With prayers and support of over 300 Alum Service Corps alum and under the leadership of Fr. Vincent Giacabazi, ASC Director of Ignatian Formation and Louie Hotop, SJ, the 27th Cohort of Alum Service Corps finished their Summer Orientation at Green Hills, just outside St. Louis, MO. During this time, ASC mentors and teachers grew in community, practiced their faith, and learned about teaching in our Jesuit schools. Highlights of the Orientation included visits to our three Jesuit schools in St. Louis, presentations from experts in the field of Jesuit education, student panels, support from ASC School Coordinators from our schools, an ASC alum Mass and BBQ, and a Missioning Mass at Jesuit Hall (Saint Louis University) – all set in the context of the themes of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
After Summer Orientation, ASC volunteers traveled to their cities and schools in Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis, to begin their year of service. While they work in different schools and cities, ASC Cohort 27 will gather together again for three spiritual retreats throughout this academic year.
The 15 ASC mentors and teachers this year graduated from thirteen different universities, five of them sponsored by the Jesuits, including Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, Regis University, Rockhurst University and Saint Louis University. This cohort also includes graduates from Miami University of Ohio, Princeton University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Dayton, the University of Indianapolis, the University of Missouri, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Tulsa.
Over 75% of them attended one of four UCS Jesuit high schools, including De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Louis University High School (SLUH) in St. Louis.
ASC Cohort 27 boasts an average GPA of 3.58, and they bring an impressive breadth of experience in leadership, activities and service.
ASC volunteers give a year of post-college service in gratitude for their Jesuit education. Volunteers are faculty members in six Jesuit schools in Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis. They adopt a simple life-style while living in community and striving to grow spiritually.