SVDP Young Adults going to WYD

by | Feb 3, 2013 | Vincentian Family

The latest SVdP Youth/Young Adult Newsletter in in! Svdp Young Vincentians January 2013 Youth and Young Adult Newsletter

Among the features you can find profiles of the Young adults going to World Youth Days in Rio.

WYD Participants

My name is Jerrod MacFarlane. I was born in Mount Sinai Hospital, in Baltimore, MD. After 4 years, my family moved to Landenberg, PA, just across the Delaware-Pennsylvania border. Shortly after this move, my family and I became members of St. Joseph’s Church, a place I continue to call home to this day. It is at St. Joseph’s that I first became involved with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and, more generally, began to develop my identity as a Catholic. Then, suddenly, my family was provided a new and intriguing opportunity. My dad had been offered a new position in Geneva, Switzerland.


 I am currently enrolled at Georgetown University, in pursuit of an education that understands the importance of translating learning into action outside the boundaries of a classroom. I have never been more aware of the role that my education and faith have played in shaping my actions and hope to continue this tradition at Georgetown and abroad.

My name is Katherine Alexander. I live in Granger, Indiana and currently attend St. Mary’s College. During my seventh and eighth grade year, I was a member of Young Vincentians. I was President of the group during my eighth grade year. During these years as a Young Vincentian, I grew in the understanding of my faith. The last two years of high school, I became a member of the Vincentians in my parish, St. Anthony. I attended meetings and began to deliver food to those in need.

I was asked to be the Mideast Youth and Young Adult Representative of the Society in 2012.  I hosted the first “Friends of the Poor Walk” in St. Joseph County on St. Mary’s campus.  It was a rewarding event. I look forward to participating in the International Vincentian Youth Gathering and WYD. I appreciate the generosity of the Mideast Region.

 My name is Mary Kate Truss and I am one of six children. I am from Jacksonville, Florida and attend Bishop Kenny High School. Last year, in my junior year of high school, I was the President-elect of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the chapter at Bishop Kenny. Currently in my senior year, I serve as the President of the club. A love for service has been instilled in my family by my parents. This was first shown through my older brother Tom, who actively participated in the club. Now my brother Tim and I follow in his footsteps serving as officers of St. Vincent de Paul. Our club has over 150 members, and as a group, we participate in numerous service projects and events such as a pilgrimage to the 2013 March for Life in Washington D.C. Next fall, I plan to pursue a degree in nursing, following my passion of helping others. 

I am so very grateful for this opportunity to travel to the International Vincentian Youth Gathering and World Youth Day. This once in a lifetime trip is an incredible blessing and I cannot thank enough everyone involved in making this pilgrimage possible! God Bless.

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Freez’n 4 A Reason on November 17th & 18th. To raise awareness and understanding of the plight of those facing the condition of homelessness, students spent the evening outside in a “Box City”. Thirty-eight Mini Vinnies and their sponsors used cardboard boxes for protection from the cold.


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