My name is Jamie Berthold. I am from College Station, Texas. I am currently a senior majoring in Special Education. I was born and raised Catholic.
Growing up I was involved with my youth group and had a strong faith background. However, my faith life was dependent solely on those around me. When I started college, I was seeking to be loved and approved by others. The desire to be accepted, lead me down a path that left me feeling broken, empty and used. My freshman year I attended the awakening retreat and instantly became plugged in at St. Mary’s. I met friends who supported me, loved me, encouraged me, and lead me to Christ. I have been involved in the ministry in several ways. In my 4 years at SFA, I have staffed awakening, I coordinated the awakening retreat, served on Core team, and am leading one of the many FOCUS bible studies. Through St. Mary’s campus ministry, I have had many opportunities to grow in my faith and be surrounded by other students who are striving for holiness. I had the opportunity to attend the SEEK conference where I encountered Christ in the Eucharist in a way that radically changed my life, I had the privilege of being an intern at FOCUS new staff training where all of the missionaries around the country were trained to go out and evangelize on campus, and I have had the opportunity to attend many awakening retreats where I have seen lives of many students be impacted.
Being actively involved in St. Mary’s has provided me with resources, friendships, community members, and priests that have been the vessels for which have lead me to a deeper and intimate relationship with Christ. My college experience has been fruitful, and meaningful due to the many people I surround myself with on a daily basis at the ministry. St. Mary’s has become my second home. It is where I cry, laugh, study, eat, and hang out. But most importantly, St. Mary’s is where my heart has been radically transformed and where I found my identity as a beloved daughter of God. As I prepare to graduate this May, I look back with great thanks and appreciation for the ministry and all those who serve us students. I want to thank each of you for being my friend, mentors, and most importantly leading me to the greatest relationship I have never known with our Lord.