Carolyn grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and studied Business Management at Walsh University. She will serve at St. Augustine High School in San Diego as a Campus Minister. Carolyn was drawn to the Augustinian Volunteers because of her desire to serve others and interest in learning more about the Augustinian charisms. She is excited to grow with her community by fully sharing her gifts and having challenging conversations.
I, Carolyn Dreyer, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to listen to the will of God in my life and the movements of the hearts of those around me.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena
How did you develop a passion for service?
Throughout my Catholic schooling we were required to complete service hours, and through that process I realized that I enjoyed helping others. Recognizing that God gave me a heart of service, I continued to dedicate myself to service in college and learned about the importance of working for social justice. As I grew in my faith, my call to serve others as Jesus did became my driving force for working for the greater good of others.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you read?
1984 by George Orwell
Share an issue you’re passionate about and why.
After reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond and learning about the different policies affecting affordable housing, I became very interested in the issue of affordable housing in cities. Having stable housing impacts various facets of people’s lives including education attainment, health, community cohesion, and stable income. Creating affordable housing is a necessary step for achieving more economically diverse cities.
Best moment as an AV to date?
When we went to Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church, some parishioners came up to us wondering if we were the new AVs and welcomed us to the community. Even though the parishioners didn’t know us there was the sense of understanding because of all the AVs who had passed through the parish before us.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
San Diego has perfect weather, and we have embraced it by spending plenty of time outside at the beach! Also, California Burritos are potentially a culinary masterpiece.
One word that describes your community-living experience is…
Movie nights with In-N-Out! We are currently trying to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order!