Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,
This weekend I want to highlight Annika Corazzol, a young woman in our parish, who is giving the next year of her life to Jesus by serving teens in the inner city of Sharpsburg, PA. Her family moved to the area this past year. Ironically, she went to college with Daniel Lacroix, the seminarian we have been hosting the last eight months.
I asked her to write a short biography for us.
“Hello my name is Annika Corazzol. I was blessed to be raised in the Catholic Church by an incredibly loving family, I was homeschooled through High School and went to college at Michigan Technological University where I graduated this past May with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. During my time there I was given the chance to help found the first Catholic Woman’s house and live there for 3 years, serving as house mom for my senior year, I was involved in the Newman Center and student parish where I had the privilege of sponsoring one of my friends entering the Church and with FOCUS where I was able to walk with two disciples in their lives and relationships with Christ.
For the next year I have decided to follow what I feel is a very strong call to give back and serve the Church by reaching out and evangelizing teens in the inner city to break the cycle of hopelessness and spiritual poverty that are a result of the physical poverty in these communities. Since a young age I was drawn towards helping children who didn’t have a home and families like I did, and this has only strengthened during my own faith journey and as I have prayed about my vocation.
When I met Bob Lesnefsky and learned about what Vagabond Missions does, reaching out the way Jesus did during the incarnation, meeting teenagers where they are and giving the most valuable things we as Catholics can give, the good news of the Gospel and an invitation to make a home in the Church, I knew this mission was something that God had been putting on my heart for a long time. I am beyond excited to see how God will be working in Sharpsburg PA where I will be stationed and to have the opportunity to walk with these teens.”
Please pray for her this year. Anytime anyone gives themselves the Lord is an encouragement for all of us.
If you would like to support her in her work you can do so by going to vagabondmission.com/donate and select “Annika Corazzol” under the “select a campaign” drop down box. For more information about her mission work you can go to https://www.vagabondmissions.com/