Caroline Ahrens

“A reflection of God’s love for them through us, although we don’t usually say it that way to the guys in the group. We just say hello and shake their hand.” 

 

Interviewee: Caroline Ahrens

Interviewer: Amanda G., Grade 12

Interview Date: March 2, 2015

Interview Location: St. Cecelia Parish, Boston, MA

 Student Reflection:

I interviewed Caroline at Prison and After. Caroline has been volunteering at Prison and After for three years; prior to her work she was part of the social justice committee at St. Cecelia’s. She is a hard worker who attends MIT for graduate school, has participated in science club for girls, does work in soup kitchens, and enjoys making pottery. She and a subset of her acquaintances at St. Cecelia’s believe they were called to do this kind of work and after one year’s worth of meetings, Caroline decided to focus her service work on prison ministry. Caroline stated, “Prior to St. Cecelia’s I didn’t really know anyone who had been to prison, and I got to know Peg; who is one of the leaders of our group and she as her full time job as a prison Chaplain and through her I started hearing these stories of people I didn’t really know who lived lives I didn’t understand and you see things on TV and wonder what’s true.” Caroline’s curiosity and her love for other people made her feel as if she was called to do this work, “As I heard more of these people I’ve never met I felt called.” She enjoyed welcoming others and acted as if the Monday night dinners were a dinner party. Caroline stated, “I had a lot of thought and feeling drawn towards it; and then falling in love with it.”  Monday night is incredibly special to Caroline and in her time, separate from Monday nights, she has helped with prisoners and their reentry. She celebrated her mock wedding with her friends at Prison and After as well as using her a birthday party as a way to celebrate with former prisoners. She believes that what she is doing is, “ A reflection of God’s love for them through us, although we don’t usually say it that way to the guys in the group; we just say hello and shake their hand.” What Caroline truly enjoys about Prison and After is how she has, “gotten to know people that are different than me, and some that are totally the same but it has, sometimes you see people at a distance and that humanity gets lost in the label they have.” For Caroline and other volunteers in Prison and After Monday night is incredibly special in its commitment and ability to remove labels. Caroline’s passion radiates through her and the work she is doing is so special.

 

“Prior to St. Cecelia’s I didn’t really know anyone who had been to prison, and I got to know Peg, who is one of the leaders of our group, and she has a full time job as a prison Chaplain and through her I started hearing these stories of people I didn’t really know who lived lives I didn’t understand and you see things on TV and wonder what’s true.”

“As I heard more of these people I’ve never met I felt called.”

“I had a lot of thought and feeling drawn towards it; and then falling in love with it.”

“A reflection of God’s love for them through us, although we don’t usually say it that way to the guys in the group. We just say hello and shake their hand.”

“I’ve gotten to know people that are different than me, and some that are totally the same…sometimes you see people at a distance and that humanity gets lost in the label they have.”