Meg Costantini (Megan.E.Costantini@nd.edu)
- B.A. History and Honors, Theology Minor; Villanova University, 2011
- M. of Divinity; University of Notre Dame, expected graduation date May 2015
Meg is our new Graduate Assistant at the GRC. Two years ago, she moved from the East Coast to begin a Master's Program at the University of Notre Dame. As a third year Master of Divinity student, she looks forward to soaking up everything her last year as an official student has to offer her.
During her time in the M. Div., Meg primarily served people who have cognitive and physical disabilities through LOGAN Center in South Bend and St. Pius X Parish of Granger. At St. Pius, she was a catechist in the Children of St. Angela Merici Program, an educational service for children who have disabilities. Meg also co-led a seminar for undergraduate students through Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns. In this program, she helped guide students through an immersion experience with L'Arche in Washington, D.C. The weeks of preparation and the trip itself truly proved to be an incredible experience. She already loved Jean Vanier, but this certainly solidified his influence in Meg's life.
Before moving to the Midwest, Meg lived in Lawrence, MA where she served as an Augustinian Volunteer. Her position was with Campus Ministry at Merrimack College where she worked as the Coordinator of Service and Volunteerism. It was at Merrimack that she continued to deepen her faith and dedication to social justice, prompting her to enroll at Notre Dame. When she graduates, she hopes to either continue serving young adults or people who have disabilities. Perhaps both!
Outside of work, you can find Meg on 'the block' with the Catholic Worker community. She also loves exploring all that South Bend has to offer with her friends. Feel free to stop by and ask her about dance, books, baking, the original Star Trek, Villanova basketball, really anything. She appreciates a good conversation.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." -- Hebrews 11:1
“Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.” -- Jean Vanier, Becoming Human
"I hope you’ve met at least one 'Kingdom person' in your life. They are surrendered and trustful people. You sense that their life is okay at the core. They have given control to Another and are at peace, which paradoxically allows them to calmly be in control. A Kingdom person lives for what matters, for life in its deepest and lasting sense. There’s a kind of gentle absolutism about their lifestyle, an inner freedom to do what they have to do—joyfully. Kingdom people feel like grounded yet spacious people at the same time, the best of the conservative and the best of the progressive types at the same time. Kingdom people are anchored by their awareness of God’s love deep within them and deep within everyone else, too. They happily live on a level playing field, where even God has come to 'pitch his tent'." -- Richard Rohr