still undecided with regard to her major, but in non-academic pursuits her direction is clear. After her service learning-based Manresa experience, Julia works closely with the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice to truly be a woman for and with others. Julia finds God in her service work and also counts her blessings every summer as God appears to her in the nature surrounding her family’s lake house and in the faces of her cousins with whom she is incredibly close. If you’re not convinced of how amazing Julia is yet, you should also know that her favorite superhero is Beyoncé – a woman as strong, independent, and beautiful as Julia herself.

  Ryan Campbell entered this world in Haverhill, MA on February 4th, 1995. Since then he has moved to Clinton, NJ and has entered the FCRH class of 2017 in order to study Political Science. One of his favorite things to do is go to concerts in the area, particularly if the Arctic Monkeys are playing.
  Annalise Caviasco is a proud Jersey native who studies Psychology on the pre-health track as a sophomore at Fordham College Lincoln Center.  Annalise has a wide array of interests, ranging from fly-fishing to opera, as well as writing, acting, spending time with her family, hiking, traveling, and eating.  Her curiosity makes her a wonderful companion in trying new activities, visiting new places, and eating new foods, but one of her all-time favorite foods is campfire-toasted marshmallows.  Annalise cannot wait to meet each of the retreatants and is looking forward to a hope-filled, wonderful, and enriching year of retreats.
  Monica Cleary is a member of FCRH class of 2015 and hails from the land across the GWB, more specifically a lovely little town named Madison. She is a short-story-reading, tea-drinking, Pinterest-obsessed English and Spanish double major who can often be found unknowingly and fervently speaking Spanglish, to confused audiences of either language. After graduation, she is happy to announce that she will forgo her plan B of camping out on Eddies to attend Fordham’s Graduate School of Education for a Masters in Secondary Education. Although typically more of a quiet presence, Monica will talk anyone’s socks off about a) Shih Tzus, b) babies, c) NBC’s show Parenthood, d) Spanish and Latin food, and e) America’s education system (no judgments for the order).  At Fordham she loves tutoring local ESL kiddies and her job at Father McShane’s office because it’s provided her with 4 built-in grandmas/moms. Monica is returning to Fordham from a semester abroad in Granada, Spain and is muuuy excited to be a member of the retreat team! 
 
Courtney Code Where do we begin?!  Well for one thing, it goes without saying that this girl is just bursting with energy and with life.  As a FCRH Class of 2015 member from New Orleans, she is currently studying both English and Theology.  Each day, she is cultivating her love for writing and fostering her faith, which is always ever growing and evolving.  And each day, she seeks out ways to learn different paths to God through others.  As a returning member of the team, she felt honored to have led the Cor retreat, which was enriching and affirming and a great big blessing for her.  She is surely an incredible force on our retreat team because she is always ready to listen and always has something to contribute.  She is one of those people with the unique ability to capture your attention, and to keep it.  So if you know Courtney, you don’t need us to tell you that she will make you listen and laugh, until you cannot help but love her!  
  Molly Crawford Born in Ithaca, New York, on March 5th, 1994, Molly Crawford is the real life embodiment of an ice princess. She has been a figure skater since she was a little girl and teaches figure skating lessons during her summers. A member of the class of 2017 at Fordham College Rose Hill, Molly is a Theology major. Fordham is a new experience for her, as Molly was home schooled through high school. She currently lives in Germantown, Maryland, but has enjoyed her first year in the Bronx and has been taking advantage of all New York City has to offer. In her free time she loves to explore the city with her friends and let her feet take her where they will! Molly is so excited to serve her first year on the Retreat Team and cannot wait to build a community with all the wonderful people she will meet through the ministry!
 

Clare Deck comes from the great state of California, (Oakland area to be specific) to share her gifts with the Fordham community. Her wide span of knowledge and talent is evident in her many fields of study which include English, International studies and Anthropology. She made sure 1993 ended on a high note with her birth on December 28th. She is very involved in Fordham activities and will surely be missed when she graduates in 2016.  Until then, Clare spends time mentoring through a writing program for kids in the Bronx.  She also really enjoyed her GO Guatemala trip and loves her job were she gets to explore the side streets of Manhattan to report on the local businesses. She is an all-around sweet and fascinating person that everyone should get to know, just do not mention sloths because she really does not like them. 

