My Spiritual Awakening

My Spiritual Awakening: Reflections, Resources and Renewal of Vocation is a Lilly Endowment grant funded set of programs that provides opportunities for undergraduate students at public institutions of higher education housed at The Chapel of the Cross.

There are working groups for each of the projects listed below. Starting in 2020, projects will be co-chaired by student leaders and parishioners.


Mentors for Students

The Chapel of the Cross parishioners are paired with students who are glad to have an adult in their life to walk with them through a season of learning, exploration and vocational discernment throughout the academic year.

Co-chairs Barbara Ashdown and Megan Yearger ‘20


My Spiritual Awakening Speaker Series

2019-2020: Accomplished leaders across a variety of professional areas discuss their journey to the profession they hold and their spiritual journey along the way. Students have the opportunity to meet with the speaker and partner organizations over a meal following the moderated conversation and Q and A.

Co-chairs Jean Greer and Paul Ashdown

2019-2020 speakers are:

  • October 27, 2019 – Cameron Graham Vivanco, Missionary, Quito, Ecuador
  • November 12, 2019 – Dr. Joseph Causby, Director of Music and Organist, The Chapel of the Cross
  • February 11, 2020 – Elizabeth Brewington, North Carolina Council of Churches, Partners in Health and Wholeness
  • March 17, 2020 – Jennifer Player, CEO Orange County Habitat for Humanity


Namaste: Mind, Body, Spirit Integration

Offerings such as Yoga for Wholeness and Healthy Eating sessions will give students practical experience in self-care and reflection on integration of the whole self while currently students and preparing to transition to post-college/professional life.

Co-chairs: Jean DeSaix and Meredith Dockery ‘21


Student Athlete Outreach

Student athletes experience significant transitions in the blink of an eye when there are unexpected interruptions in one’s physical, mental or spiritual health. Through a funded internship for an assistant chaplain, this project seeks to expand our reach and companionship to serve student athletes both in times of academic and vocational planning, and in times of transition when unexpected changes come about.

Team: Chaplain Assistant Nicole Kiszenia, Mary Cat Young and Meg Flournoy


Transformative Travel

Retreats and Service-learning oriented travel opportunities will provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on, real-world experience with non-profit, direct service and ministry work, while also learning practices for self-reflection and vocational discovery. Students have traveled to England and Tennessee. In March 2020 students will travel to New York City.

Team Leader: Chaplain Mary Cat Young


Veteran Outreach

Working in conjunction with the Carolina Veteran Center, this offering is supporting the needs of those integrating student life with their experience as veterans.  Our ministry seeks to nourish these students in mind, body and spirit, partnering with them for feeding programs and building community connections.  Through the time and presence of our volunteers we build bridges between this particular community and our Namaste events, Mentoring program, and other offerings.

Team Leader: Alice Dawson


Vocational Discernment Scholarships

Students are given an opportunity to delve deeply into an internship in a vocational field they are discerning about with the companionship of spiritual reflection, mentors and, leadership and study opportunities. In 2019-2020 this project provides funding for a Choral Scholar who participates in the full musical life of the parish of The Chapel of the Cross. This choral scholar has opportunities to learn, lead and reflect on the particular calling of Church music as a profession.

Mentor: Dr. Joseph Causby


Finding Your Purpose Forum

A day-long offering of speakers, workshops, creative formation and small group reflection time, engaging students seeking to find a deeper intersection of their spiritual life and career oriented areas of study.

Completed in September 2019.


Interested in learning more or volunteering?

Contact: The Rev. Mary Cat Young