In our latest blog post, Dominican Volunteer Rosanna Fiasche shares how she is discovering herself and her ministry and community. Rosie serves as a counselor at Immaculate Conception Academy Cristo Rey High School in San Francisco California.
Six months ago or so, I made the decision to leave my family in Chicago to travel halfway across the United States to San Francisco, California to spend a year of my life as a volunteer. Who knew that three months in, that I would fall in love with San Francisco and ICA? Before I left for San Francisco, I made a promise to myself that I was going to step out of my comfort zone and go on adventures. My first weekend, before my ministry even started, I walked all over my neighborhood from checking out the beautiful murals throughout the streets to walking all the way to Castro just to check out the Rainbow Crosswalk. I have even went hiking near the ocean with a previous DV. I have been on plenty of adventures since arriving in SF. I have never lived away from home before, so this is my first time experiencing something new and chasing my dream to serve others. I put myself first and I have not regretted one moment. With the support of my family and friends I embarked on a journey of finding my true self.
This year I am working at Immaculate Conception Academy, which is an all-girl Cristo Rey High School. When I graduated from college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life but being in this community so far as confirmed that I want to work with young women. Being a Cristo Rey high school, the students go to work once or twice a week to help pay their tuition. I have many roles in ICA and one of them is chaperoning with the students every morning to their work. So, I get a chance to interact with each grade level has been awesome and to be honest it makes me feel so old even though I am only 23, but I love it because they keep me in the loop with everyday society. They continually bless my life and keep me laughing throughout the day. There is this one student who I absolutely love. She always makes me laugh during commute and she is so smart. It is refreshing to see the world through her eyes. It is these moments where I appreciate my life. I may complain about waking up early every morning to commute with these girls everyday but secretly I love it because it gives me the chance to interact with the girls and get a glimpse of who they can become. My main job though at ICA is working in the guidance office. I have more of an assistant role in the office, where I run notes and complete little projects for the counselors. For example, I work on the bulletin boards we have (which I have to say are pretty great). Here is one of the boards, that the counselors and I worked on together in the beginning of the school year. I also created a video about the freshwomen field trip to Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. (Check out our YouTube channel to watch it- ICA Cristo REY Guidance Department) Each task I work on helps each counselor in so many ways because there is only two of them but 300 something students. Another role I took on is helping out with the food program, which does not sound so glamorous, but it can be really fun to watch how the girls interact with each other and how they interact with me. The freshwomen at ICA are something else. They continually keep me on my toes, that is for sure. I do not regret one moment of choosing to work with this community. Many people may think I am crazy to want to work with high school girls, but for me this is a blessing.
In spirit of Thanksgiving, here are 10 things I am grateful for:
- My ICA Community
- For my 9 lovely Dominican Sisters who are always watching out for me and made me feel welcomed as soon as my feet hit the ground.
- The support of my family
- My fellow DV’s (Liz, Sean, Jake, and Lacey)
- Allison and Megan for the things they do for us
- For the city of San Francisco for just being its great self.
- My friends who continually push me to follow my dreams
- I am grateful for the love of God and all that he has provided for me
- My students who teach me something new everyday
- Lastly, for my mom because I know how difficult it is for her baby girl to be so far away from home. Thanks for letting me pursue this crazy dream of mine.
Happy Turkey Day,