A native Cincinnatian, Rob has spent the past four years at the University of Dayton, where he earned a degree in Religious Studies and Education. Rob brings to the program deep experiences of community from a summer immersion program to his involvement with the Lay Marianist community of which he is part. This year, you will find Rob helping to plan and coordinate retreats and immersion experiences with SVDP’s Ozanam Center for Service Learning.
“I believe that there is good ion every culture, and there is a lot we can learn from them. They deserve the same respect and attention that our own culture gets… I am merely a guest in that culture; I do not know much about it, but I know that God was in that culture and people. I do not and cannot try to change who people are but I must serve them where they are with love, and without judgment.”
Mary comes to SVDP from Elgin, Illinois via University of Minnesota, where she focused on communication studies and leadership. With a great passion for service and enthusiasm for life, Mary brings with her great gifts and experience in working with a diversity of people. You will find Mary buzzing around the Social Services department, working with families and individuals who come to SVDP in need of resources and assistance.
“Solidarity to me is having purpose for your life and sharing your time and space with others who share that purpose… [It] means that though we may not all have the same story, or the same reason that we are doing it, we are doing it together because that unites us as one. Even though the Vincentian Volunteers have different stories, and may have different goals that they want to achieve by the end of the program, they are all joined in one, with Christ, to carry out the work of St. Vincent de Paul.”
Having grown up in Denver, Demar joins us most recently from right here in Cincinnati, where he moved after receiving a degree in business from the University of St. Thomas (MN). He brings experience as a Vincentian with our own Cathedral/St. Xavier SVDP Conference. Demar will be working with St. Vincent de Paul’s Charitable Pharmacy, assisting patients with the certification process for the program.
“Solidarity to me symbolizes unity and being a part of a collective community effort with like-minded individuals. It represents serving a purpose with people of diverse backgrounds, socio-economic status, and beliefs to make change in the world, as doing otherwise would be entirely intolerable… [It] is a unique immersion into the dark crevices of a society where few people voluntarily venture to address the inherent needs of the suffering or marginalized to advance the common good.”