By Alex Nemec, marketing communication specialist
The beginning of a new semester is an exciting time — but it can also be an anxious and stressful experience for some.
In addition to the many resident assistants, each residence hall has a hall minister to provide pastoral care to and be a spiritual presence for all residents and building staff.
In collaboration with the staff, hall ministers are charged with helping to form a residential community that expresses the university’s Catholic, Jesuit mission, while accompanying individuals dealing with stress, illness, loss, loneliness, relationships, spiritual and emotional health, and more.
In this Q&A, Heriberto “Eddie” Godina, hall minister for Cobeen Hall, talks about what he likes the most about Marquette University and Milwaukee.
What was your undergraduate degree in? Why did you pursue that discipline?
My undergraduate degree was in criminology and law studies. At the time, I thought that I wanted to be a lawyer and serve in that capacity. I was really intrigued by the criminology classes that were offered and had great internships and professors along the way. While I’m not in the legal field, I am still able to learn about and educate others on social justice initiatives happening throughout Milwaukee.
Why did you want to be a hall minister?
After undergraduate, I got to deepen my faith by participating in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which is a post-grad volunteer program where we are assigned to live in a particular city to complete a year of service at a nonprofit agency. My experience as a Jesuit volunteer taught me how important it was to build relationships with the community around you, and to dedicate time to hear their stories and grow with them. After learning more about hall ministry, I was instantly drawn to this and decided to apply.
What makes Marquette special to you?
Marquette provided me with the opportunity to grow as person, both academically and spiritually. I was able to meet many amazing people and share many great moments with them. Everyone is very friendly and eager to always help you when you need it.
What is your favorite Marquette memory?
I think meeting my wife Maria would have to be my best and favorite memory. We met in 2016 in preparation to go to World Youth Day in Poland (through Campus Ministry!), started dating in 2017 and just married July 2, 2022! Whenever I think of Marquette, I will always think of these beautiful moments.
What is one thing you’re looking forward to this academic year?
I am looking forward to getting to know the students of my hall, as well as having the opportunity to grow alongside them as we navigate this new school year together.
Favorite movie: Anything Marvel or Star Wars
Favorite location on campus: St. Joan of Arc Chapel
Favorite hobby: Riding my bike or reading a good book
Favorite restaurant in Milwaukee: Riverfront Pizzeria near Summerfest
Favorite dessert: Cheesecake