St. Patrick Catholic High School Guidance Counselor Liz Wilkinson recently attended the Fall Counselor Visit at the University of Notre Dame. The conference includes a financial aid overview, campus tour, learning from the Center for Career Development, a tour of Father Hesburgh’s office by Marty Ogren, friend and former driver of Fr. Hesburgh. Counselors also attended Mass at the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart, learned about the Notre Dame Scholars’ Program, the Latino Studies Scholars Program and enjoyed dinner with current students from represented high schools. SPCHS 2018 Alumni Matthew Bisner joined Ms. Wilkinson for the dinner.
On the experience, Ms. Wilkinson said, “This trip made me realize how important social justice is in our Catholic faith. It also made me think about how I would love to build a small career center at our school. The tour of Fr. Hesburgh’s office was the most inspiring aspect of the trip. Fr. Hesburgh was president of Notre Dame for 35 years and used his vocation for positive change in the areas of civil rights, higher education, and the Church. He was a man who believed in social justice and did everything he could to make sure he lived his beliefs. He believed everyone is created in the image and likeness of our God. I was blessed to meet Fr. Hesburgh on a retreat at Notre Dame many years ago, and that is a special memory.”