Jennifer was born and raised in Lakewood, CO. She graduated from the University of Dallas in May 2017, where she majored in theology and minored in Spanish and biopsychology. She will be serving in the community of Chulucanas, Peru. She is looking forward to experiencing a new culture, building a community with her fellow volunteers, and growing closer to God through this year of service.
I, Jennifer Brady, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to grow with my community, support each other, and embrace the new culture we will be immersed in. I commit to keeping an open heart to God’s will throughout this year of service and recognize Christ in those I encounter.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“Faced with the sacredness of life, the human person, and marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.” -St. Pope John Paul II
How did you develop a passion for service?
Growing up, my parents always emphasized service, even if it was just in the small things. This notion of service grew throughout college and my desire to eventually become a nurse. I am thrilled to be serving in the center de salud (health) here and look forward to learning from all those around me.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
I am very passionate about mental health awareness and eliminating the stigmas surrounding it. I believe it’s so important to create strong support systems for those struggling with mental health related issues and to open up dialogue.
Best moment as an AV to date?
Getting to know the woman who works at the ice cream shop and having her give me a free scoop “just because”. On a more serious note, being welcomed into the homes of our host families and experiencing the Peruvian culture by living it.
What do you like most about living in the new city you are in so far?
The slower pace of life and small-town feel of Chulucanas.
One word that describes your community-living experience is…