Friends of Marisa Niemiec best decribe her using the words:
exuberant, vivacious, enthusiastic, fun-loving, a doer, a
self-starter, a leader, a person of service, a lover of life,
God, and people.
Marisa, a sophomore at Saint
Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN, is majoring in
pastoral youth ministry and theology. She attended St. Matthew's
Grade School, Glendale Heights, and Driscoll Catholic High
School, Addison. It is there that she first met the De La Salle
Christian Brothers and became active in their youth program
called Lasallian Youth. This program is centered on the three
ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Founder of the Christian
Brothers: faith, service, and community.
"During my first two years of high school I belonged to
numerous groups, yet I didn't begin volunteering until junior
year when I joined Lasallian Youth. Ever since, I have been
actively involved in service and volunteering whenever I can. It
became an important part of my life and it completes who I am.
Volunteering reminds me how much of a difference one person can
make and it makes me feel as if I'm sharing the talents God has
given me." Marisa has continued that dedication and
commitment to faith, service, and community by establishing on
campus a college-level counterpart called Lasallian Collegians.
She has actively recruited members and has planned many projects
for the year.
Service knows no limits in Marisa's life. She actively
participates in campus ministry activities including: Habitat for
Humanity, Buddies--a program for the developmentally disabled,
Outreach Ministry Team--giving Confirmation retreats, Red Wing
Correctional Facility, and a Eucharistic minister for campus
"I couldn't be happier at Saint Mary's and dedicating my
life to the service of others. It is the best decision I have
ever made. It won't make me much money, but that's not what it's
all about. As my good friend once said, 'If you love what you do,
you'll never work a day in your life.' That's what it's all
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