Xavier University Alumni Serving as Jesuit Volunteers

Xavier alumni serving around the world. | October 25, 2007

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps is pleased to announce that five graduates from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio have committed to serve as Jesuit Volunteers. They have dedicated themselves to a year or more of simple living and working for social justice in a spiritually supportive community as they walk with people living in poverty or on the margins of society.

• Sarah McGill, a 2006 theology major from Omaha, Nebraska, is living in New Orleans, LA and working at Crescent House.

• Shannon Hughes, a 2007 English major from Cincinnati, is living in Majuro, Marshall Islands and working at Assumption Secondary School.

• Jessica Fullenkamp, a 2007 social work graduate from Troy, Ohio, is living in Chuuk, Micronesia and working at Saramen Chuuk Academy.

• Amanda Lattanzio, a 2007 psychology graduate from Canfield, Ohio, is living in Raleigh, NC and working at People of Faith Against the Death Penalty.

• Kimberly Herrmann, a 2007 psychology graduate from Waterville, Ohio, is living and working in San Diego, CA.

In the United States this year, 207 Jesuit Volunteers will minister by teaching students of all ages, providing legal services, working with refugees and immigrants, serving with social services and at community centers, organizing in low-income communities and caring for people with HIV/AIDS. Jesuit Volunteer communities live in large the urban settings of Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles and in smaller cities such as El Paso, Texas; Portland, Maine and Raleigh, North Carolina. The East region of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps is the largest this year, commissioning 79 volunteers. 70 volunteers were missioned by the Southwest, 34 by the South and 22 by the Midwest.

Internationally, 53 Jesuit Volunteers are fulfilling a two-year commitment to Jesuit Volunteers International in Belize, Nicaragua, Peru, Nepal, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Tanzania. The volunteers accompany the poor in these developing countries while they work in schools, with youth and in parishes.

Since 1956, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps has offered women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. Jesuit Volunteers are called to the mission of serving the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States, and accompanying people in developing countries. The challenge to Jesuit Volunteers is to integrate Christian faith by working and living among the poor and marginalized, by living simply and in community with other Jesuit Volunteers and by examining the causes of social injustice. To date, there are over 12,000 Former Jesuit Volunteers. More information is available at www.jesuitvolunteers.org.

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410.244.7133 or ekennedy@jesuitvolunteers.org