Saint Padre Pio House Intro

House Chairs:

Keli Lensing

Howdy! I am Keli Lensing and I’m a Nursing major from McKinney, TX, and I am so excited to get to know you and serve you at Connect! I’m going to be a senior this year (tears) and for fun I love to bake and play sports, mostly soccer and sand volleyball. A fun fact about me is that I have been to over 30 concerts, I love live music! Getting to spend my college years at St. Mary’s has been so amazing and has helped me to know the abundant life Christ calls us to. God works through each person here to help me feel His unconditional love and reckless pursuit for me. I’ll be praying for you!

John Michael Fuhrmann

Howdy! My name is John Michael Fuhrmann and I am a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lindsay, Texas, and I am enjoying abundant life here in College Station. For my whole life, I have loved the worlds of sports, agriculture, and wholesome friendships. I enjoy taking care of my own cattle herd and I love hanging out and playing basketball or football or volleyball or literally anything with a ball. However, the thing I have appreciated the most about coming to college is the community that the Lord has so graciously gifted me through St. Mary’s. This community has given me friends who not only love to “meme” around, but are constantly pushing me towards sainthood. They have encouraged me to realize that being myself is exactly what the Lord delights in and most importantly, this community has been right by my side when times have been tough. I have absolutely loved the first two years of college and can’t wait for the new relationships, fun opportunities, growth, and joy of the next two!

About St. Padre Pio

Our house’s Saint is St. Padre Pio, the patron saint of adolescents, stress relief, and civil defense volunteers. St. Padre Pio was born in 1887 in Italy and by age 5 committed his life to Christ. He could see guardian angels as well as speak to Jesus and Mary; this was so normal and regular for him that he thought everyone did it. St. Padre Pio battled many illnesses such as gastroenteritis and typhoid fever, but by age 15 he entered the Capuchin friars at Morcone. When hearing confessions, he felt pain in his hands and feet. He then noticed the stigmata, the wounds of Jesus. St. Padre Pio was also said to levitate and perform many miracles.

Lauren Gulde