Luis Melgar (Peru, 2018-2020) is from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Exercise Science, minoring in Spanish and took a very alternative route his senior year receiving minors in Theology, and concentrations in Peace & Justice Studies and Latin American Studies. This came after his service trip to Managua, Nicaragua, “which, naturally, changed his life forever.” This year Luis will be serving in a pastoral and campus ministry role with Fe y Alegria in San Ignacio de Loyola School in Andahuaylillas, Peru. But one of the most formational experience in college was his time involved with Campus Ministries. He shared more with JVC about those college experiences, read on below:
The most formational experience in college was my time generally involved with Campus Ministries. I felt that I was able to grow spiritually from my conversations, training, and application of Jesuit Spirituality in the many roles that I have served for others on retreats. I believe that it enhanced my ability to discern and engage with others on a spiritual and practical level.
I found that this has made me open to engage in conversations with ‘others’ and this brought me to new perspectives. I felt that my potential future in Physical Therapy, although wholesome and service oriented, would leave me wanting more. I had many conversations with Former JV’s and realized that they shared a deeper understanding of self and acknowledged that there was still more to unearth.
This inspired me to keep questioning and I realized that I too wanted to challenge myself and immerse myself more intentionally and fully with others. JVC just felt like the next step after reflecting deeply on my future.