Saint Joan of Arc House Intro

House Chairs:

Jeremy Sulistio

Howdy, my name is Jeremy Sulistio, and I am a Senior Finance major from Katy, Texas! Funny story about my major, I came into A&M for pre-med as a freshman. Then, in my sophomore year, I changed to Finance, because I couldn’t wrap my head around what I was learning in Biology. I still wanted to work with people, but I just didn’t know exactly in what way God was calling me to use my gifts to serve others. However, in my Junior year, I joined the RCIA team at St. Mary’s and instantly fell in love with the ministry. It awoke in me a deeply passionate desire for faith formation. Now, I am currently discerning the priesthood, looking into a Director of Religious Education position, and youth ministry. A few fun facts about me are that my confirmation saint is St. Vitalis of Gaza, my favorite verse in the bible is Genesis 2:23-25, and I’m a big fan of writing and journaling!

Phoebe Cash

Howdy! My name is Phoebe, and I am a senior at TAMU studying to be an elementary teacher. I grew up in a military family, so home moves around for me a lot, but one of my favorite places where we lived was Italy. A little bit about my spiritual journey: I was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition and came into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2016. A-WHOOP! The Lord has truly blessed me in this calling. I have come to understand in a deeper way Jesus’ words - “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10). What a joy for me to serve on Connect Retreat! I look forward to meeting you all. God bless! P.S. My favorite color is green.

About St. Joan of Arc:

Joan of Arc was born to a poor tenant farmer in France, around 1412 AD. At the age of 13, Joan, a devout Catholic, began to hear voices which she believed to be from God. During this time in history, France and England were at war and had been for many years. The voices Joan heard told her to free France from England. After going to the rightful king of France Charles VII (stripped of his crown by the English), Joan led the French army against the English forces, bearing a holy banner dedicated to Jesus and Mary. She won several decisive battles and paved the way for Charles’ coronation in 1429. However, she was captured by the English in 1430 and imprisoned. The English condemned her as a heretic and a witch. To save her life, Joan was commanded to recant her testimony of voices which she did. A few days later, Joan repented of this and defiantly reconfirmed her story. The English burnt her at the stake. She was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1920.

Lauren Gulde