April Gutierrez is a graduate of Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry and is a campus minister for First-Year Experience at Loyola University Chicago. She is a contributor for NCR's most recent e-book: Pope Francis at 100 Days: The World's Parish Priest.
Young Voices: My career as a lay minister thus far has been life-giving, but there has also been a tug to ordination that I have suppressed since I was a girl.
Young Voices: My grandma, throughout her life and even after her death, taught me the significance of ritual.
Young Voices: In uncertain times, the labyrinth prayer practice allows me to connect with God, process my desires and honor the inevitable meandering in prayer.
Young Voices: Students and organizations like Interfaith Youth Core are taking on prejudice and misunderstanding between religious groups with direct, social actions.