“to give is to receive” – Allison Delmonte,’19
By: Kathy Habel
It is just a 20 minute drive from her Bridgewater home to Our Lady of Sorrows Convent, in Brockton. It is just a 20 minute drive for senior, Allison Delmonte, to Archbishop Williams. In a bigger picture, Allison has covered thousands of miles and made global connections, every time she appears at the door of Our Lady’s convent. It is there that Allison gives service to a large group of Vietnamese Sisters, members of the Dominicans, Our Lady of the Rosary and Lovers of the Holy Cross.
This past summer, Allison sat at a teacher’s desk. She found her way there due to her Theology teacher, Mrs. Lynne Jensen. For several years, Mrs. Jensen has worked with the young nuns who now call Brockton their home. In conversation with her students, Mrs. Jensen shared the opportunity of working with the Vietnamese nuns in teaching them English and cultural skills. Allison thought the service sounded “fun and unique and an opportunity I could not pass up.” Initially, Allison was guided in her teaching by using the lesson plans of Mrs. Jensen and sitting in on Mrs. Jensen’s classes. Allison enthusiasm for the classroom experience was a confidence builder, so much so that now she is able to handle classes on her own, with “a sense of what we need to work on, need to cover and build off of that. Often times, I will spend class just answering the questions the Sisters have for me.” The biggest challenge Allison has faced is “appreciating how hard the English language is to learn and having an answer but not a reason that is easy for the Sisters to understand.” The biggest joy? Allison loves “the time spent with the Sisters – just laughing and having fun” while doing important work.
This service is one that Allison looks forward to continuing. When she reflects on her teaching, Allison feels blessed. “I am so grateful for Mrs. Jensen giving me the opportunity and for allowing these wonderful young women to come into my life. Though I am supposed to be the teacher, they have taught me more about love, faith and happiness than I could ever teach them about the English Language.”