Lourdes students selected for Franciscan Pilgrimage
Sr. Ann Carmen Barone, OSF, Lourdes University Vice President for Mission and Ministry, is pleased to announce the selected students who will travel to Assisi and Rome, Italy as part of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) Student Pilgrimage Program. Lourdes juniors Ainsley Quigley and Jacob Supina will travel abroad December 27 for an 11-day pilgrimage. While there, Ms. Quigley and Mr. Supina will experience the spirituality of the places where St. Francis and St. Clare lived and breathed while being afforded several opportunities for reflection.
“The Franciscan pilgrimage program allows our students to see the events of Francis and Clare’s lives played out in a real place and understand how that impacted their beliefs and actions. Through the pilgrimage, students can begin to realize that they share the same human experiences as these saints,” says Sr. Ann Carmen.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Ms. Quigley is a Lourdes Tau Scholar and active member of the Campus Ministry team. In that capacity, she has assisted at the Helping Hands of St. Louis food pantry, and participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program and with the Toledo Labre project which brings food, good cheer and hospitality to those in need. During spring break in 2016, Ms. Quigley volunteered with fellow Lourdes students at Valley of the Angels Orphanage in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
When not studying or participating in Lourdes campus ministry projects, Ms. Quigley has volunteered at American Red Cross blood drives, the Operation Christmas Child annual project, the Bountiful Blessings food pantry in Napoleon, OH and worked Summer Bible Camp for Widewater Retreat and Ministry Center in Liberty Center, OH. Ms. Quigley looks forward to the pilgrimage and gaining a better sense of mission and purpose. “Through this experience, I want to grow closer in my relationship with God, establish new friendships and gain spiritual wisdom as I witness the walk of Saint Francis and Saint Clare.”
Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies with a Psychology minor, Mr. Supina is a Tau Scholar leader. In that capacity, he helped plan the Lourdes University Campus Ministry CLIMB retreat and regularly assists with the Toledo Labre project. A Lourdes Gray Wolves wrestling team member, he participated in the Alternative Spring Break Habitat for Humanity outreach in Pensacola, FL, traveled to Washington, DC, as part of The March for Life, and has been involved in youth ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania.
Inspired to “put others first,” Mr. Supina volunteered in his high school’s Sports Leader Program, the Sandusky Soup Kitchen, and served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach for young children. As part of the Y.E.S. program, Mr. Supina joined fellow high school students and adults who went into low-income areas to paint, clean and renovate their homes free of charge. Through the pilgrimage, Mr. Supina hopes to “gain a fuller understanding of Catholic and Franciscan traditions and values, and expand my knowledge of various cultures.”