Sarah Wurst '11 teaches second- and third-graders on an impoverished Crow Indian Reservation in St. Xavier, Mont. Wurst credits her exposure to service at St. Ambrose for a year-long commitment to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest that has led her to Montana.
The Grant, Neb., native told The Catholic Messenger in September that trips to David, Ky., and hours spent at the Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker House in Davenport informed her decision to join the Corps. "I became addicted to community living and what service means," she said.
Her classroom experience as a theology major also gave her direction.
"This is exactly what I was writing theology papers about," she said of her work in Montana. "In order to fully live your faith, you can study all you want, but ultimately it boils down to Jesus calling us to action."
Wurst is submitting guest columns about her experience throughout the year to The Catholic Messenger.