  Amy Desmarais, FCRH Class of 2017, was born on June 1, 1995. She currently calls the Boston area home, but has lived across the world in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (and is fluent in French!).  Amy is undecided about her major, but she’s interested in comparative literature, Arabic, and marketing – just to name a few! – so who knows where she’ll end up? Amy spends her days reading, running, and cooking. When she’s not behind a book, the stove, or the counter at Rod’s, you can find this girl soaking up some rays on Eddie’s. If you see her on campus, don’t hesitate to stop and say hi! She’s got a strong faith, a friendly face, and she can’t wait to get to know more of this wonderful Fordham community. 
Jason Diaz is attending the College of Rose Hill in the class of 2015. He is from the small town of Glen Rock, located in northern New Jersey. Jason is a young man of many talents and hobbies, including dancing, longboarding, eating, and to a certain extent, singing and playing the ukulele. He has been involved with retreats since his freshman year of high school and is very excited and happy to be a part of this year's Campus Ministry Retreat Team. Jason enjoys leading and attending retreats and loves meeting and being in a community with people who are open to expressing their love for, and relationship with, God. 
 

Kate Dooley – born on July 6, this summer baby is a proud Long Islander, hailing from Huntington, NY. A bundle of joy and smiles, Kate loves exploring new places, meeting new people, catching up on her favorite TV shows, and spending time with her family. She loves driving around Long Island, her favorite season is spring at Fordham (yes, that is its own season), and two of her favorite places in the world are NYC and the Catskill Mountains. A member of the class of 2016, Kate is studying English and American Catholic Studies, and hopes to begin a minor in International Humanitarian Affairs. Faith is a very important part of Kate’s life, and she loves that college has given her a time to grow, question and deepen her relationship with God. She feels so blessed to be on the retreat team and looks forward to all the new friends and experiences the year will bring!

 
Lianna Drobatz was born on September 14, 1993, is from right outside the City of Brotherly Love and a member of FCRH class of 2015. She is perpetually indecisive in regards to a major, but thinks she will study some combination of science and Spanish.  She is completely in love with her family and friends, the moon, writing letters, smiling, bracelets, and musicals, particularly In the Heights.  She is a camp counselor for four-year-olds and thinks that is the greatest age in the whole world.  Lianna loves retreats for the pure joy and relaxation she feels as a result of them and for the unique bonds that can only be created there.  She truly believes she is surrounded by angels and is grateful everyday for their presence in her life.  
  Nick Endo is a member of the FCLC class of 2016 from the Philadelphia, PA area. Although Nick is currently undecided as a major, he is leaning towards Spanish and Natural Science. Nick really enjoys his summer job as the director of a stage show at Sesame Place. Some of Nick's favorite free-time activities include going to the theater, going to the movies, sleeping, eating, and of course, hanging out with friends. His favorite aspect of Fordham retreats is meeting new friends and forming relationships with them. Nick finds God in everyday life in his interactions with friends, in scenic jogs along the Hudson River, and in nature.
 
