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Living a Liturgical Lifestyle

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What would our life look like if it was centered around the liturgical calendar? UST alumna, blogger and Director of Liturgical Life at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, has lived with that question and has some answers.

In this episode of BOLD, Isabel sits down with Steffani to understand the idea of living a liturgical life. They talk about her UST experience, growing in faith and how answering God's call has put her on this path.

For more on Steffani Aquila follow her on Instagram, Facebook or visit her website.



  1. Embrace and celebrate living a joyful, Christian life.
  2. Don't separate your normal life and your Catholic life. Integrate them through the gift of liturgy and liturgical seasons.
  3. Think of fun, interesting ways to live the Tradition of the Church in your home.


  1. Do you integrate the liturgical seasons in your everyday calendar?
  2. Reflect on one feast day that you'd like to start celebrating every year.
  3. How can you more fully celebrate liturgical life with your family and friends?

Knowing You Belong

In this episode of BOLD, Isabel Garcia sits down with Martin Silguero Jr., a senior pre-med cell and molecular biology major, participant in the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) and future med school student. They talk about Martin's UST experience, his preconceived ideas of what it would be like to attend a Catholic University as a non-Catholic and how he found his people on campus!

They also discuss his involvement in student government, clubs and the challenges of balancing studies and other responsibilities. Finally they talk about why he wants to be a doctor and how he hopes to serve his community.

The Story of Two “JAMP-ers” Accepted to Medical School | UST Newsroom

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Dancing with God’s Plan

When Kamryn Spell started dancing her life changed! Soon she was performing with the Houston Ballet, dancing for the Radio City Rockettes and pursuing a life's dream as a professional dancer. But when an unexpected injury derailed her plans she turned to God to figure out what is next. Next was a surprise for Kamryn, but she found her home at University of St. Thomas-Houston.

Isabel Garcia, host of BOLD, sits down with Kamryn to hear that story and find out how God moved her to pursue higher education at UST.

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A Search for Truth

In this episode of BOLD, Isabel Garcia sits down with Hanna Shanar, an author, musician, medical student and UST alumnus, to talk about his book "A Search for Truth." They discuss the compatibility of faith and science and how UST set him up for success.

"A Search for Truth" by Hanna Shanar

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God Always Has a Plan

This is Pat Gunning, Campus Minister at UST. In this episode of BOLD, we talk to Pat about his first semester serving as the campus minister at UST and how his personality plays a huge role in the work that he does. We also talk about the rollercoaster that is our faith journey and how God always has a plan for us.

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Esports Unites Competition & Academics

This is Daniel Ibrahim and Justin Pelt. Daniel is a Sophomore here at UST majoring in Business and minoring in Esports. Justin is the Assistant Director and Coach of Esports at UST.

In this episode we jump on the Esports bandwagon and learn how our students are getting a coveted education in the gaming industry that is sought after nationwide. Daniel shares his experience of finding UST from his home in Southern California and Justin explains why Esports at UST is already strong only in its first year.

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The Musical World of Hamilton Loomis

This is Hamilton Loomis. Hamilton is Galveston-born, world-touring blues, rock and soul musician. He is a UST Alumnus and is also a protege of the musical legend, Bo Diddley! But, most importantly, he is a family man.

In this episode of BOLD, Hamilton talks about life as touring musician. He shares stories of his education, both collegiate and musical, and talks about how music and travel opened his mind. Finally he talks about the challenges of balancing a family and music.

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Sing a Song of Joy

Kechi Okwuchi is Nigerian-born author and award-winning singer. You may recognize her from her performance on America’s Got Talent. She is an inspirational and TEDX Keynote speaker, bully-prevention advocate and an MBA student here at the University of St. Thomas.

In this episode of Bold, we talked about Kechi’s wild ride, from graduating with a business degree from UST to participating in America’s Got Talent, and the whirlwind of publicity that came after! We also talk about Kechi’s return to St. Thomas, and why she is pursuing an MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship.

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"More Than My Scars: The Power of Perseverance, Unrelenting Faith, and Deciding What Defines You" by Kechi Okwuchi

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Alumna's Bold Voice Brings New Opportunities 

Success Can Be Sweet

In this BOLD, Isabel talks to Jasmine Chida, the owner of SweetCup Gelato & Sorbet, a local gelato shop that makes world class treats. They talk about the joy and challenges of being an entrepreneur and Jasmine shares the SweetCup origin story, how a honeymoon trip to Italy changed the course of her life forever.

To learn more about Jasmine and SweetCup, follow them on Instagram: @sweetcupgelato.


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Back to School!

Students have spent the last year and a half taking classes from home via Zoom. Now, with the opportunity to take classes in person - with the proper precautions of course - students are looking forward to all of the benefits that come along with in person classes.

In this special episode of BOLD Isabel talks with incoming freshman and student leaders during orientation to see what they are looking forward to the most.

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