Servant Leader Team

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Shelby Platner

Student Campus Minister

Share a favorite memory from CCM: My alternative spring break (ASB) trip freshman year to Mound Bayou, Mississippi. It was my first experience of authentic Catholic community and the most transformative week of my life. I love that we offer these experiences to students to grow in their faith by serving others.

Favorite class at VT? Materials engineering labs. It’s great to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom through hands-on experience.

What do you do in your free time? Admire the beauty of the mountains and our campus, especially in the fall! I also love spending some time with the Lord in the chapel or chatting with friends.

What do you love about being Catholic? The universality of the Church and the gift of daily Mass. I know that in any city, any day of the year, I can physically receive Jesus in the Eucharist. How awesome is that?!


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Joseph Albrigo

Assistant Student Campus Minister

Great CCM memory: Spending all day everyday here doing my zoom classes when everything was shut down for COVID.I also really enjoyed telling my bible study that we were going to meet at 6:45 am on fridays for bible study 🙂

What do you like to do in your free time? I love coming to the Newman house and just sitting around and/or praying in the chapel.

Free time in Blacksburg? I love going on adventures to Salem with my friends or chilling and watching Avatar the Last Airbender.

Favorite class? I loved my thermodynamics class sophomore year.

What do you love about Catholicism? I love the Church’s teaching on theology of the body, it freaking rocks.


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Brendan Ryan

Community Minister

Share a favorite memory from CCM: One of my favorite memories of CCM came at the end of the Spring Semester last year at the Reading Day Picnic. It was a beautiful day and so much fun to celebrate the end of the year at the Newman house. I remember playing volleyball, seeing old friends, and feeling incredibly grateful for the community we have!

Best class at VT? Last Semester, I took a class called “Predicting Social Behavior” which had to be my favorite. We talked about how data can be used to predict and model the future, and it ignited a desire in me to learn more about the power of data.

What do you do in your free time? Often I wind down by finding an empty couch at the Newman House and resting for a few minutes. I also enjoy reading after a long day. I love the many opportunities for escape that Blacksburg offers. Whether it is a hike, walk around town, or trip to the Hahn Garden, there are many opportunities to get out and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Something on your playlist? Power by Man Cub. Lots of energy in that one.


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Tess Small

Communication Minister

What is a great CCM memory? A great memory I have from CCM is going to The Band CAMINO concert with a group of Catholic Hokies and just having fun before coming back to the house for a parking lot glow stick party.

Favorite class? One class that I absolutely LOVED at VT was British Literary History with Professor Tony Colaianne. Amazing class and an amazing professor.

What do you love about being Catholic? Something I love about being Catholic is the unique relationship that our religion has with the Blessed Mother. Momma Mary is super important to me and has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember- my current favorite Marian apparition is Our Lady of Knock

Favorite thing to do on a rainy day? If it’s cool and drizzly outside I love to grab a latte and go to Blacksburg Books and just browse the titles.


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Lauren Osborne

Formation Minister

What is a great CCM memory? A great memory from CCM would be swing dancing after sunday supper! It is so fun learning something new while stepping on your partner’s toes.

Favorite class? I have enjoyed one of my elective classes, Intro to Painting for Non Majors. I got to paint the landscape outside, bonded with classmates, and activated a different part of my brain from Business Technology.

What do you love about being Catholic?

I love being Catholic because of the Rosary and the intercession of Our Lady, the Mother of God. The mediation of each mystery is how I learn more about the life of Christ and how I deepen my relationship with her Son.

What is on your playlist right now? “A Sunday Kind Of Love” by Etta James

Favorite thing to do in Blacksburg? Coffee at Bolos, I may or may not be addicted their decaf brew.


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Rebekah Klewicki

Music Minister

What is a great CCM memory? ASBs are my favorite ‘event’ that Newman has. The community you build living with ~15 people for a week is incredible, and has brought me closer to Jesus than I ever could have come on my own.

Favorite class? My favorite class that I’ve taken is Exercise and Health with Dr. Anderson. The short version of it is, exercise is really good for you! 😉

What do you love about being Catholic? I love the community that comes with being Catholic. I love the solidarity, friendship, inspiration, and accountability that I have found in all of my friends who are also running toward Christ. And we even have the community of people who lived way before us – the saints – rooting for us!

Favorite thing to do in Blacksburg? One of my favorite things to do in Blacksburg is walk the Huckleberry Trail and enjoy the pretty trees, sheep, pastures, etc.


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Eric Hasenbein

Liturgy Minister

What is a great CCM memory? Hard to just pick one, but Fall retreat is always a perfect experience with 150 fellow Catholic Hokies.

Favorite class? For an engineer I have actually liked English 1106 the best so far (lol). I got to write about Catholicism for my papers so it was a great creative break from all the math engineers have to do.

What do you love about being Catholic? Oh so hard to say in a sentence or two, but the universality of The Church, Mass, Confession, Adoration, all of Her sacraments and all of the gifts given to us from the Trinity. The beautiful tradition, scriptures, and the vast amount of prayers given to us from the Trinity and all of our saints who are our friends in Heaven.

What’s on your playlist? Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.


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Joseph Clement

Service and Justice Minister

What is a great CCM memory? My freshman year, we weren’t able to have ASB’s, so instead we went and helped out a few local places. I did some work at Camp Tuk a Way. I loved the opportunity to do some simple work with my hands and further get to know some amazing people.

Favorite class? Intro to Astronomy. I never knew a whole lot about what’s going on in the sky, but that class was awesome. My mind was blown at the scale of the universe and how big everything is. It really helped me appreciate the Glory of the Lord in that while we are so small, He came to us.

What do you love about being Catholic? Something I love about being Catholic is how everything has a purpose. I can recognize that even in the hardest days, there is a purpose to whatever is going on.

A song on your playlist? Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf. It’s not my favorite song, but I’ve got some great memories from my childhood associated with it.


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Henry Forsyth

New Evangelization Minister

What class have your loved at VT? I had a blast in my integrated design class. It was a project class where I had the chance to work on circuit design, 3D printing, and coding.

How do you spend your free time? I really enjoy running around the farms and paths in Blacksburg. Being an engineer who is constantly at his computer, nature is the perfect place to relax. If it’s been a hard day, oftentimes I’ll grab a 15 minute nap, then be ready to go again. Otherwise, you’ll find that I’m hanging out with friends to help me enjoy my free time!

What do you love about being Catholic? I love how we lift one another up. “Catholic Guilt” and “Fraternal Correction” can have negative connotations, but there’s nothing wrong with them when they are meant to encourage us, make us better people, and keep us on the straight path.

Something on your playlist? “Run Devil Run” has definitely been a recent favorite.


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Tiernan Barber

Outreach Minister

Favorite class? I really enjoyed all the fun facts I learned in my Food History class.

What do you love about being Catholic? The depths to which you can explore the faith and the community that joins you on that journey.

What is on your playlist right now? Gangster’s Paradise by Coolio

What do you like doing in your free time? Eat. I can eat a lot.