Graduate Profile: Mary Perez, MDiv '22

May 16, 2022
Mary Perez, MDiv '22
Mary Perez, MDiv '22, Courtesy photo

HDS communications reached out to our 2022 graduating students to hear from them in their own words about their experiences at HDS, the people who've helped and inspired them along their grad school journeys, and their plans for the future.

Memorable Moment 

I have many precious memories of playing and singing with my friends in our band, Divine Intervention. It has been a gift to make music together and offer our music to the HDS community. From Seasons of Light and Noon Service in 60 Oxford to remote music videos to playing in Swartz Hall, the music of this group has buoyed my spirit and grounded me in a circle of goodness. The band in all of its iterations with Julia, Kate, Margaret, Carolyn, Madeline, Nicole, and Virginia will continue to grace the memories of my heart with joy. I’m grateful to each of you, and I especially thank Chris Hossfeld for asking us to sing together our first year and supporting our music-making throughout our time at HDS.

Favorite Class or Professor 

Does “Sloppy Sections” count as a favorite class?! My creative classmates, Lóre and Eva, acted on our hope for another space to process our learning together and organized "Sloppy Sections." I loved our tarot readings with tater tots and fries at Cambridge Common. Laughter, intentionality, and learning from each other fill my memories of our time together.

Message of Thanks 

I am so grateful for the many people who have inspired me! I thank my pod, Julia, Margaret, and Kate, for your faithful, loving friendship. I’m grateful to my MDiv cohort, classmates and friends, my pals in HDS choir, the Tuesday Morning Eucharist community, my HDSSA cohort, my SCDI committee members, the Noon Service community, and the Catholic community of Catholic Renewal and HDS Catholics. Many, many thanks to my field ed supervisors, Lauren Kerby, who accompanied me during the outset of the pandemic and continues to foster my writing and thinking, and Ashley Y. Lipscomb (MDiv ‘20), who inspires me to create freedom and liberatory futures. And abundant thanks and gratitude to my family, especially my parents and siblings, and community afar whose love and support have helped me become more me.