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.


Walk in Love 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. Students looking to connect with a mentor for 2020-2021, please email: to learn more. Project leader: Barbara Ashdown

My Spiritual Awakening Speaker Series

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

  • Save the date: Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. – Jennifer Player, CEO Orange County Habitat for Humanity will be our guest speaker on Facebook Live.

2019-2020 speakers were:

  • 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 (Rescheduled for fall 2020)


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. For the 2020-2021 academic year, most Namaste offerings will be virtual. Co-chairs: Jean DeSaix and Meredith Dockery ‘21

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 were scheduled to travel to New York City. Due to the current health-crisis this project is on hold for the 2020-2021 academic year. Team Leader: Chaplain Mary Cat Young

Vocational Discernment Internships

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 calling of Church music as a profession. Mentor: Dr. Joseph Causby

2020 Internships include:

Student Athlete Outreach Chaplain (January -June, 2020)

Digital Ministry Internship (August – December, 2020)


Interested in learning more or volunteering? Contact: The Rev. Mary Cat Young