Maria Chomicka, completing her second Masters in Academic Theological studies-
Maria was born in Kansas City to her first generation Polish Catholic parents. Her family moved to Buffalo where she was home-schooled with her four siblings until she was enrolled in the fifth grade at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Williamsville.
As a shy child it was a difficult transition especially entering into such a large school, however, as her time there went on, she became more and more comfortable and grateful for her experience at St. Greg's. She attributes her growth to her wonderful school, youth group and church experience where she learned how to love and accept herself and grow in self-confidence. St. Greg's also was the catalyst for allowing her to spend time with her extended family in Poland developing her Polish language skills while gaining real world experience at a very young age.
Maria is currently attending St. Bernard's in Rochester to earn her second Master's Degree in Academic Theological Studies where she recently defended her thesis, "Reimagining Humility, a Pastoral Approach for Contemporary Young Women." As she enjoys mentoring many young women, she discusses humility with them and teaches grounding one's identity in love, both God's love and love for oneself. This she feels helps many young people with their own self-confidence, body issues, anxiety and depression.
Because of your dedication and generosity, we can continue to serve those being called to the priesthood, diaconate life, and lay leaders of the Church. We deeply appreciate the sacrifice of your gift and Your commitment to these vocations!
Prayer for Vocations
Almighty Father, You have created for us some definite purpose. Grant us the grace to know the path You have planned for us in this life and to respond with a generous "Yes." Make our diocese, parishes, homes and hearts fruitful ground for Your gift of vocations.