July 7, 2008. Atlanta, Georgia. The Regnum Christi coworker
program is a year of self-giving and tremendous growth for
the young men and young women who decide to take
the plunge. In the following interview, Colleen Dittmeier shares her
thoughts about her recent decision to give a year.
Why did you decide to be a coworker?
I never really
gave coworking a thought till the summer before my senior
year. I was on a young women´s Regnum Christi convention
and it was the last hour of our silent retreat.
I had never really understood conversational prayer with God; for
me, it was all just a monologue. His way of
responding to me was usually through other people telling me
things, and me taking it as a sign.
I was doing the same thing, asking him questions about
what I should do when I go to college, what
should I study… and then all of a sudden, clear
as day and out of nowhere, I heard God say,
“Colleen, open your heart and then we´ll talk.”
me off guard because I realized not only was it
true, but that God had just talked to me! Then
a past coworker came over and talked about her year,
saying, “My coworker year helped me to open my heart.”
Right then and there I knew what I was doing
after my senior year.
What one word would you use to
describe the coworkers you have known?
I grew up going
to Pinecrest Academy and was always around coworkers. One
thing that always struck me was their joy. They would
come over for dinner and the whole house would fill
up with laughter.
I wanted the joy and maturity that
I saw in them.
How do you think your coworker year
will change you?
I know this year will be tough and
that’s good because it will allow me grow in ways
that I never thought possible. What will really measure the
success of my co-worker year will be whether I have
been able to open my heart completely to say “yes”
to whatever Christ asks of me and to allow him
to be the first person who occupies my heart.
you think will be the hardest part of being a
I think the toughest part of this year will
be, of course, leaving my family and friends for a
year, but also having every moment scheduled and not being
able to go hop in the car and get a
burger if I feel like it or sit at home
in my pajamas, watching chick-flicks all day.
But I know
that I need this year to become anchored in my
faith and realize that I´m not just here to do
whatever floats my boat, but to do what Christ calls
me to do.
Where would you like to be sent and
why? What kind of work would you like to do?
actually don´t have a preference of where I want to
be sent. It would amazing to go international, but I´m
pretty much open to anywhere. I would love to work
with Pure Fashion because I´ve been with it for
seven years, since it started.
What would you like your legacy
to be at the end of your coworker year?
that I would want to leave at the end of
my coworker year is one of enthusiasm for loving Christ.
I also hope to spark a desire in other hearts
to want to give a year.
I´m so excited about
my year and I know it´s because the coworkers in
Atlanta have put enthusiasm into my heart— I want to
pass it on.