We are excited to welcome a new member to the St. Luke's family. Hillary "Hilly" Martinez began working with us this past week and will be here for the next 10 months. Below is an article she wrote for our Sept. newsletter introducing herself to the parish.
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Hi St. Luke’s! My name is Hillary Martinez. I’m a recent Duke graduate and I’ll be interning at St. Luke’s for the year. As a Duke student, I was active in Duke Chapel’s PathWays program. PathWays was designed by the Chapel to facilitate conversations and experiences around the topic of calling and discernment. After my freshman year, I spent a summer living in the PathWays House (just off of Duke’s East Campus) and interning with a tutoring center in the Cornwallis housing project. Now, I’m back in the PathWays house, this time for a yearlong placement as a fellow.
In order to foster thought and prayer on vocation among the fellows, the PathWays program has several components: The four fellows live in intentional Christian community, participating in daily morning prayer and sharing meals and conversations. As fellows, we also audit classes in Duke’s divinity school, selecting subjects in line with our vocational interests. In order become active members of our community, we volunteer one to two hours a week within Durham’s West End. Lastly, each fellow has a part-time placement at an organization in Durham. I’m thrilled that I get to spend my fellowship year with you here at St. Luke’s. I can’t wait to get to know each of you personally over the course of the year, but in the meantime here’s a little bit about me:
I was raised in Southern California just off the campus of UC Irvine. I have three older sisters and six nieces and nephews (though five of them live in the Fiji Islands so I spend a lot of time on Skype!). As an undergrad, I majored in English and minored in Education. For my senior thesis, I put together an interactive poetry exhibit, which was a ton of fun and a creative practice that I hope to continue to explore in coming years. I love reading, writing, running, traveling, and hiking. I’m excited about the adventures that God has in store for this placement year and I’m looking forward to learning about you and learning from you in the coming months.