Scholar Profile: Finding his calling at Notre Dame

Author: Ryan Milburn

Catalino Espino

Before Catalino Espino ’18 came to Notre Dame, he hoped he would have an opportunity to explore his faith and help others do the same. “I wanted to get involved in some sort of service or ministry to help cast the light of God for people who haven’t seen it yet,” Catalino says, “and in the process, I wanted to grow myself.”

As a small-group leader in the Notre Dame Vision program, he found the perfect opportunity to do both. This summer as part of Notre Dame Vision, Catalino and approximately 60 other Notre Dame students helped more than 1,000 high school students examine and express their faith. “We’re in charge of helping students discover themselves in their faith and to develop a sense of what they’re being called to do,” Catalino says. “It’s been very rewarding.”

The experience has also inspired the Neuroscience major to pursue a minor in theology. “I took my first theology class here and it opened up a new world about how I think about this faith.”

Sarah Kubinski contributed to the editing of this story.