Master of Divinity Student
With how close the community is here, emphasized by the smaller classrooms, it feels like we’re all here for the same goals. We’re all working together as a community for the best of each of us.
Tianna Gocan had first started her post-secondary education in Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science focusing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). But it in was her Minor in Music where she sensed a deep appreciation for Theology and the Arts and her role in it. “I got back into the Church in 2019 and that’s when I started thinking about my discernment.” Through close connections and recommendations, Tianna Gocan discovered Huron University, Western’s founding institution, and successfully entered the Master of Divinity program in 2022.
Tianna explains how being a part of Huron’s vibrant community has helped connect her to notable Church leaders and leading scholars. “It’s a unique opportunity to go to school in the same Diocese that I’m a postulant in as not all Dioceses in Canada have this opportunity, especially for someone who didn’t grow up Anglican. You’re able to meet the who’s who in a more informal setting and I’m really grateful for that.” Though Huron’s Chapel is traditionally Anglican, one of the distinct characteristics of Huron is its emphasis on welcoming and strengthening interfaith communities, a benefit from its rich interdisciplinary program structure and diverse Faculty.
As a postulant in the Diocese of Huron, Tianna’s vocational goals are tuned to questions about serving her local community in the face of sudden global change. “Through discernment, I believe my call to ministry is for parish ministry…. I think community is such an important thing that we’ve really lost, especially during the pandemic, and it’s something that I want to help foster.” One component of Huron’s Master of Divinity program that Tianna looks forward to is her placement through the Transcultural Learning Experience, where she, like many students before her, can develop a wider framework to sense a deeper understanding of ministry in her own context.
In highlighting Huron’s culture of care, supported by a close-knit community of professors and students, Tianna finds the overall experience at Huron an invaluable asset on her pathway to leadership. “I’ve been able to make Huron my own place,” she relates. “With how close the community is here, emphasized by the smaller classrooms, it feels like we’re all here for the same goals. We’re all working together as a community for the best of each of us.”