Rachel Dunlap is returning for her second year as a Franciscan volunteer from her hometown of Keokuk, Iowa. During her undergraduate work at St. Ambrose University, she received a BA in Psychology and Theology. Rachel will be continuing her ministry at Aquinas Center in South Philadelphia. “I chose Aquinas Center because I was looking for a site where I could work closely with people and also work on systemic change,” Rachel said. “Since I’ve been here, the radical hospitality and love I’ve been given has been beyond anything I could ever ask for. It has been a blessing to receive it and to be able to reciprocate it.”
Rachel is looking forward to continuing to build relationships with the sisters, coworkers and community at Aquinas and forming new relationships with her community members. She believes “relationships are life.”
During her down time Rachel appreciates the time to journal and write and enjoys being in nature, exploring Philly, trying new foods, reading, playing a pick-up game of basketball, spending time with the sisters, and her new favorite pastime—watching The Office.
Rachel’s favorite quote: “The meaning of life is the mystery of love. At the end of the day, that’s all there is: love.” -Mysterium Amoris, Margaret Rizza