Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to attend a Chamber Young Professional’s (CYP) luncheon with our Director of Development, Betsy Mullins. To give a little bit of background to the organization, CYP is an entity of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and it provides a great opportunity for professionals 40 years and younger to network and educate themselves on important issues facing the Greater Owensboro area. Through community service projects, social events, corporate tours and professional development, CYP members develop strong ties in the Owensboro community.
What was special about this particular luncheon was that the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph were the sponsors, so Betsy was able to give a five-minute presentation about the Sisters to the young professionals. During her speech, Betsy asked the group to raise their hands if they were familiar with the Ursuline Sisters of MSJ. I was shocked when I only saw about 10 hands go up in a room of 50 people. I now know why were there that day—to spread the joy and good works of the Sisters to the next generation. Back in the day, the Sisters were able to make an impact through teaching at schools in the area that they were called to. Today, with our aging community, they are not present in as many schools as before, so it is part of our job to make sure that the Sisters’ legacy is still reaching people. I believe that it is important for young people to know how much the Sisters have impacted and shaped the generations before them.
As being part of the millennial generation, we sometimes get a bad rep that we spend too much money on things like eating brunch every weekend and paying a high-cost rent fee instead of buying a house, but we still have the desire to give back to causes that we care about. Once we find something we are passionate about, we strive to give back in more ways than just financially though. Community service is something that most millennials participate in on a weekly basis and CYP does a great job in stressing the importance of that. An idea that we shared with the group for a community service project is for people to come out to the Villa and visit the retired Sisters here. They aren’t able to get out much, so any time with visitors is special to them. This would be a great opportunity for the next generation to get to know the Sisters and learn about the ways that they have shaped the communities they ministered in. I can speak from experience that getting to know the Sisters has been a life-changing experience, and I would like for other young adults to be impacted the same way.
If you or someone you know is looking for volunteer hours, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at the Mount. You can contact me directly at 207-229-2009 and we can get something set up!