Nick Fagnant

Student Life Director, Encuentro Dominicano

About me:

I am the Student Life Director for Creighton's Encuentro Dominicano program.  Creighton students choose to spend a semester abroad studying Dominican history, theology, economics, and Spanish at the ILAC Center in Santiago, Dominican Republic.  Their experience includes bi-weekly service sites and immersions and work on development projects (constructing aqueducts, building schools, etc.) while staying with host families in the rural campos.  There are also several weekend trips- to Dajabon (a Haitian/Dominican border town), Santo Domingo (the capital), Cien Fuegos (a local barrio that is at the edge of a trash dump but whose church and local leaders do a great deal of positive, grassroots work).

More about me:

After I graduated from Creighton in '06 with a BA in Theology and with Co-majors in History and Justice and Peace Studies, I spent two years in the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program.  I spent two years earning my Masters in Education while living in Plaquemine (Southern, rural), Louisiana.  We lived in intentional, Christian community and taught at local schools.  I taught Religion IV: Morality, US History, and World History at St. John High School.  I was also the Cross Country Coach, Mission Trip Coordinator, and Director of Religious Education.  After my time with ACE ended, I returned to Creighton and to working within the context of Ignatian spirituality and mission. 

I love living in the Dominican Republic.  My sister Cara (BSW '07) also lives here and is only a short guagua ride (public transportation) away.  She, her fiancé Nestor, and his family have welcomed me with open arms and treat me as one of their own.  I still make it to Denver, CO, every once in a while to be with my family in the US.

Writing these reflections:

After years of reading these reflections for my own prayer, I am honored and excited to be able to join the ranks of those who were influential in helping me shape my own spirituality.

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