Generations of Belonging – Part II

“Feeling like I belong here” is a common statement I’ve heard from hundreds of people after they have discovered the Casa. A friend invites them to a Discover the Vision or they are introduced to me after Mass, and I see them again somewhere on campus—or many times off. Invariably, they say the same thing, possibly with different wording, but always around the comfort of being here and how much it means to them. I understand it because it is exactly how I felt.

In 2013, I came out of early retirement to become a small part of the capital campaign team, working with Fr. Joe and Charlie Brown to help the Casa move into the future and all that entails. As I have told my family and friends along the way, it has been, without a doubt, one of the most remarkable things that has occurred in my life. Part of that future is now realized as we approach the first anniversary of the dedication of our beautiful Our Lady of the Angels church. We should all be proud, for it stands as a place of welcome for those who built it and those we have yet to meet.

Yesterday evening, the rest of our Sustainability Team and I welcomed about 23 of our community to a reception for our table hosts for this year’s Renewing Lives Breakfast. Each is a member of the Casa’s TAU Society and they are eager to welcome their guests, many of whom are new to the Casa. I like to imagine the connections that will happen in that ballroom that morning as they all hear from each speaker about coming to the Casa and having that wonderful realization as I did — this is exactly where I belong.

— Sarah Privée, Major Gifts Officer…call 480.355.0357Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmail

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