Veritas, an international book publishing company based in Ireland, interviewed 16 Junipero Serra High School students on campus for its ‘Credo’ social justice, vocation and world religion video series. Veritas sought insight from Cavaliers and covered a wide-range of topics spanning from homelessness, to poverty to Corporal Works of Mercy. The initiative is part of a comprehensive look at the Catholic faith focusing on the needs of high school students in the 21st century.
Senior Dericka Anderson, who hopes to become a neonatal nurse practitioner, very much enjoyed the experience. “Serving and helping others is the right thing to do. It brings our faith to life,” said Anderson.
Fellow senior, Sarah Salazar, noted, “Faith is everything to me...it’s why I want to become a nurse too.”
According to Veritas, the ‘Credo’ series will serve to provide young people around the globe with a faith-centered framework to help find meaning and purpose within their lives.
Aidan Chester, a representative from Veritas, commented, “What your students are saying is very powerful. It gives me great hope how articulate and thoughtful they are about very deep-rooted issues. This is not just about writing books, but for students to incorporate social justice every day.”
Serra religion instructor, Jason Reeves, could not agree more. “You feel a sense of joy and accomplishment when you hear students not only take part in giving to their communities, but clearly understanding why they do it. It’s exciting to know that Serra Cavaliers will help teach this idea to students around the world,” reflected Reeves.
Social justice is a view that people deserve equal economic, political and social rights opportunities, particularly for those in greatest need.