Counseling Student Receives Inaugural Jesuit Heritage Grant Award

June 14, 2010

Mona Breitbeil of Cincinnati (45238) has received the first Jesuit Heritage Grant Award from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. The purpose of the grant is to further the recognition of Jesuit Identity in the College and promote the educational outcome that graduates of Xavier are men and women for others standing for justice and peace. She received $500 toward the purchase of program textbooks from the Xavier Bookstore.

Graduate Counseling students of any faith tradition currently enrolled in Practicum I were eligible to apply. Breitbeil’s application demonstrated animation and integration of the gifts of the Ignatian Heritage, namely: Mission (including spirituality); Reflection; Discernment; Solidarity and Kinship; and Service Rooted in Love and Justice - into her academic and clinical work at Xavier University.

Breitbeil, a graduate student in community counseling, submitted a 500-word essay discussing the influence of the Jesuit Heritage on her chosen career of professional counseling. It was evaluated by department faculty and members of Xavier’s Center for Mission and Identity.

“As I move into the field of counseling,” Breitbeil said, “I am filled with a sense of awe at the circle of life and the interconnectedness of all beings. It seems to be that we are here for no other purpose than to love and encourage one another. For that reason, I am deeply grateful to be a part of the Jesuit Heritage of service to others and look forward to doing my part to build a more just and humane world.”

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