14 Marina Porter (middle), Sheil Catholic Center

Marina Porter is a Northwestern senior majoring in psychology with a minor in religious studies. She has served in many leadership positions at the Sheil Catholic Center: as president of the Catholic Student Association; student leader of Sheil service trips to Nicaragu; student co-chair of Sheil’s Mardi Gras fundraiser; founding member of Rince Cait, Northwestern’s first Irish Dance team; member of Best Buddies service club, which pairs Northwestern students with individuals with disabilities at Misericordia home in Chicago; and member of the Project Pumpkin planning committee, which offers a Halloween event for low-income children in Evanston.

Marina has been a valued student leader. Her leadership and service have affected not only her college peers, but also the NU staff and Sheil associates as well. As a leader and example of Catholic faith and service, Marina has been integral in helping her peers with personal and group formation before and during our annual international trip to Nicaragua. She has diligently worked to organize group meetings; help teach Catholic social teaching; develop group dynamics; and organize her fellow students to lead nightly reflections concerning faith, personal growth, and what it means to have the missionary spirit.

We are blessed to have Marina in our community. She is a person of integrity and a model of Christ’s love in the world. We at the Sheil Catholic Center are very proud and honored to award her the title of our Vision Keeper for 2017.