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Meet Campus Minister Felicity

From College Captain in 2015 to her current role as Campus Minister, Felicity Jones has walked with many students of St Mary’s College Ipswich on the journey towards a brighter tomorrow.

As a student, Felicity has great memories of her time at St Mary’s, and says it was where she grew. “The College gave me lifelong friendships, pushed me to succeed and to achieve, encouraged me to be involved in everything so I could learn what I liked and what I was good at, and believed in me when I didn’t really believe in myself,” she said.

“I can still remember the shock I felt when I was announced as College Captain – it never crossed my mind once!”

Extra-curricular activities were a highlight of Felicity’s time at St Mary’s, including a trip to New Zealand as a member of the College Choir and Open Netball Team.

“It was a joy to express myself culturally and to play netball at various schools,” she said.

“Mr Glenn Carpenter, the Sport Program Leader at the time, was a great blessing to us and always went above and beyond to assist us with sport, but also our academics. He even helped me put together a resume! That support was so valuable.”

Felicity said St Mary’s kept her connected to the faith, even when she didn’t want to be, which was the best thing for her.

“Through St Mary’s, I made a good friend in Fr Chukwudi Chinaka, who showed me what faith could be like, who led me straight to Jesus for the first time. St Mary’s was, is, and always will be a huge part of God’s plan for me and who He knows I am becoming!”

Working as Campus Minister, Felicity helps to coordinate Faith and Mission activities, encouraging students to actively live the Christian life. Weekly Connect Group helps students to explore, challenge and understand their own faith; the College Social Justice Committee plans fundraising and awareness initiatives; Chapel Mass is held each Friday in the College Chapel. Students can also volunteer with Rosie’s and DanDaLion Friends and donate to St Vinne’s Appeals. All of these activities focus on either giving back to the community, supporting the parish, or personal faith formation.

Beyond the College, Felicity is an active member of the local parish, Ipswich Catholic Community. For three years, she volunteered as the Youth Coordinator of The Hive Youth and Young Adults Ministry.

“We brought a lot of people together and grew closer to Christ as young Catholics aged between 12 and 35,” she said.

“Being part of the parish has allowed me to meet so many people and really understand the definition of community. There is a lot of goodness in the parish and I am grateful for the involvement I have had over the years and the people I have met along the way,” Felicity said.

Drawing on her experience as a student at St Mary’s, her knowledge from her Bachelor of Theology, and time spent helping young Christians, leading by example remains Felicity’s focus. “More than anything, it is important for me to be an authentic witness in my role. For students at a formative age, living in a society where they are told faith doesn’t belong, it is so important for them to see other young people living the faith unapologetically and without fear. I love my faith – I study it, my work is founded in it, it is my life and the girls know that.”