The first time juniors come in contact with the Field Education office is usually at a tea and information session for new students in August. After that, there is a more formal orientation to field education in which students learn about the purpose of field education, and the typical timeline and process by which they should complete this component of their degree.
For the majority of their junior year, but especially in the fall semester, students are encouraged to visit different parishes in the area and get a sense of where they might want to serve, or what types of ministry experiences they want to experience as part of field education.
The greater DC area has such a rich variety of parishes and other ministry sites, that students must reflect on what type of learning environment is most meaningful to their future ministry. To assist them in this, each student must meet with the Director of Field Education, Allison St. Louis to discuss their interests and where these interests can best be met. The hope is that by January or February, students have narrowed their options down to a few sites where they will apply and be interviewed for a position that will begin in the following school year (the student’s middler year).