Aspiring Peace Maker Delivers Lasallian Address

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Aspiring Peace Maker Delivers Lasallian Address at Lewis University Commencement

Published: May 21, 2018.

“I think it is our duty as Lasallians, regardless of our faith but also in light of our spiritualties to continue to serve the greater good and our world communities,” said Haley Renison as she offered the Lasallian Address during the May 20 Lewis University College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Degree Ceremony.

Each Commencement, one graduating senior is chosen to deliver the address, a speech that reflects the principles that guide the University’s Mission as they relate to the speaker’s personal life. It also recognizes the values of diversity, social justice, and service to the poor.

“It is our responsibility to continue to educate ourselves every day because when we love what we do, and are passionate about our careers and go above expectations to make other peoples’ lives better … then we are making the world a better place,” stated Renison, who received her bachelor’s degree in Theology with a minor in Peace Studies.

The Crest Hill resident expressed her gratitude for her Lasallian experience at Lewis University. Renison said, “while I was reflecting on the last four years and the person I’ve become, and my trials and errors, I realized something very crucial, and it is this: I feel most whole when I am surrounded by my community.”

In addition to attending the International Lasallian Women's Symposium in Summer 2017 in New Zealand, the Cross Country and Track & Field athlete immersed herself in the Lasallian community at Lewis University. In 2015, she co-founded the Lasallian Justice Coalition on the Lewis University campus after attending the Lasallian Leadership and Global Understanding Conference in Rome, Italy. She recalled the conference’s inspiration, “I learned that Lasallians are of all different faith, ethnic, sexual, economic and political backgrounds and it made me so proud to be a part of such a diverse group.”

In that same year, she presented on the Global Lasallian Network and participated in the Lasallian Pilgrimage to Festival of Families in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to see Pope Francis. The Assistant Managing Editor, Poetry Editor, Blogger, & Special Sections Editor of Jet Fuel Review Literary Journal continued to serve as a member of the Diocese of Joliet College Retreat Team and the Lewis University Lasallian Mission Student Committee as well as being a Student Representative on the Lewis University Mission and Heritage Council. Beyond volunteering, Renison accepted a position with The Christian Brothers of the Midwest District Office as Young Lasallian Coordinator. In that role, Renison visits high schools in the Midwest and presents Lasallian opportunities to senior students.

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