On the Cover

Sister Beth Brosmer, Director, Heart, Love and Soul

“What impresses me the most is how the Vincentian tradition of helping the poor has been experienced over and over again at Heart, Love & Soul. As president, Father Levesque encouraged NU’s involvement. He’s not just someone who causes things to happen through others, but he’s our brother working with us, supporting and challenging us, and helping us to move forward to best support our sisters and brothers in need.

“Through Father Levesque’s leadership, Niagara University has assisted us with publications, printing, public relations, database development, graphic design, videography, creating our website, financial contributions, and by appointing skilled board members, to name a few.

“Learn and Serve students have come to help, and various student clubs have collected food as well as toiletries and money. The Niagara University Repertory Theatre has performed for our children in the summers, and each November, NU ROTC students come to help honor our veterans. One of the very first Vincentian Scholars started a program for women, EasyFit & More, that continues and thrives today because of her creativity and involvement.

“Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Heart & Soul’s annual dinner, which is our only event fundraiser, could not happen without the involvement of professor Scott Beahen and his crew of students who set it up, prepare the entire meal, serve it, and clean up afterward.

“St. Vincent de Paul said, ‘Charity is the cement which binds communities to God and persons to one another.’ This very charity binds the community of Heart & Soul to the university community in a rich and fruitful relationship for both. I believe that when we join our energies in caring for others, we find the best of ourselves and the best of our communities. Personally, I feel blessed to have had the privilege of working with Father Levesque and the outstanding people who are Niagara University. God bless you, Joe, you are a dear brother!”