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Sean Gross honored with Mother Paulita Morris, R.S.M. award

Junior recognized at Saint Xavier University Founders’ Day

CHICAGO (Dec. 3, 2004) – Saint Xavier University junior Sean Gross today was honored as the recipient of this year’s Mother Paulita Morris, R.S.M. Service Award. Gross currently is working toward a double major in Spanish for social and community services and philosophy.

Said one of Gross’ recommendation writers in her letter for him, “I urge you to bestow the Mother Paulita Morris, R.S.M. Award on Sean Gross in recognition of his willingness to serve others, his sensitivity to his fellow human beings and his pursuit of academic excellence.”

Since becoming a Saint Xavier student in fall 2002, Gross has served as a Peer Mentor, providing introduction to college life for new Saint Xavier students. He represents the institution as a Student Ambassador assisted at the university’s first Study Abroad Fair, encouraging students to examine opportunities for international study following his own experience in Costa Rica.

Gross also serves as a sacristan, lector, Eucharistic minister and choir member at the McDonough Chapel. At the same time, Gross expressed in his award application a desire to work with Campus Ministry to create a space for non-Christians to reflect and pray. 

This year, Gross helped found the burgeoning Student Government Association. Since January, Gross has served as president of this organization, which recently acquired twelve new members in elections held earlier this semester. 

Gross supports Campus Ministry, participating in Service Day, spring break service trips, retreats and various Service Club activities. He has also volunteered off-campus as an in-class Spanish instructor for two eighth-grade students.

Gross has also served Saint Xavier with his membership on the Core Planning Committee for Strategic Planning; the Protocol Committee for Winter Commencement 2005 and the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award Committee for this year. 
 
As part of Saint Xavier’s Study Abroad program, Gross had an internship teaching at the Oratorio Don Bosco de Sor Maria Romero in Costa Rica. He also is planning further work abroad as a Maryknoll missionary priest. 

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