The Mater Dei community is proud to spotlight Sam Krebs, Class of 2016, who, while attending the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, fulfills our calling to serve as our brother’s keeper.
Despite his initial concern that a secular institution such as the U.S. Air Force Academy could not accommodate his desire to continue his spiritual development, Sam stated, “I was unexpectedly blessed to encounter a strong community of faith that helped to foster my continued faith development, a faith that had been planted within me by my parents as a child and developed in large part during my four years at Mater Dei. Outside of the unique educational and professional opportunities the Air Force has provided me, I am grateful to have had many opportunities to serve in faith-based capacities, particularly with the homeless.”
“Both Colorado Springs and Denver have high populations of homeless from across the country. Within the past year, I’ve become involved with a local soup kitchen in Colorado Springs, as well as God So Loved, an organization based out of Denver that I hold dear to my heart. God So Loved sells apparel that also helps to fund gifts for the homeless of Denver and, more importantly, establish connections with our brothers and sisters living on the streets. Having the opportunity, through God So Loved, to sit and to be present with those living in extreme conditions of poverty has been an eye-opening experience for me and has helped me to truly see each and every person as Christ. Being able to serve in even such a small capacity is truly a privilege and blessing and something I hope to continue to do while, and especially after, fulfilling my Air Force commitment.”
When asked the role Mater Dei played in his life, Sam shared, “Looking back, I can see a foundation for service was fostered especially while I was at Mater Dei. As a school that holds Catholic Christian ideals at the crux of its identity, Mater Dei watered seeds for serving others that God has imbued within each of us. From setting up chairs for all school Masses to serving at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis for my three-week Senior Service Project, Mater Dei not only provided multiple opportunities for service, but also encouraged me and every student to put our God-given gifts and talents to use for the betterment of others and the glory of God. Mater Dei and the people at the heart of it developed me in ways I could not have imagined. I’m beyond grateful to have had the Mater Dei experience, and I know that wherever I am, I have a supportive and loving community that helped to shape me into who I am – the Mater Dei family. I know my alma mater will continue to be a place people can make their own knowing that they can love and serve, be loved and served, and have place they can call home.”
Now in his senior year, Sam is majoring in behavioral science with a religion minor. Following his graduation in 2020, he hopes to serve as a contracting officer for the United States Air Force.
For additional information on God So Loved, follow @godsolovedmvmt on Instagram or visit www.godsolovedmovement.com.