Polaniecki to Lead Campus Ministry
"My job is to bring enthusiasm to the office of Campus Ministry, to get the students excited about the practice of their faith, and to provide activities and opportunities that are integral to campus life for all the students at Holy Cross College," Andrew summed up his new role for the readers of Connections.
With last year's promotion of Robert Kloska to Vice President of Mission Advancement, Amelia (Marcum) Ruggaber HCC '03 was promoted to Director of Campus Ministry and served in the post for the ‘08-'09 school year. However, while juggling a young family she decided to become a dorm director for the next school year which opened the post for Polaniecki.
"We are really excited to have Andrew coming on board," said Kloska. "He is a young man with a great educational background for this new role, lots of experience motivating young people, and experience as a high school theology teacher, coach, and student leader."
After graduating from Notre Dame High School in Niles, IL, Andrew went on to the University of Notre Dame where he received his BA in 2003 with a major in Philosophy and second major in Environmental Science as well as a minor in Theology. "During my first 3 years at Notre Dame I was part of the Old College Program, the undergraduate formation program for the Congregation of Holy Cross. Although I discerned during these years that I was not called to the religious life, I did come to believe that I was called by God to serve his Church by being involved in the education and lives of young men and women," Andrew explained.
In 2008 he completed his MA in Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans while also working full time as a high school theology teacher at Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Among the top Catholic high schools in the country, Jesuit H.S. recently graduated 243 seniors, 35 of whom were National Merit Semi-Finalists. The school also won four state championships this year in soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling. Andrew Polaniecki coached the high school's state runner-up cross country team.
Andrew will be moving with his family from New Orleans to Michiana. His wife Andre' a native of Port Barre, Louisiana (a small town 2 hours west of New Orleans) is also a 2003 University of Notre Dame graduate with a BA in Theology. The couple has two boys, Gabriel who is three, and David who is one.