May 14, 2014

Seven Students Selected for Alum Service Corps

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Name Site of ASC Service
Kate Essig Regis Jesuit High School
Sam Hurteau Regis Jesuit High School
Patrick Jennewein De Smet Jesuit High School
Mark Ladd Rockhurst High School
Michael Schonhoff St. Louis University High School
Andrew Struttmann Rockhurst High School
Gabe Vitale Rockhurst High School

Seven members from Saint Louis University's Class of 2014 have been selected and have committed to a year of service with the Jesuit-sponsored Alum Service Corps. This post-collegiate service program for graduates of Jesuit high schools and universities is sponsored by the Jesuits of the Missouri Province, which will soon be reorganized as the Province of Central and Southern United States (UCS).

"These young men and women have an unequaled opportunity to make practical some of the Jesuit 'taglines' we're all familiar with," said Paul Stark, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry. "Such as 'men and women for others,' cura personalis and magis, and understanding what it can really mean to do all we do Ad maiorem Dei gloriam, 'for the greater glory of God.'"

ASC volunteers teach at a school in the province, live in community with other ASC volunteers and join the Jesuit community once a week for Eucharist and dinner. As part of their Ignatian formation, ASC volunteers from across three cities gather as a group three times during the year from across three cities for retreats. The 2014-15 school year will feature 20 students — the largest cohort of ASC volunteers in the 24-year history of the program.

"This year's class of ASC volunteers continues a long tradition of modeling service and living Ignatian spirituality," said Sean Agniel, provincial assistant for secondary education for the province. "We select candidates who embody the highest ideals of Jesuit education. Like their predecessors, the members of ASC 24 are terrific examples of young adults who are intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to justice."

These volunteers come from 10 different universities and represent a wide variety of disciplines. More than half of them attended both a Jesuit high school and a Jesuit university, and the group boasts an average GPA of 3.66.

"Their many gifts, talents and achievements will enrich our schools, the students and communities they serve," Stark said. "They are a great gift to the people and schools they will serve, great representatives of the colleges and universities from which they graduated and a great inspiration to the students they teach and with whom they work."

To learn more about the post-collegiate program, including how to apply for the next year of service, visit

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