Tommy Infurna is a member of the class of 2015, majoring in accounting at the Gabelli School of Business. He's a commuter from Westchester, New York who enjoys baseball (especially the Mets!), listening to country and contemporary Christian music, and playing ultimate Frisbee. He is the fifth member of his family to attend Fordham (fun fact: his father was a retreat leader), and in addition to being a retreat leader, Tommy is involved with liturgical ministry as one of the student directors of altar servers. Tommy loves retreat ministry and finds God everyday in the people he meets at Fordham!
  Emma Kilroy's sunny personality brightens the day of everyone she meets. Hailing from the capital of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg - not Philly!), Emma has enjoyed every minute of her time at Fordham so far. She loves doing fun, spur-of-the-moment NYC outings (including a giant pillow fight in Washington Square)... you should definitely ask her about the several times she has gone to see SNL and met the cast members. Emma has a deep love of mango-peach-blackberry smoothies at the Grill and spends her free time jumping for the track team and running at the Botans. Miss Kilroy is so excited to develop the kinds of faith-based relationships she's made in the past here at Fordham through retreat ministry, and "just can't wait to be on retreats all the time!"
  Stephen Kotch is a brand new member of the retreat team, and is so excited for this new opportunity! Stephen is from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and swears that he barely ever hears references to the Billy Joel song of the same name. Although he now hails from the Keystone State, Stephen is originally from the great state of Texas. Even though he moved at a young age, he's probably still more of a cowboy than most (read: all) of the others members of the team. As an undecided major, Stephen is eager to explore his options at Fordham and pursue his eventual course of study. His hobbies include writing, sports, bird watching, and hanging out with friends. He's even friendlier than he looks, so if you see him on campus, stop by and say hey!
Shannon Marcoux was born on April 27, 1994 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a member of Fordham Rose Hill’s Class of 2016, majoring in IPE with a business minor. She lives on campus and has even been an RA. She has many fun memories from the semester, but one of her favorites would be her adventure into all five boroughs of NYC—in a single day! She loves to carry out all her responsibilities and commitments with a heart full of joy. Some interesting facts about Shannon include that she is a terrible driver, a self-proclaimed foodie, and can touch her tongue to her nose. She is also obsessed with cheese. In being a retreat leader, she is excited to be surprised by the many different people she will be meeting through the ministry. In terms of spirituality, Shannon loves to see God in other people, talking to them and learning from their experiences.  Shannon's spirit animal? Monkey. Because they are intelligent but also know how to have a good time.
  Anthony Matus, FCRH ’15, Weather permitting, you’ll probably find him on Eddie’s.  Because we all need sun, right?  And so if you know Anthony Matus, you know that he has brought that (much-needed) Arizona sun all the way to Fordham.  He will, as a new member of our team, bring that S-U-N to retreat ministry, too!  And although he calls Yuma his home, he has carved out a comfy spot for himself here at Fordham, staying busy as a Navy ROTC, Pre-Med Neuroscience major, while still finding time to be a Eucharistic minister, lector, and retreat leader—while still finding time to play some soccer, to go on city excursions, to shoo, and of course, to travel!  He is excited to be a positive influence on the team and for the whole Fordham community, to make himselfa resource for others thinking about going on a retreat, and to become an even greater presence in Campus Ministry.
  Wanda Medina is a junior at Fordham College Lincoln Center. She's a double majoring in History and Latin American Studies. She is a commuter from Yonkers, NY who is very active in the ministries. Wanda enjoys catching re-runs of the housewives and long walks through Central Park.  She also enjoys spending time with children. She has worked in a day care for the past two years and has enjoyed every moment of it.  Because of this, she has decided to pursue a teaching degree and is currently in the 5-year Education Track at Fordham.  As a result of retreats, Wanda has found inner peace and believes it is important to take a break from everyday life to nurture one’s faith.
  Alexander "Alex" Placke, SJ graced this earth with his birth on March 23, 1992. He is from Belleville, Illinois, and believe it or not he commutes to Fordham from home… his new home in Ciszek Hall on Belmont Avenue that is! Alex attended Saint Louis University High School, and upon graduating entered into the Society of Jesus. One of the highlights of his first year at Fordham has been seeing “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway. His involvements on campus include CLC, Praise and Worship, Holy Hour, retreats (of course!), and playing catcher for the Jesuit softball team- the Blaqrobes! In his free time Alex enjoys reading fiction and fantasy novels, cheering for his home town St. Louis Blues hockey team, and is an avid bird watcher- rumors have it that he spotted over 150 species of birds in a single year! He is a huge believer in the Jesuit mantra “Finding God in all things,” which is the guiding force for his faith life. Few people know that Alex's favorite way to waste time on Facebook is by playing the free games, as he is an expert at Farmville!
  Ryan Quinn, a member of the class of 2016 at the beautiful Rose Hill campus, was born on September 9, 1995 in Queens, just in time for the new school year.  You can find Ryan doing a whole lot around the gorgeous Bronx campus such as laying down heavy hits on the Rugby pitch, talking about God with his CLC and the Knights of Columbus, or tossing a Frisbee like Captain America out on Eddie's. Ryan loves to play guitar and write comedy, which probably comes from his sisters convincing him that the word "delicatessen" was a bad word when he was just a wee lad. Ryan's spirituality is best described as being struck by "wonder and awe" by seeing God in all things, and in the next year, Ryan is really excited to start giving back to the Fordham community by sharing his spirituality with his fellow teammates and retreatants.

