I am Surrounded by God’s Love

I am Surrounded by God’s Love

I officially have two weeks in the books at my service site, St. Augustine’s High School (Saints), but it feels like I have been here forever. I truly have been welcomed into this amazing community with open arms from the administration, the faculty, the students, the alumni, and the Augustinians.

I have felt God’s presence in the administration and faculty who have made sure that not only myself but also all of my community members have been adjusting well. They continually invite us to be a part of the Saints community with tickets to games, invites to Family Mass at the school, and continually checking in to see if there is anything that they can do for us.  I am slowly but surely beginning to remember the other teacher’s names, and they are all wonderful to me, stopping in for the endless supply of snacks that our office has and staying to chat for a few minutes.

I have felt God’s presence through the students who are starting to warm up to the new girl. From telling me their plans of how they are asking their dates to homecoming, to throwing a bucket of water on me during the water balloon fight at the Orphanage. The first week of work, there was not a day that went by that our office wasn’t graced by the presence of a Saints Alumni. Each were excited to meet the new Augustinian Volunteer and were eager to tell me stories of the Volunteers from their years at Saints. This Saints spirit is something so contagious that I have felt at the football games, at the pep rally’s, and everyday as I walk through campus.

I have felt God’s presence through all of the Augustinians who we have met. We may joke that we have met too many priests to remember all their names, but that is something really amazing to be able to say. The Augustinians truly take so much pride in this program and it is really wonderful to feel their continual support. I am fortunate enough to work with three on a daily basis in the office, and have really been able to learn so much about the Augustinian tradition through them. From random adventures in Mexico, to daily check ins from Deac, we constantly feel their support and love for us and this program.

And lastly, I have felt God’s presence through the Love of my community. Each of us may be different in our own ways, but we are all so eager to come together and learn from one another. We have a loud community for sure; for those of you who know me, I am the quietest of the bunch, and that says a lot; but it is a community filled with so much love and support. During the day we do our own things at work, but afternoons and evenings are always spent together, generally with a big bowl of stove-top popcorn.

Transitions are never the easiest, but with the continual love and support of the Saints Community and our AV community, this transition has been one filled with so much of God’s wonderful Love.

Nicole Quirk
San Diego, CA 2015-2016

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