Three Spring Hill College alumni serve as Jesuit Volunteers
Oct. 7, 2009
MOBILE, Ala. – Three Spring Hill College graduates have committed to serve in the Jesuit Volunteers Corps. Patrick Aucoin, Jessica Baker and Austin Emerson have dedicated themselves to a year or more of simple living and working for social justice in a spiritually supportive community, as they walk with people living in poverty or on the margins of society.
Aucoin graduated in 2009 with a degree in international studies and Hispanic studies. He is working in Yakima, Washington as a legal assistant at Northwest Justice Project, providing access to the legal system to those who cannot afford it. Baker graduated in 2008 with a degree in biology/pre-med. She is working at St. John's College, a Jesuit college in Belize City, Belize. Emerson is a 2009 alumnus with a degree in theology. He is working in St. Louis at Continuum of Life, a social service agency that embraces the homeless.
Founded in 1956, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps has offered women and men an opportunity to work full time for justice and peace. Jesuit Volunteers are called to the mission of serving the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States, and accompanying people in developing countries. The challenge to Jesuit Volunteers is to integrate Christian faith by working and living among the poor and marginalized, by living simply and in community with other Jesuit Volunteers and by examining the causes of social injustice.