Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Sunday, February 14, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Novena of Grace 2016

Home : News : Nation and World
Some graduates postpone careers, further study for volunteer experience
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Like many students graduating from college this spring, Ivy Seraphin, always assumed she would go straight to graduate school.

Seraphin, who was to graduate May 17 from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, switched gears sometime during her senior year when she decided to do volunteer work after graduating.

"I didn't really want to spend a year off just to make money. I like the idea of giving myself time to grow and figure out things and help people that need help," said the Baltimore native, who plans to spend the next year, or even two years, tutoring students with Lasallian Volunteers in Racine, Wisconsin.

Seraphin, whose major is psychology and minor is women and gender studies, said she did not have a hard time telling her family and friends her plans after graduation because her path is not all that unusual. Her brother volunteered with City Year -- an AmeriCorps program that works with high school students -- and many of the students at Manhattan College, a Lasallian school, have volunteered with Lasallian Volunteers.

Students she knows who did this work last year all seemed to have the same reaction about the experience: "it was a challenge, but worth it."

Seraphin's challenge -- when she spoke to Catholic News Service 10 days before graduating --was the four exams still to come and research papers she still needed to write.

"It's been a great four years," she said. "It's weird coming to terms with the fact that I am not coming back."

What's also a little hard to take in is the fact that her service work will take her far from the East Coast, which she is used to, but she said her friends have promised to make the trip out to Wisconsin to visit.

She also looks forward to tutoring, saying she is "honored to be able to help students do better."

As far as living on a stipend, Seraphin said that shouldn't be a problem since she's "used to living on a low budget as a college student."

At the May 9 graduation ceremony at Loyola University Chicago, graduating senior Chidinma Uchendu, who sang the national anthem, was going to interviews the next day for an elementary school teaching position with Teach for America, a program where college graduates commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.

Uchendu, who was born in Nigeria, said she has "seen what happens when people are denied an education," and has "always had a passion for providing people with equal opportunities."

"When I came to this country, I realized that some things aren't as different as you would think," she said. "No matter how wealthy a country is, there are still people who suffer and who lack certain basic amenities. And I believe education is a basic amenity that everyone should have access to."

Kerry Rogers, graduating May 18 from the Loyola University Maryland, said she doesn't know where she'll be living or working after graduation but she isn't bothered by that.

Rogers, who is majoring in English with a minor in writing, was accepted into the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and is waiting to find out where she will be placed.

She told a school publication that she decided to volunteer after realizing that the one thing that "consistently made me feel most myself and most alive during my four years at Loyola was participating in various service opportunities."

"These experiences have shaped my time at Loyola and my view of myself and the world around me, and I am incredibly excited to be able to focus on service full time for at least the next year," she said.

The service work these graduates do will not only help those they are volunteering to help but can impact their future involvement in civic and church work, according to a study conducted last fall by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

The study was commissioned by Catholic Volunteer Network and based on online surveys filled out by more than 5,000 former Catholic Volunteer Network volunteers.

Jesuit Father Tom Gaunt, CARA's executive director, told CNS the study highlights "the profound effect one year of service has on young adults," which he said "truly transformed" them. He also said the responses reveal how that volunteer program played -- and continues to play -- an important role in forming a "cadre of leadership" for the church.

Article Comment Submissions
Submit your comments, please. 
Comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. Comments must use respectful language and address the story. Comments are not posted immediately to the site. The site editor may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours. Comments may also be considered to appear as letters in our print edition, unless the writer specifices no.
Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved