Gina was born and raised on Long Island, NY. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland where she studied theology and history. She will be serving as the Coordinator of Volunteer Opportunities in Campus Ministry at Merrimack College. Gina is excited to serve the college students as well as grow in faith and friendship with her fellow community members.
I, Gina Hackett, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to serve with joy and compassion, be open to challenge and growth, and be the best version of myself I can be.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“If Christ is the sign and the rock in our lives, then we are firmly rooted and can do so much more… be so much more.” -Fr. Eric Silva
How did you develop a passion for service?
I developed a passion for service through going on a week long service trip to Jacksonville, FL to work with Habitat for Humanity during spring break of my sophomore year in college. It showed me how true it is that we really are our brother’s keeper.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
The Head and the Heart
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
“Tattoos on the Heart” by Father Gregory Boyle
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
I am passionate about the issue of homelessness. I think it is so important and necessary that every person has their basic needs met. As Catholics we believe in the inherent dignity of every person, so it is so imperative that we work to help make sure that this dignity is respected and people have their most basic needs of food and shelter met.
Best moment as an AV to date?
Orientation as a whole was great. We got to hang out with all the AVs for this year, learn about the Augustinian way of life, and really foster the charism of community right off the bat.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
The area is absolutely gorgeous. We have the opportunity to really explore all of the beautiful sites New England has to offer.
One word that describes your community-living experience is…