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Riordan grad to ‘give back to community that has served me’
June 7th, 2016
By Tom Burke


The University of San Francisco will soon welcome 2016 Archbishop Riordan High School graduate Nick Banaria to its nursing program. In an email Nick said: “I wanted to attend USF’s nursing program as it is a nationally recognized program and of the many connections I can make while there. These connections will allow me to stay local and give back to the community that has served me my entire life.”


Riordan’s biggest influence on Nick came in the school’s campus ministry program where he found opportunities “to join, become involved, and spread the Marianist message that Riordan is known for,” Nick said. “All of campus ministry taught me to give back to others in any way you can without expecting anything in return.”


Among what Nick will take away from Riordan is his experience on the school’s Living in Faith Experience (LIFE) retreat. “I met people from all over the United States including Hawaii, Los Angeles, and St. Louis,” Nick said. “It was a life changing experience as it put me out of my comfort zone and forced me to learn how to be a spiritual leader at school, become a role model for all others at Riordan, and build community.”


The Year of Mercy has kept students busy at Riordan including during its annual blood drive, one Nick said “helps people all over the Bay Area.” Additional service efforts included an International Drive which raised money for a Marianist school in Nairobi, Kenya, and a canned food drive helping the homeless.


“As senior year approached, I applied and got into the LIFE Team,” Nick said. “The impact of these teams is to help and give back to others without expecting anything in return.”


“All of these different facets of campus ministry definitely pushed me toward the nursing profession. Nurses are able to provide for those in need and not expect anything in return, which is the essence of what I learned while in campus ministry over the years.”


HONORED: Chyah Weitzman, an18-year classroom veteran, has been recognized April 26 with the Tiburon Heritage and Arts Community Educator Award. Chyah has shown outstanding achievement in education, public awareness of heritage and arts education, the school said in why she was selected for the award. “St. Hilary School is honored that Ms. Weitzman was recognized for her creativity, inspiration, and hard work.” Among her supported good works is Pencil’s For Africa, an organization designed to raise the consciousness of African issues among young people.


ON HIS WAY: Mighty proud is the family of John Calandra, a lifelong parishioner of St. Bartholomew Parish and recent graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While happy about his sociology degree, John’s is especially glad to have been able to assist in the well-remembered Pope Francis Mass at the school last year. John will soon be pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business. Thanks to John’s dad, Phil, for the good news.


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burket@sfarchdiocese.org or mail to Street, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109. Include a follow-up phone number. Street is toll-free. My phone number is (415) 614-5634.


From June 9, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

 






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