For Deyja Donohue, current student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, religion has played a key role in the formation of her life. Born and raised in the Virgin Islands and brought up with her family in the Catholic Church, she was actively involved as an altar server and in youth group. As a teenager, she dabbled with the idea of becoming a nun, wanting to completely engulf herself in religion and God, but decided it wasn’t the path for her. Instead, she pursued an undergraduate degree at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, studying religion and philosophy.
“I think everyone should have a significant education in religion, because it is good to know what you believe and why you believe it,” she says.
Not only that, but it’s an education that can change your life. At least it did for Deyja. Entering college, burnt out and frustrated, she says she was on the verge of being agnostic; however, in learning more about the history of religion, she felt herself challenged, causing her faith to...
For the past nine years, the Rev. Betty Angelini ’09 has been leading Crestfield Camp and Conference Center, a Christian ministry facility of the Pittsburgh Presbytery located in Slippery Rock, Pa. Not only does Betty welcome campers to traditional on-site programs, but Crestfield also joins with local Presbyterian churches to assist with summer day camps. Additionally, Mission Possible camps bring young people to the facility and then provide opportunities for mission work in the local field.
Recently Betty’s work of bridging the Word and the world covered more of the map. For the first time, she and others from Crestfield went around the globe to provide a camp experience for children in Africa. At the invitation of the Rev. Ken White ’76, associate pastor at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, and the PCUSA Mission Agency, members of Crestfield worked with the children of mission co-workers in Africa. For a week in April, Betty joined Ken, who was serving as spiritual d...