Rhonda Waters was a 2003 intern; she’s now a postulant for the Diocese of Montreal in her last year of seminary. She is also on the planning team for the 2011 internship.
I was an intern in 2003, the first year of the Montreal Ministry Internship. The possibility that I might be called to ordained ministry had been on my mind and in my heart for quite a few years but I was absorbed in other pursuits. Besides, I was nervous about committing myself to so human an institution as the church which has been a source of deep sadness as well as great joy in my life. The Montreal Ministry Internship presented itself as the perfect opportunity to sort out my feelings about the church and my possible vocation to ordained ministry – and to return to Montreal for a summer. So my husband and I sublet our apartment in New York, where we were attending grad school, and headed north.
That summer proved to be rich with blessings. I formed some very important relationships which continue to enrich my life and my understanding of ministry. I was stretched by my parish placement, my supervisor, and my fellow interns to examine the church, the work of ministry, the role of ordained people, and my personal faith commitments. By the end of the summer, I was quite sure I was called to be a deacon.
But my discernment was not yet finished. Fortunately, the Internship had equipped me with valuable tools for continuing the work of theological reflection on my own and with the church community I eventually found in New York. I came to see that God was indeed calling me to ordination but to the priesthood and I am now in my final year of the M.Div. program at the Montreal Diocesan Theological College. It’s been a somewhat winding path and I am deeply grateful for the grounding provided by my experience in the Montreal Ministry Internship.