 

Mary Frances Richardson - On October 6th 1992, the world was given the great and sunny gift of Mary Frances Richardson. A native of the Boston area, Mary Fran spends her time (and probably has done so most of her life) spreading joy to those around her with her big smile and purely kind heart. As a sociology major and history minor, Mary Fran spends her non-school time interning at LIFT, a non-profit organization in the Bronx, working with Jumpstart training college students to work in low-income preschools, and holding a position as an editor of the yearbook. As if that wasn't enough, Mary Fran is also a co-founder of Future Child Advocates of Fordham. She's been on a GO! project, serves as a liturgical minister, loves to travel (and in fact recently went to China!), reads and does yoga...and somehow managed to make time to grace the retreat team with her wonderful presence.  A member of the class of 2015, Mary Frances is most excited to meet new people and to meet herself. She tries to align her head and her heart, be attentive and intentional in her actions, and intends to continuously grow into the person she is called to be. 

 
Lauren Ross was born August 18, 1992 and is a long way from her home in the Rocky Mountains of beautiful Colorado. She is a member of the FCRH class of 2015 studying theology, Spanish, and humanitarian affairs and she hopes to go to medical school. She loves the outdoors, rock climbing, hiking, swing dancing, stargazing, and llamas. She is likely to make weird sounds and say things like “merp”, “mrahhh”, and “shmeh”, but hey, that’s okay. If she could be any superhero, it would most definitely be Batman. She tries to live her life loving people for who they are and where they are, looking for Jesus in each person that she meets. Her favorite things about retreats are talking to people about faith and the peacefulness of the retreat house.
 

Michelle Spotts is a member of the class of 2015 from Cincinnati Ohio. She studies International Political Economy and Spanish.  Michelle finished her semester abroad in El Salvador learning Spanish and accompanying the Salvadoran community.  In her free time she likes to run, read, take naps, and eat ice cream.  She’s super excited to share refection and community through retreats this year!

Hailing from Queens, New York, Dan Stracquadanio is a member of the class of 2015. He is beginning his third year on the retreat team, and cannot wait to continue working with the amazing people and community of retreat ministry that make being a leader so rewarding. Besides being a retreat leader, he is involved in Christian Life Communities, Residence Hall Association, and Global Outreach at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. He was also once asked to be a model for Fordham’s FLASH magazine. Dan sings in the University and Gloria Dei choirs and is a part of the Praise and Worship band. When he’s not busy singing and playing in a band, he sings and plays in a band called the Keating Steps!
  John Tracey is a Fordham Senior from Silver Spring, MD born on the same day as one of his cousins on the eighth day of October in the year 1993. He is a Business and Theology double major that makes it his business to enjoy himself in the Joy of God! He is involved in Ballroom Dancing and loves hiking in the woods, gazing at stars, and running. He can be found on the top of the highest mountain in New York when he isn't in the mysterious bio labs of Larkin or the third floor reading space in Duane. His interesting life led him to the glory of being featured by Humans at Fordham! John is looking forward to retreat ministry and continuing to grow in his faith!
  Caity Vogt is a member of the class of 2017 at Rose Hill. She is from North Attleboro, Massachusetts and is currently undecided in her major, although she hopes that will change soon! She is a runner, avid viewer of The Office, sports enthusiast, and steak lover (specifically filet mignon). Her faith and spirituality are a critical part of who she is and she loves to connect with others who share similar values and interests in cultivating a relationship with God. Caity is part of a CLC on campus and also went on a GO! project to El Salvador during her first semester of college. She loves the prospect of experiencing new things and meeting new people through her involvement on campus. She is looking forward to what the following three years at Fordham will bring her to!
  Peter Welch is a member of the class of 2015 at Rose Hill majoring in Philosophy and Theology. He is from Worcester, Massachusetts and loves Boston sports. In addition to leading retreats, Pete is an intern in the office of Campus Ministry and involved in liturgical ministries. He recently accepted an internship at America Magazine to pursue his interest in writing. He is interested in reading, writing, and all kinds of sports. He is excited that he is able to play a larger role in retreats during his senior year. Follow him on twitter @peter_welch

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