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Catholic Community Connection celebrates 2022 summer fellows

Catholic Community Connection celebrates 2022 summer fellows

Catholic Community Connection celebrated the completion of its 2022 Summer Fellows Program with a ceremony in August. The annual program consists of 10 weeks of real-world experience within the Catholic ministries of Cleveland. The fellowship prepares students mentally, professionally and spiritually as they make decisions for their future careers.

Three students participated in the 2022 fellows program: Blaire Barr, Caroline DiFabio and Andre Allen. Two fellows were mentored by their organization and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. Sr. Nancy Hendershot, CSA, and Sr. Ruth Ann Patrick, CSA, were mentors for Blaire. She is a student at Notre Dame College and her fellowship was at Regina Health Center within its human resources department. Her supervisor, Joyce Haynes, had Blaire work on various assignments. She gained experience hiring individuals for different roles within the organization. At the ceremony, Mark Yantek, executive director of Regina Health Center, reflected upon how he was delighted to hear Blaire professionally speak to job-seeking candidates.

Sr. Catherine Walsh, CSA, was Caroline’s mentor. Caroline is a student at John Carroll University, and she spent her fellowship at St. Augustine Health Ministries. She worked in the marketing department and was able to get hands on experience conducting campaigns and running its social media page.

Andre is a student at Notre Dame College. Andre spent his time at Catholic Cemeteries working in the IT department. He was able to get an in depth look at how large businesses manage apps, network security and more.

Marian Rubin, president of Catholic Community Connection (CSA Associate) opened the ceremony. Sue Gaughan and John Parente (CCC staff) assisted with the details of the fellows program throughout the summer. The ceremony included lunch, prayer and closed with reflection time about the fellows program. The mentors and fellows came together to share gratitude for each other and for the opportunity to collaborate.

Pictured are Sr. Nancy Hendershot, CSA, Blaire Barr, Joyce Haynes and Mark Yantek

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