Meet Grace Brick ’21
Our Standout Student for Spring 2021

Major: Theology and Religious Studies (Youth Ministry Emphasis)
Minor: History
Graduation date: May 2021
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.

Organizations and activities: 
  • OUT|Loud Student Co-Chair
  • Chiara Catholic Women’s Group
  • Academic Support Services Tutor
  • Catechist and Communications Coordinator at SNC Parish

Scholarships and awards: 
  • John F. Kennedy Scholarship
  • DeWane/Berne Abbey Award
  • SNC HS Partnership Award
  • Exemplary Leadership Award

St. Norbert gives students the opportunity to experience the richness of college life, pursue their dreams and expand their knowledge.

Proudest achievement at St. Norbert:
My proudest achievement at St. Norbert College is to sit on the preparation team (and now as a student co-chair) of the OUT|Loud ministry. OUT|Loud helps welcome minorities into the parish – regardless of their race, sexual orientation or gender. As part of the ministry, we host a variety of different events to help promote ally-ship to groups on the margins of the church. These events include an interfaith service, which I planned and ended up having seven different religious leaders participate in, and a new initiative called the Upper Room, which is a place for students to discuss upcoming Gospel readings and give feedback to presiders in the parish for their homilies.

Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is either the Pennings Room or the National Shrine to St. Joseph, both in Old St. Joseph Church. We are so blessed to have a national shrine on campus and I love being able to spend time there praying. As for the Pennings Room, it’s my favorite place to do homework, since it usually is not very crowded and offers a very peaceful environment.

How I feel about my involvement in campus life:
I feel like through my involvement in campus life I have made so many lifelong connections with members of both the college community and greater Green Bay area.

Plans for the future: Upon my graduation, I will be moving to Jeffersontown, Ky. (outside of Louisville), and working as the director of faith formation for St. Edward Catholic Church – a parish that has about 1,100 families.

What I’ll remember most about SNC:
I will remember the faculty and staff at St. Norbert the most. Specifically, Craig Ford [associate professor of theology and religious studies] and Fr. Mike Brennan, for always having their doors open and listening to me and giving me advice; Amy Keehan from the parish for becoming my campus mom and always giving me a safe place to talk about anything and everything; and Rachel Hjort, from the Mail Center, for always being able to cheer me up on days when I’m stressed out. These faculty and staff members (and so many more) have made a tremendous impact on my life and have really lived out the value of communio. I am so grateful that we have such a tight-knit community.