Fundraising to study Theology at Christendom

Hello,
My name is Michelle Kelly. I am 20 years old and am from Co.Mayo, Ireland. I am fundraising to cover part of my tuition in order to return to college this Autumn 2020 at Christendom College in Virginia, USA. I  am seeking to continue my Liberal Arts degree, with an intended major in Theology. With this degree in Theology, I hope to become a Director of Religious Education and work within dioceses in Ireland with hopes to reform the way the faith is passed on in Ireland in our parishes, our schools and in our homes.

I attended Christendom College as a Freshmen from August last til this May and loved every second of it. The subjects that I studied included Theology, Philosophy, History, English, Latin, Math and Science. I learned so much and enjoyed the academic challenge and in this past semester, I achieved five A's and one B in my studies.  I loved the rich, Catholic atmosphere on campus and the daily opportunity to attend mass, confession and adoration from our chapel in the heart of campus. I was able to study as well as participate in extracurricular activities. I was chosen to be a Student Ambassador by the college (which involves showing prospective students around campus) and have been selected to be a Resident Assistant for this Fall (which involves cultivating community on campus and within the dorm, as well as ensuring college rules are observed). My year at Christendom included praying as a group outside an abortion clinic, volunteering at the Dominicans sisters, personally organising two events for undergraduates, attending the Pro-life rally in January in Washington DC with my college, participating in intramural sports, taking a course on Theology of the Body and working on campus in the cafeteria and in the offices in order to pay for college. 

By the grace of God, I was able to pay for my year's tuition through my savings and with the help of the generosity of others. I find myself once again appealing to the generosity of others in order to continue my journey in college. I myself am continuously working in order to save up for Christendom and will again have to work two jobs on campus in order to make my Christendom journey a reality! However, I believe that all this work is worth it, as the education I will gain is invaluable. Nevertheless, I still find myself  €6,000 short of the fee needed. Anything that you can give to contribute would be greatly appreciated!

May God bless you and keep you,
Michelle Kelly
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