Monica Emrock knows there are some lessons kids cannot learn in the classroom. That’s why, in her role as Director of Religious Education for St. Anne parish and school in Bethlehem, she takes students on regular trips to feed the hungry at the Catholic Charities soup kitchen in Allentown.
A group of Berks Catholic High School students has found a unique way to live their Catholic faith by providing service to others: acting as pallbearers at funerals.
Christine LeClair volunteers for several organizations including the St. Vincent de Paul Society at her parish, St. Joseph of the Panther Valley, Summit Hill. Her deep-seated desire to serve is consistent with her Catholic faith, she says, and prompted by her background in the Army.
Michael Piersol is a convert to Catholicism who worked previously as a counselor in public schools. He’s also a former social worker. Today he is using his skills and life experiences to advise Berks Catholic High School students on college and career choices.
Students in Catholic schools benefit from challenging academics and a faith-based environment. They also are instilled with a strong focus on community service and leadership. Nadiya Sieger is one example.