For the Love of Community
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For the Love of Community

Service is a part of who I am and makes me feel whole. It makes my heart beat, and I love allowing people to feel seen and heard. Even though service is my passion, I really feel so grateful for the quality time that I get to spend with my community members. After a long...

Healing Beyond the Body
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Healing Beyond the Body

“I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully”. This is the beginning of The Florence Nightingale Pledge, one that many nurses undertake as they begin their path in healthcare. Among other nurses I took this pledge and began...

The Necessity of Relationship
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The Necessity of Relationship

It’s in the midst of a global pandemic and stay at home orders that I find myself working as a Campus Minister at St. Augustine High School, an all-boys school in San Diego. Despite the world being more connected than ever through revolutionary technology, people find themselves longing for deeper relationships and plagued by a...

Breaking Bread, Mending Spirits
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Breaking Bread, Mending Spirits

A tenet of Augustinian spirituality is sharing meals in fellowship. As soon as we arrived, my community adopted this rhythm and it’s now one of my favorites. Every night, we begin dinner by sharing our daily “highs and lows” (or “sunshine and rain clouds”, “flowers and weeds” etc.). This almost always takes us awhile to...

Current Status: Online
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Current Status: Online

To say this year has been unique is a definite understatement. It is nothing I have ever experienced before. From August to March, I was living with three other people, sharing time and resources, in a new city. Together, Jacob, Claire, Keara and I grew as we experienced this new life. My favorite moments, outside...

Putting Our Service to the Test
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Putting Our Service to the Test

One thing that is unique to this experience thus far that I was not anticipating… I laughed when I saw this prompt in the midst of this pandemic. I volunteer as a Registered Nurse at St. Vincent de Paul Village Health Center in San Diego, CA. We serve people at risk of or experiencing homelessness....

Different but the Same
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Different but the Same

Waking up at 4:10 each morning, I begin my morning routine to the local YMCA pool where I swim a few laps followed by running a few miles outside in shorts. It’s a funny feeling that I can do both of these things in the winter, but that is one of the many things I...

All Four One, One Four All
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All Four One, One Four All

As I prepared to begin my year of service with the Augustinian Volunteers, I met up with an AV alumni to ask her some last minute questions and talk about the year to come. We talked about many things but one thing she said that stuck out to me was, “you learn that you are...

At the End of the Day
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At the End of the Day

At the end of the day, it’s all about friendships. If there is one school that embodies this idea in an amazing manner, it is St. Augustine High School, more commonly known as ‘’Saints.’’ At Saints, I have the good fortune of helping with community service trips, retreats, and ministry of presence as a Campus...

We’re All in This Together
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We’re All in This Together

There have been so many lessons from my time as an Augustinian Volunteer, but one thing that stands brighter than others is the interconnectedness of our world and how we all fit together. Being an Augustinian Volunteer has taught me a great deal, especially how all of us are on the same team, moving towards...