Christopher McNabb

2013 Holy Child Spirit Award Recipient

Mr. McNabb’s service-directed life began at a young age and he carried that spirit with him to the Rosemont School of the Holy Child. “When Sister Mary [Broderick, Head of the Rosemont School of the Holy Child] said ‘yes’ to a scared sixth-grader desperate to serve God’s people, but clueless in every other way, I never could have imagined the outcome,” says Mr. McNabb.

After enrolling at the School, Mr. McNabb organized penny drives to help the homeless. He later traveled to poverty-stricken areas across the world, including the Philippines, Guatemala, and Mexico, where he studied human rights violations and immigration issues, while building houses and educating minors unjustly sentenced to adult prisons.

Mr. McNabb’s commitment to social justice is at the foundation of his efforts. As a Franciscan Volunteer Minister for two years, his ministry included providing pastoral services to migrant horse groomers living and working at the Delaware Park Race Track & Casino, serving those living with HIV/AIDS, and working with incarcerated women. Mr. McNabb believes that encountering the poor and alienated transforms people. “You must turn that transformation into action,” he adds.

Mr. McNabb served as the Director of Campus Ministry at Father Judge High School and today, at St. Augustine’s Prep, where he is responsible for the pastoral care of 700 students, families, faculty, and staff. He has been greatly inspired by the Sisters of the Holy Child. “I love the Sisters—their witness to Gospel living is constantly inspiring me to be a better human. When I look at their dedication, I realize how far I have to go,” he says.

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