Catholic Leadership Team (CLT)

CLT is our student leadership council and a registered student organization in the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU). The CLT consists of student volunteers who share their gifts with our community. They are the hands and feet of the Catholic ministry here at Stanford, planning spiritual, educational and social events to help students build community and grow in their faith. If you would like to get involved by developing your leadership skills and sharing your gifts with the Stanford community, contact our Campus Minister, Lourdes Alonso (

CLT Members for 2014-15

My name is Hannah Abalos, and I am this year's Catholic Leadership Team President. I'm a senior from San Jose, CA, and I'm majoring in English. Since my freshman year, being a part of the Catholic Community at Stanford has really helped me grow in my faith. I didn’t know what to expect, but I found just what I needed: a family. Not just a place to be myself, but a place where—despite all my imperfections and challenges—I could put together my life in the context of God’s plan, one puzzle piece at a time. Together with an amazing student team, it's an honor to be able to serve the community that has been such an essential part of my time at Stanford. Whether you're a new face or whether you've been here a few years, I'd like to get to know you, so please feel free to email me at! God bless!

Peace be with you, reader! I'm Matthew Gonzalez, a senior born and raised in SoCal, majoring in Aeronautics and Astronautics. At Stanford, I've played open-side flanker on the men's rugby team, studied abroad in Moscow, won smoothie competitions, was a PHE, and danced Ballet Folklorico on the side. But where I find my center, my home, is at the Catholic Community at Stanford. It's given me so many opportunities to develop amazing relationships with the coolest people (including my main man, Jesus). As a part of CC@S I'm involved with lectoring, weekend retreats, a Lectio Divina group, eating free food from ESTEEM events, special Ds, and BBQs, and getting to know the many intellectual, spiritual, and personable members of CC@S. I've settled down as Social Justice chair this year, a committee that has opened my eyes to the diverse needs of our brothers and sisters, but equally to the loving response of men and women of God to this call. My job is to give us students an outlet for our time and love, to follow church teaching per human dignity, and to empower us to lift up our voices both to God and our elected officials to advocate policies for the betterment of those most in need. To that end, one of the many Social Justice initiatives this year that I have a special place in my heart for is children, and especially those imprisoned. I hope to meet you all to grow in love and charity for our world, our family, our God, and ourselves over the course of our time at Stanford. Come visit the 3rd floor of Old Union, where you have a good chance of finding me and the fabulous staff of CC@S, the real drivers of change and love. Maybe your life will be changed too :]

I'm Rosie La Puma, a sophomore majoring in International Relations but interested in basically everything. You've probably seen my emails in your inbox if you're subscribed to the Newman Undergrads list, but you also may have run into me singing or playing the electric violin at the 4:30 mass on Sundays. Last summer I interned with Catholic Relief Services, and am now a CRS Campus Ambassador—which basically just means I'd be really excited to meet with you for coffee and talk about Catholic Social Teaching and serving the needy of the world. I'm pumped to be serving on the Social Justice Team this year, and welcome your questions on how you can get involved.

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a wonderful day. My name is Connor Kennedy. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a History major and an Economics minor. My hometown is God's great gift to California, or as some people call it, Fresno. I am involved in the Faith Formation committee within CLT, which attempts to foster knowledge of our great Catholic faith. I pray that you find Catholic Community at Stanford as awesome and welcoming as I have. and I hope to be able to meet you all in the near future.

My name is Max Radermacher, and I'm a junior majoring in Computer Science. I'm originally from Plymouth, Minnesota: land of ten thousand "baigs," "taigs," and "draigons." I got involved with the Catholic Community at Stanford my freshman year, and it's been very important to my college experience. I've been able to meet lots of great people that form my home away from home. This year I'm helping out on the Faith Formation team, and I'm excited about the opportunity share the faith through informative, intriguing, and fun events. I'm glad that I have the opportunity to continue expanding my own knowledge of the faith alongside my awesome Stanford peers.

Hi! My name is Kelsey Schroeder and I’m a sophomore from New Jersey. Here at Stanford I’m majoring in MCS and serving as the co-head of the Fellowship team at CC@S. When not planning super rockin social events for our community you can find me hiking the Dish, quoting Modern Family, making ridiculously hideous snapchat faces, jamming to 80's rock (Springsteen anyone?), or laughing uncontrollably. I also love getting lunch or Jamba Juice with old and new members of our community—just let me know when you’re free! Email me at

I’m Matt Volk, a junior from Arcadia, CA, majoring in computer science. I’ve been on the Fellowship and Social Justice branches of CLT, and this year I’m co-leading Fellowship with Kelsey. The Catholic Community really has become a second home for me on campus and has helped me grow not just in faith but in all areas of my life. I’ve met so many amazing people here, all attempting to improve the community around them in their own ways, and I hope you get the chance to be as inspired by them as I have been. CC@S puts on tons of great events every quarter, including Bible studies, game nights, dessert runs in Palo Alto, soup kitchen visits, and service trips to provide counseling services for incarcerated youth. You are always welcome at these events, and I look forward to being inspired by you, too, at any of them. Feel free to reach out to me at at any time with any questions or to learn more. Have a great day!

My name is Elisa Figueroa, and I'm a senior from Herndon, Virginia, majoring in History and the Law. When I was a freshman at Stanford, I was a little worried about how I would maintain my faith life at a new school in a state that I was very unfamiliar with. Thankfully, The Catholic Community at Stanford welcomed me with open arms and has become one of my favorite aspects of life at Stanford. From attending daily Mass and nightly rosary to volunteering at St. Anthony's Soup Kitchen, CC@S offers a wide array of opportunities to grow in your faith and foster an incredible community with amazing people. To all new members of the Catholic Community at Stanford, I am so happy that you are joining us!! I can't wait to meet all of you and am looking forward to growing in Christ together. God bless you all!