Lisa Handte Slama ’86
"I thank God every day for the attitude of service that I learned at Cor Jesu. There were so many opportunities presented to us. For the first time, I saw that service could take me outside of my school and parish, and it was possible to help others in real need..."
"I thank God every day for the attitude of service that I learned at Cor Jesu. There were so many opportunities presented to us…For the first time, I saw that service could take me outside of my school and parish, and it was possible to help others in real need. I also learned that I was needed, that something I did could actually touch the life of someone else. The sisters at Cor Jesu, from my first week of freshman year until the day I graduated, made a point of encouraging me to use my gifts, talents, abilities, and they wouldn’t accept my weak excuses if I didn’t think I could do it. They saw the potential in me and were able to draw it out. They continue to inspire me to this day in my job as a junior high religion teacher; I want to instill in my students the same fire for serving God that they passed on to me.
There are two main ways I continue to live out service today. The first is through providing an example to my own children and to my students of giving generously. This includes active service, such as helping our neighbors in need, participating in the St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor and preparing desserts for food kitchens, as well as less active service, like donating to various charities and giving to food and clothing drives. Through giving generously, I hope my children and students learn to see just how much they really have and also to trust that God truly takes care of their daily needs.
The second way that I live out service is by volunteering as a Cub Scout den leader…By doing so, I can help young boys to grow in their faith and service in a fun, safe environment that encourages them to do the right thing daily. It is a big-time commitment, but I have never regretted the decision to help. I have been blessed in so many ways through serving others!"
Lisa Handte Slama ’86