Thank You All!

Happy, Thanksgiving! Each year, it is a tradition that a few of our writers reflect on what we are thankful for. We appreciate your constant support of our ministry, and we wish you the best of blessings this holiday season.

“I am thankful for the path God has guided me through. I never would have expected so many great adventures in my life, especially as my college years come to a close, and I have God to thank for opening my heart and mind to new experiences and relationships. I am so grateful that God has surrounded me with over 100 amazingly talented writers from across the country, and I am even more thankful for what God has in store for all of us.”-William Deatherage, Executive Director, The Catholic University of America, Senior

“I am thankful for my friends, family, music, and for God and His desire to know us”-Mary Ryan, Executive Producer, The Catholic University of America, Junior

“I am thankful for my job this past summer, family, Nashville Dominican sisters, and meeting so many new people this year”-Maddie Sanders, Co-Director of Editing, The Catholic University of America, Sophomore

“I am thankful for the friends who have loved me and taught me how to love God, others and myself. I am so thankful for my family and being able To get to see them soon and love them. And finally I am thankful for my religion and the ability to grow closer to God this year and grow in my religion on a further personal level.”-Makayla Ihfedelt, Administrative Manager for Franciscan University of Steubenville, Junior

“I am thankful for all the people God has placed in my life that give me the courage to be authentically myself. It is such a blessing to be in a community that supports me in my successes and picks me up in my failures.”-Kelsey Nowack, Administrative Manager for The Catholic University of America, Sophomore

“I am thankful for God’s creation: me, my Family, my girlfriend, my friends, and my teachers, all of whom God blessed me with who love and care about me, and who I love and care for. I am thankful for my education, and faith. I am most thankful for Christ’s redemptive sacrifice for us all for the forgiveness of sins, and the mass that we may all have access to it.”-Zacky Samaniego, Manager of Production for The Catholic University of America, Junior

“I am thankful for being with friends and family on thanksgiving!” Philip Turner, Manager of Production for University of Creighton, Freshman

“I’m thankful for my friends at Franciscan and especially my household. Also for the opportunity to go to an authentically Catholic school.”-Rachel Alexander, Facebook Manager, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Junior

“I am thankful for the gift of my education, my faith, and my family and friends who God has truly blessed me with.”- Joseph Giessuebel, Instagram Manager, The Catholic University of America, Freshman

“I’m thankful for my family and the great catholic education I have received both in and outside of my home.”-Mary Boneno, Editor of Moral Theology, The Catholic University of America, Sophomore

“I am thankful for the freedom I have and every brave person who stood up and fought to protect it; I am thankful for those who are close to me and all the memories we share; I am thankful for all the struggles that I’ve because they taught me how to have greater empathy and compassion for my fellow human beings.”-Noien, Editor of Special Projects, PhD Candidate

“So many things to be thankful for and so little space to say how grateful I am. One thing I am thankful for is the Eucharist, and by the way, one really awesome thing about the Eucharist is that it etymologically means “Thanksgiving”.”-Leo Pio, Editor of Biblical Theology, The Catholic University of America, Senior

“I’m thankful for my family, my faith, access to an education, and my country.”-Katie Hugo, Board of Strategic Initiatives, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Senior

“I’m thankful for our loving God in the gift of being able to know Him, love him, and serve Him this world so as to be happy with Him in Heaven.  There’s absolutely no reason why He needed to make us or give us the gift of fulfillment, and yet He did.  There’s no reason that He should have given us a second thought after we sinned, and yet He died for us.”-Nick Jones, Board of Strategic Initiatives, University of Rhode Island, Junior

“I am thankful for the opportunities to offer up my suffering so that I and those I love can because so close to Jesus.”-Faith Kowitz, Board of Strategic Initiatives, University of Duluth

“I am thankful for my family and friends (both at CUA and at home), my country, and the people who fight for our freedom that cannot be at home for the holiday season.”-Ben Kelley, Board of Strategic Initiatives, The Catholic University of America, Sophomore

“I am grateful for the people that God places in our lives because He knows that we need companions on our way to Him.”-Lizzie Self, Board of Strategic Initiatives, University of Notre Dame, Sophomore

“I am thankful for God’s mercy, friends and family, s beautiful planet”-Angelica Brice, The Catholic University of America, Senior

“I’m thankful for our Lord”-Jackson Bisienere, The Catholic University of America

“I am thankful for the friends God has given to me to build me up and lead me closer to Him.”-Chris Centrela, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“I’m thankful for the gift of life, for God’s Ocean of Mercy, for the amazing people I’ve been blessed to be surrounded with, and for theatre.”-Patrick Frazier, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Sophomore

“I am thankful for daily crosses, that are God giving me chances to respond to His grace”-Alec Gany, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Sophomore

“I am thankful for all of God’s revealed and unrevealed gifts to me– both the ones I can see and those I have not recognized yet. I give thanks for all of them,”-Nick Geer, The Catholic University of America, Junior

“I am thankful for my faith, family, and friends. I am thankful for the opportunity to grow in holiness despite my weakness. Most of all, I am thankful for the gift of life itself.””-Samuel Ng, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore 

“I’m thankful for an education, for a loving family, and for a homeland that is not stricken by war.”-Elizabeth Noe, The Catholic University of America, Junior

“I’m thankful for being able to spend time with my family after being apart for three months. I am so grateful for being able to study in Ireland and able to grow in friendship with some of the students on the trip.”-Sarah Richthammer, Mount St. Mary’s University, Freshman

“I’m thankful for my mother being so strong, for being able to have the chance to ask questions, and for being able to still love no matter what”-Anonymous

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, everyone! And keep an eye out for a larger Thanksgiving Reflection by Faith Kowitz coming out soon!

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