Russell Fiorella, '16
My experience demonstrating magis at Canisius has been about giving myself to the college’s mission. Since my first connections with campus ministry last year, I have willingly accepted this challenge by coordinating countless campus ministry events. Being a sacristan at Christ the King Chapel exposes me to our enthusiastic faith community. Despite the job’s call to diligent attentiveness and organization, welcoming others attending masses and weddings in our chapel is an honorable and rewarding experience.
Joe Van Volkenburg (Campus Ministry assistant to the director) has been instrumental in familiarizing me with the mission, involving me in leadership positions, and making himself an accessible and trusted outlet for new ideas. Joe introduced me to service opportunities such as working with Meals-on-Wheels every Friday, serving at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, and, most notably, coordinating Community Day. Helping run this campus-wide event each semester means sacrificing considerable time and energy. Joe and I constantly deliberate how we can enhance the event’s efficiency, popularity, and service experience. Recruiting is always our primary initiative; and because of our relentless approaches to advertising, Community Day has developed and will continue to grow.
What have I learned thus far? In addition to being passionate and dedicated about putting others before myself, I have found joy in encouraging others to follow. My role in the Canisius community is to help sustain and foster enthusiasm for going beyond what is expected and ultimately living as a “man for and with others.” I firmly believe if I go forth with the gratitude I have to God for the Canisius community, its mission, and my role in it, I cannot possibly go wrong.