Cap Corps Volunteer Christiana Gellert works at St. Francis International School (SFIS). The following article, written by Tobias Harkleroad of SFIS, shares his gratitude for the Franciscan values which inspire his work and serve as the inspiration for the work of SFIS -- inherited from his time, 25 years ago, at the Capuchin St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, WI.
I write today, as I have done before, to express how grateful I am to the Capuchins for the way that my life has been changed because of your dedication to formation and education . . . [H]undreds of families in the nation's capitol are touched every day by the ministry of Saint Francis International School. I continue my own Franciscan journey started 25 years ago at Calvary: just this month I began formation as a Secular Franciscan in St. Conrad of Parzham Fraternity . . .
Cap Corps Volunteer John Sorice (2015-2016) graduated from Villanova University and worked at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School throughout his volunteer year. He supported students directly in their roles at work, providing mentoring and guidance, as well as communication with supervisors. He was offered a position at the end of his service year and is currently on staff at the high school.
Just in time for the Feast day of Cristo Rey's Patron, Don John Bosco (January 31), John shares his thoughts on the life-changing and life-giving work he undertook:
. . . The students with whom I have had the pleasure of working with this year are extraordinary.. . . When making the decision to participate in a service program, you expect to make a difference in the lives of those you serve. However, my experience here at Don Bosco has felt a bit backwards. It is difficult to appreciate the impact you are having on young lives while volunteering, I am confident this is something I will be able to reflect upon once my service year is complete. However, what I feel on a daily basis is the positive impact that each one of my students is having on me . . .
Read his reflection on our Cap Corps blog: Capture
Christiana Gellert is a graduate of Catholic University in Washington, DC, and her placement during her year in Cap Corps is at St. Francis International School in the city. Christiana shares her experience of working with students there.
"Volunteering at St Francis reminds me of perhaps the most basic principal of ministry -- Ministry begins in using your own experiences to make someone else’s life a bit better, even if your own experience was nothing more than confusion and self-doubt."
Read her story on the Cap Corps blog pages of Capture.
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