Maria Longo was born and raised in the Alabama countryside. As the oldest of nine children, she has always been blessed with an adventurous life and a good bit of responsibility. She went to school at the University of South Alabama, and she is happy to be serving with the Notre Dame AmeriCorps program.
Notes from the Field: My favorite word is "crepuscular," something between light and dark, in a twilight. We as human beings are crepuscular. Our free will sets us at a crossroads while we dwell here within time and space.
Notes from the Field - We are unable to interact with each other as we normally would. I am no longer able to live among the people I serve in the South Bronx. Instead, I must work from my family home in Georgia.
Notes from the Field - When I say that I was "blessed" as a child, what I really should be saying is that I was loved abundantly. Some of the young children from the South Bronx I serve are angry, and they seem to be lacking what I had.
Notes from the Field - I am a firm believer as a lover of art and as a Catholic that all art also holds a certain amount of the transcendentals: truth, goodness and beauty. My sisters and I, under stay-at-home orders, have been exploring the truths found in Disney animation princesses.