San Diego, CA — At an awards ceremony at the annual joint convention of the several Catholic campus ministry associations, the Sr. Seton Cunneen ’65 Summer Service Fellowship program at Trinity was honored as one of seven Exemplary Campus Ministry Programs nationwide.Trinity’s program was honored for “Excellence in Educating for Justice” by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association, National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry and the National Catholic Student Coalition.
Trinity’s Director of Campus Ministry and Associate Dean of Students, Barbara Humphrey McCrabb, who directs the Cunneen Fellowship program, accepted the award on behalf of Trinity. The Catholic Campus Ministry Association is the professional association for campus ministry nationally; the National Association of Diocesan Directors represents and interfaces with the Bishop’s Conference; and the National Catholic Student Coalition represents student perspectives.
Campus ministry programs across the country were nominated for one of six areas of Exemplary Programs: Forming the Faith Community, Appropriating the Faith, Forming the Christian Conscience, Educating for Justice, Facilitating Personal Development and Developing Leaders for the Future. The Cunneen Fellowship program at Trinity was selected as an Exemplary Program in the Educating for Justice category.
The Sr. Seton Cunneen ’65 Summer Service Fellowship was established in 1996 to honor Sr. Seton Cunneen, SND, ’65, Trinity’s former director of campus ministry who is now part of the Campus Ministry program at Gonzaga College High School . The Cuneen Fellowship supports Trinity students who desire to work in community service and is funded through the generous support of the Maurice R. Robinson Fund. Students apply to the program and the Fellowship provides the selected students with a stipend for the summer and provides financial support for housing and transportation. Three to four Trinity students participate each summer.
The Cunneen Fellowship program has been revitalized under the direction of Campus Minister McCrabb, and the program now focuses on community service opportunities to meet the critical needs of the Washington community. McCrabb believes that the program provides extraordinary opportunities for Trinity students: “Sr. Seton’s passion for justice and her commitment to service lives on in these women… A key element of this program is a hallmark of the Sisters of Notre Dame, namely, the transformative nature of education. This fellowship provides an opportunity for students to work, to serve the community, and to gain insights to real social issues which will further their academic and personal development.”
2004 Cunneen Fellows with Sr. Seton Cunneen ’65 and Barbara Humphrey McCrabb, Campus Minister. Front row: Eileen Denny ’07, Sr. Seton, Leticia Maya Callen ’07, Barbara Humphrey McCrabb. Top row: Khrysle Roberts ’07 and Sanada Spellman ’05.
Reflections from Sr. Seton Cunneen Fellows: