Community Corner: Jared Fischer

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Jared Peter Fischer – Jesuit Volunteer
Food Pantry Coordinator | August, 2013 – Present

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hometown: Custer, South Dakota

Other Places Lived: Ashton, Idaho; Missoula, MT

Academic & Professional Background:

  • 2009 – University of Montana, Presidential Leadership Scholar & National Merit Finalist
  • 2013 – Graduated University of Montana, High Honors, BA in Anthropology & Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Describe a typical day in the life of the Food Pantry Coordinator:
I get to St. Andre’s in the morning and help the programming staff get set up for Morning Hospitality. I spend the morning with the guests, chatting with them and getting to know them. In the afternoon, I open up the food pantry and accompany people as they shop; after that, I either attend staff meetings or tackle any other logistical tasks that come up.

What is your favorite part of your job at Saint André Bessette Catholic Church?
It’s hard to choose just one favorite, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity to spend time with our guests. As more of an introvert, it can be challenging to constantly be surrounded by people in such an intensely relational environment, but that part is also what I value the most since I get to meet so many great people and share in their day-to-day experiences.

Now for some easy starter questions…

Favorite Book:
I’ve found I have more time to read for fun now that I’m not in college, so I’m finding more and more favorites all the time!  Some favorites include Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Endurance by Alfred Lansing, and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Favorite Artist & Song:
Nickel Creek, or any group that Chris Thile is involved in.

Favorite Quote:
I love quotes! I don’t think I can choose just one favorite, but I love esse quam videri, which means “to be, rather than to appear.”

Okay, now for some tougher questions…

What was the happiest moment of your life?
I can’t choose just one, but one that comes to mind is my brother’s wedding this summer. Our whole family was together and it was just a great celebration.

Who would you call a hero or inspiration in your life?
I’m going to jump on the Pope Francis bandwagon; it’s so exciting to have a pope who is leading by such genuine words and actions, and I’m inspired to live my own faith even more every time I hear about what Francis is up to.

Is there one moment or period in your life that you would call a “turning point”?
Finishing up college and entering the world of full-time jobs and “real-world” responsibilities has definitely been a transition; I would say more of a growth experience than a turning point.

Do you have any regrets? Any that you are willing share?
Of course I do; most of them have to do with playing it safe when I should have taken a risk.

How would you describe a perfect day?
Waking up to a cool, sunny morning, having a nice big breakfast, and spending the day rock climbing with my sister and being outside in nature in some way, shape, or form with friends and family.  Then making dinner and spending a warm evening playing music outside.  I’d finish up by looking at the stars.

What is the most inspirational place you have ever been?
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It’s absolutely gorgeous and everything in the landscape is just big; huge mountains, deep, wide valleys. You see how small you are in comparison.

And just for laughs and pondering…

Ninjas or Pirates? Explain.
Ninjas. They’re masters of all forms of combat and pirates just get scurvy and wooden legs.

What item in your fridge is calling your name at the moment?
Being a Jesuit Volunteer, there’s not a lot in my fridge at the moment. But I could really go for the cinnamon rolls in my freezer that my grandma sent me.

What was the best thing before sliced bread?
As an archaeologist, I can say that the best thing before sliced bread was the domestication of grain that allowed semi-sedentary cultures to even bake bread in the first place. Just kidding; probably crunchy peanut butter.

And finally, before we conclude…

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
If you want something, be willing to work for it.  Most good things require taking risks.

If you could pass along any words of wisdom to the world before you go, what would those words be?
Rule #6: Don’t take yourself so darn seriously!

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