Ten Lewis University alumni are Lasallian Volunteers

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Ten Lewis University alumni are Lasallian Volunteers in 2013-2014

Published: August 6, 2013.

(L to R,top row) Sean Ruane, Trey Bradley,
Lorenzo Mendez, Michael Wall,
Brother James Gaffney, FSC
(L to R, front row) Liana Vantrease,
Carlene Myrtle, Jackie Markowski,
Ron Jovi Ramirez, Ron Pollak, Kelly Schreiber

Ten graduates of Lewis University will be serving as Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) in the 2013-2014 academic year, joining 43 young adults throughout the country who are committed to serving the educational needs of the poor through the LV program of the USA-Toronto Region of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

The Lasallian Volunteers participate in a faith-based service program that provides a volunteer opportunity for ministry as well as an intergenerational community where the volunteers reside during their terms of service. Most of the LVs share community with De La Salle Christian Brothers and other Lasallian Volunteers during their period of service. The term of service is for one year, but most volunteers choose to serve up to two additional years. Most teach or assist in Lasallian schools or other educational missions throughout the USA.

“These volunteers demonstrate their deep faith, rooted in the Gospels, by providing loving, generous and personalized service, primarily through education, to empower the poor. The LV Program is a member of the Catholic Volunteer Network,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “Lewis University is proud that ten of our alumni currently are serving in the Lasallian Volunteers.”

Joleen Wagner, Director of LV, commented, “After just a few days at the Orientation Retreat, this year's cohort of LVs have exhibited a great depth in terms of faith and motivation for service. Like those that served before them, they are filled with zeal and ready to get into the neighborhoods, communities, schools and centers around the country.”

Ten Lewis University alumni are serving as LVs at the following sites:

  • Sean Ruane (2nd Year) - La Salle High School, Yakima, WA

  • Liana Vantrease (2nd Year) - De Marillac Academy, San Francisco, CA

  • Trey Bradley (2nd Year) - La Salle School, Albany, NY

  • Ron Jovi Ramirez (1st Year) - La Salle Academy, New York, NY

  • Carlene Myrtle (2nd Year) - San Miguel Middle School, Providence, RI

  • Michael Wall (1st Year) - La Salle Academy, Philadelphia, PA

  • Lorenzo Mendez (1st Year) - Tides Family Services, Providence, RI

  • Jackie Markowski (2nd Year) - De La Salle Elementary at Blessed Sacrament, Memphis, TN

  • Ron Pollak (1st Year) - Cathedral High School, El Paso, TX

  • Kelly Schreiber (1st Year) - De La Salle Blackfeet School, Browning, MT

This year’s contingent of Lasallian Volunteers completed its annual Orientation Retreat at Lewis University in late July. Wagner noted hosting the orientation is just a small part of how Lewis University supports the LVs. “We're blessed by the partnership that exists between Lewis University and Lasallian Volunteers. … Lewis University and Brother President James Gaffney have historically provided tremendous support. To name only a few of the ways Lewis University supports us: Lewis University is where we call ‘home’ for our annual Orientation Retreat each July; faculty and staff of Lewis University often make themselves available to recruit and train LVs; each year Lewis University hosts LV Scholars (graduate students that serve the University and LVs while earning a master's degree); additionally, from early on, Lewis University has been a primary sponsor of LVs Run which raises funding and awareness for the LV program.”

Brother James noted, “The young men and women who graciously volunteer a year or more to serving the poor in association with the De La Salle Christian Brothers are to be greatly commended. We are especially appreciative of the Lewis University alumni that have committed to this Lasallian ministry.”

The annual LVs Run will celebrate 25th anniversary of Lasallian Volunteers over the November 1 weekend with the “Sweetest LVs Run Ever.” It is being held in collaboration with the Hot Chocolate Run in Chicago's Grant Park. It’s just one of many events marking the milestone anniversary. There will also be small gatherings across the United States throughout the 2013-2014 Service Year. Visit www.lasallianvolunteers.org for more information.

Looking beyond their Silver Anniversary, the LVs plan to grow and expand each year. “It is our hope to continue to work with the greater Lasallian community to provide well trained volunteers to serve in the fields of education and social services. We are currently working to further strengthen our retreats, support of LVs, and community experiences while broadening our support base,” Wagner added.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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Martha Villegas Miranda said:
So wonderful to see our Lewis alums serving as Lasallian Volunteers! May they continue to touch the hearts and minds of our youth!

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