“No matter how you look at it, Loras most certainly prepares one for success."
-Nathaniel Gee ('09)
Nathaniel Gee reluctantly agreed to visit Loras College after being recruited for the football team in 2005. He was not interested in pursuing a college smaller than the high school he attended, but an encounter with a Loras senior changed his mind.
“The entire time we spoke about God and our faith. While I had considered academics and athletics, until that point I had never thought about spiritual growth as part of my college experience.
“It was at Loras that I went to Mass for the first time. I entered the Church and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist for the first time. I experienced holy love and began intensely discerning the priesthood within religious life.”
Nathaniel found his place within Campus Ministry and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) community while pursuing his degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies as a student-athlete in football and track. He describes his involvement with both groups as essential to his formation and as core forces in his Loras experience.
After graduating, Nathaniel spent a year with the Dominican Order discerning the priesthood and three years teaching Theology at Columbus Catholic in Waterloo, Iowa, where he earned Teacher of the Year honors. He has returned to Loras as a Spiritual Life intern while pursuing graduate degrees in Psychology and Theology.
“I continue to be amazed by the passion, sacrifice, care and love of the faculty and staff here at Loras College who truly do all they can so students receive the most in education, in personal and spiritual formation and in what I call ‘the school of life.’
“Success is measured in many ways – some look at it as financial, others as whether or not you have a job, status or career. All those things are important, of course, and Loras certainly provides avenues for success in such areas in incomparable ways.
Within our pursuits, if success is also growing within one’s capacity to live out the greatest commandments of love, then I’d say, no matter how you look at it, Loras most certainly prepares one for success.”
Nathaniel’s decision to attend Loras and his pursuits during his time as a student and beyond were supported by scholarships.
Nathaniel Gee (’09) is currently interning in the Spiritual Life Office while working towards his master’s degrees in Psychology and Theology.
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