Mr. Kreiter Recognized as Volunteer of the Year
Mr. Philippe Kreiter, who teachers Spanish and French here at Central Catholic, has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Portland. He was given this award in appreciation for his generous time, dedication, and talent as a volunteer at their Annual Awards Dinner. We asked Mr. Kreiter what this award means to him and what he is thankful for.
“I feel humbled to be recognized for, really, what I feel is more of a duty that we have here, which is to lead our students in service activities. St. Vincent de Paul Society takes care of people who are struggling and having a hard time, and does it in a way where the clients are valued and their sense of dignity is preserved. I am thankful for St. Vincent de Paul, Central Catholic, and our wonderful students who go above and beyond in order to offer good service to others, to people who serve.
When we give of ourselves, we end up getting back so much more than we give. I think we do service because we are imitating what Christ presented as leadership. What did he do as a leader? He washed people’s feet, took care of the poor, cured the sick, and he made those who were excluded and rejected feel accepted and included. That's what we do when we serve. We don’t judge, we just love. And if we can follow in Christ’s example, then we begin to live up to our values we embody at Central Catholic. "
Thank you, Mr. Kreiter, for your time and dedication, and for inspiring our students to serve others!