Riley Griesemer

Riley is from Springfield, Missouri. She attended Missouri State University where she graduated with degrees in Elementary Education, Spanish, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This year she will be serving in Lawrence as a paraprofessional at Lawrence Catholic Academy. She is looking forward to living in intentional community, forming local relationships, and exploring the Northeast.

Commitment statement:

I, Riley Griesemer, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to seek the will of God in my life, and to learn from and encourage those around me.

What led you to a year of service?

I realized that my worth could not be summed up by what I was studying or what I would do for work in the future. I wanted to find a way that I could use my interests and experiences to serve others, step outside of myself, and learn how to view my work as “good”, but not let it be the end-all-be-all of my life.

One of your favorite quotes

“If we really believe that God has made us for an infinite love, then the journey is a joy.” -Anna Carter

What song can you listen to over and over again?

“You” by Dan + Shay

Favorite book or a recent book you read

He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek

Who or what inspires you most?

My friends from the Newman Center at Missouri State are always helping me look for ways that I can love God by joyfully serving and caring for the people who are in front of me.

Best moment as an AV to date

Hiking up a mountain in New Hampshire with some great friends we’ve met here!

What do you like most about living in your new city so far?

The Catholic young adult community in the Boston area is thriving and it has been such a gift to meet and get connected with other young Catholics.

One word that describes your community-living experience thus far


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