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Service is Simple: It is Love

6/3/2014
 
As of May 20, 2014, Loras College is proud to share that the DuServe campaign has reached over 110,800 hours. With the help of alumni, faculty, staff and students we have just over 64,000 hours to log to meet our 175,000 goal.
 
Two alumnae with service in their lives and hearts are Monica Shaffer (’14) and Elizabeth “Betsy” Schmitz (’14). Both Shaffer and Schmitz recently graduated from Loras on May 24, 2014, but plan to continue to responsibly contribute by working at the St. Joseph Worker Program in St. Paul, Minn. for the 2014-2015 year. The Program fosters the self-empowerment of women through the values of the leadership, spirituality, social justice, intentional community and living simply, to allow them in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph, to serve where the need is greatest.
 
Continue reading below for why Shaffer and Schmitz serve in their own words, and log your hours—big or small—at www.loras.edu/duserve.
 
Monica M. Shaffer (’14):
“Service is simple: it is love. A love that comes from God and is communicated through each one of us, but for me service is two-fold. It is about the charity itself, but also creating change through social justice. I could serve a meal to every homeless person in the world and I would feel almost unaccomplished (even though I lived a life of charity). Service must include actions that will change the condition of life for all people. Charity alone treats a symptom; service seeks to make permanent, systematic change.
 
It is for this reason that I have chosen to work with the St. Joseph Worker Program in St. Paul, MN for the 2014-2015 year. They believe in this same model – that charity must be coupled with social justice. I feel deeply called to dedicate my life to changing the public policy so that it will recognize that all people are human and deserve to be treated with this respect, regardless of race, gender, experience, condition, or politics. And so I will be working at Sarah’s… An Oasis for Women, helping refugee women build a home in the U.S.”
 
 
Elizabeth “Betsy” Schmitz (’14):
I serve because of my strong desire to live out the Catholic Social Teachings. Through my studies at Loras I have not only developed an understanding of the Catholic Social Teachings, I have also lived out the teachings through my experiences. I received the Valder Social Justice Award for 2013 and spent my summer working at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker House of Hospitality for the Poor. Through my experiences in Los Angeles, I knew living in intentional community and serving the poor is my life’s work. After my summer in LA to return for my last year at Loras, I researched post-graduate volunteer placements and decided St. Joseph the Worker Volunteer program in the Twin Cities will be my next step in serving others as a Campus Minister at Cretin- Derham Hall in St. Paul.
           
Living a life of service is also teaching a life of service. Through my experiences at Loras I have served the poor directly; next year I will be teaching high school students the importance of serving while working directly with the poor in the Twin Cities. As I leave for my next adventure I know I would not have become the best version of myself without Loras College.”

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