By Lauren Chacon, FC 21
FrancisCorps is like a seed that God tenderly planted in my heart. During my junior year of college, Friar Rick, the chaplain of FrancisCorps, visited my campus ministry at the University of Texas at El Paso. I attended a presentation he gave on FrancisCorps and fell in love with the program. Despite my attraction to FrancisCorps, I had no intention of applying to the program. At that time, I had a career path set and I was determined to stick to it; however, the seed that God planted in my heart grew and blossomed into a complete desire to serve God through FrancisCorps. He called me to FrancisCorps; everything I longed for in a service program was embodied through the FrancisCorps volunteer program.
With God at the heart of FrancisCorps, His love is lived out through the Franciscan values of community, service, and brotherhood. I am so very blessed to be a part of this program and of this beautiful community. In just a few months my community has become a family, sharing life and love with one another. There is a fire in my heart to be a reflection of God’s love to His people through service in FrancisCorps.
Lauren is a Support Worker at Francis House. Visit our service sites page to learn more about Lauren’s site and others we offer.