Always compelled to make a difference in others’ lives with acts of service, Saint Francis High School junior Briana Gaskill has been selected as a Saint in the City, a fitting honor.
Each year, the Diocese of San José honors young people who have “carried the torch of discipleship with fearless faith, enduring hope, and bountiful charity.” Nominated by Saint Francis High School, Briana received the St. Francis of Assisi award.
Briana has many interests at Saint Francis. As a varsity football team manager, a member of Women of BRIC, a photographer for yearbook, among other roles, she is fully immersed in the school. However, it is through Campus Ministry and service where she chooses to make the biggest impact. From school liturgies to food and clothing drives, Ignite youth group meetings to Anchor Moments prayer services, she can be counted on to assist or lead so that the events will be a blessing to her fellow peers or the local community. She has completed more than a hundred hours of service each year. Outside of school, Briana works extensively with homeless and low-income individuals and families.
“I believe my greatest life’s work is to share my time, talent, treasure and faith with others in my community and school,” she said.
Briana was recently recognized at the Saints in the City banquet hosted by the Diocese, along with honorees from every Catholic school and parish. She hopes to inspire others to give of themselves beyond what is required and to find joy in service like she has.
“Being involved in Campus Ministry offers me an opportunity to continue to integrate my faith with justice and a sense of the common good,” she said.
Courtesy of Saint Francis High School