Called to Serve: OLG Alumni Give Back

-Written by a current OLG 8th grade student

Sending your child to a Catholic school can be an investment, but it can lead them on a path to helping the world. Three 2008 OLG graduates, Anna Cron, Sarah Silvestri, and Sarah Neuberger, now graduated from the university, are off to serve the world through the Peace Corps andUnidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa.

Anna Cron is a 2016 graduate of the College of St. Benedict with majors in Political Science (International Relations focus) and Latino & Latin American Studies. Cron is off to serve in the Dominican Republic to be a Primary Literacy Promoter. She will help improve literature-teaching strategies and in her spare time she will help with HIV/AIDs outreach projects. She was led to participate in the Peace Corps because she hopes to have better cultural understanding and be able to help others empower themselves. Anna says that the characteristics of open-mindedness and giving her talents to others were birthed and fostered during her time at OLG; This first step in Catholic education lead her to choose a Catholic high school and college which further nourished her passion to better understand the connectedness between cultures and service.

Sarah Silvestri is a 2016 graduate of Boston College where she majored in finance, accounting, and philosophy. Silvestriwill also participate in the Peace Corps for the next two years; she is already in Dogbo, Benin in West Africa as a Community Economic Development Volunteer. Silvestri says going to OLG helped give her a base in faith keeping her on a path of service and eventually ending up at a Jesuit school where the theme of “men and women for each other” appeared in her life. This influenced her to choose the Peace Corps and dedicate two years of her life to help others. Silvestri deferred a position at PricewaterhouseCoopers for the opportunity to serve through the Peace Corps.

Sarah Neuberger is a 2016 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a major in Political Science and minors in Education and Business Economics. Starting this January, Neuberger began teaching at Unidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa (UAC-CP), a Catholic University in the rural part of Bolivia. She will be teaching English as well as facilitating a women’s empowerment program. She wanted to travel back to Latin America after a study abroad in Chile and because she wanted to gain cultural awareness and refine her Spanish speaking skills. Her willingness to serve, she says, is due to moral rectitude instilled in her since she began at OLG. Her wish to help in cross-cultural communication is a result of OLG’s wonderful Spanish program, which teaches the language as well as the culture in Spanish-speaking countries.

Both Cron and Neuberger spent the fall here in MN working for Youth Frontiers partnering with local schools to build character in students through daylong retreats. They were first exposed to Youth Frontiers while students at Our Lady of Grace.

All three of these OLG graduates serve as inspiration to future generations of students. We are proud of them and their commitment to live out their calling to serve others! We know that future graduates will continue to do the same!

Top Picture: Anna Cron and Sarah Neuberger working a retreat for Youth Frontiers in Fall 2016 before heading on their international service.

Bottom Picture: Sarah Silvestri serving as a Community Economic Development volunteer in Dogbo, Benin and getting to know the community in which she is serving.