Catherine Smith Accepted Into the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers Program

Manhattan College student, Catherine Smith, class of 2011 and a resident of Morris Plains, N.J., has been accepted into Colorado Vincentian Volunteers.

Manhattan College student, Catherine Smith, class of 2011 and a resident of Morris Plains, N.J., has been accepted into Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, a program whose mission is “to invite young adults into a process of companionship with the poor in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul.”

“I will be working three days a week with elderly, low income and homeless individuals, as well as tutoring two days a week while fulfilling the year long program,” said Smith, a dual elementary and special education major. The program begins in early August with orientation, and then Smith will begin her year of service in Denver.

Smith spent much of her four years at Manhattan College volunteering with the campus ministry and social action department’s service program L.O.V.E. (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience). In fact, Smith traveled to Kenya with L.O.V.E. and worked with the Lasallian Collegians student activities group on other service projects including toy and blood drives, food runs and much more while attending Manhattan. She also was honored with the David C. Broderick Medal for Campus Ministry at the Spring Honors Convocation on May 19.

“This trip opened my eyes to the poverty that exists worldwide,” added Smith. “Most importantly, it allowed me to make connections and see the beauty that lies in each individual, especially the children we met at the orphanages.”

“Catherine has an amazing presence about her which shines through and upon all she does and everyone she encounters,” said Mollie Otto, resident director in East Hill and Smith’s supervisor when she was a resident assistant. “The people she will be serving as well as the community she will be living with in Colorado are so blessed she decided to join the Vincentian Volunteers.”

Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is a community of faith and action that strives to live in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul according to the Gospel. The program is made up of young men and women, who serve the poor, elderly, homeless, developmentally disabled and troubled youth found in Denver. The yearlong program offers an opportunity for spiritual, emotional, professional growth, as well as a way of living one's Christian vocation.

“Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is certainly blessed to have such a hardworking, faithful and selfless individual going to work with the people of Denver,” said Jennifer Edwards, coordinator for campus ministry and social action at Manhattan College.

For more information, please contact Liz Connolly at (718) 862-7232 or e-mail public_relations@manhattan.edu.