I love this time of year because it means that I am working on my favorite charity event of the calendar –The Heart’s Home Annual Gala Dinner and Fundraiser. This year it will be taking place on May 1, 2018 and it promises to be another special, heartwarming evening filled with good food, entertainment and friendship.
If you are new to the Heart’s Home mission, it is an international Catholic community of volunteers with 42 houses in 26 countries, on 4 continents. Each Heart’s Home is a community of 4 -7 young adults living in a poor neighborhood and sharing a simple life with those in their immediate environment.
These homes are open 24/7 affording people a chance to be listened to and welcomed warmly at any time of day. It is a ministry of friendship for those who are suffering and feel isolated. The mission also extends to those that are living in orphanages, nursing homes and jails.
This year we will honor two incredible human beings. The Compassion Award will be presented to Véronique Christory who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to the UN since 1997. The Claudio Award will be presented to Dr. Julian Lagoy, a psychiatry resident at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine who was a Heart’s Home missionary in the Philippines from 2010-201.
We asked Dr. Julian Lagoy a few questions about his association with Hearts Home and the essential role God plays in his life.
How did you first hear about Hearts Home?
I first heard about Hearts Home through searching the internet from a site that searched for volunteer organizations.
What impact has Heart’s Home had on your life?
Hearts Home has had a tremendous impact on my life. Not a day goes by where I forget my mission in the Philippines. I live my everyday, ordinary life and my work profession in the charism of Hearts Home. Every encounter with a patient reminds me of the encounters I had during my mission in the Philippines. In fact, I would say that I am living the mission and charism of Hearts Home more since I have returned from my mission.
What do you think is the greatest service we can do for our fellow man in the world today?
The greatest source of suffering and unhappiness in the modern world is loneliness. The greatest way to help people in this world is to be a friend and to truly care about people, especially those who are alone and suffering or sick.
How has your career path developed through your obvious need to serve humanity and change the world? What was your inspiration?
I chose to specialize in Psychiatry because mental illness, in my opinion, is the greatest way we human beings can suffer. I also chose it because of the huge stigma our society has with those who are mentally ill. They are the most forgotten and stigmatized group in our modern world and I have always wanted to serve the poorest of the poor in the fringes of society. My faith has always been the biggest inspiration for me. It is what drives my desire to serve the poorest of the poor.
What role does God play in your work and life?
God is the center of my life and work. I view my ordinary work as a way of sanctification and as a means to offer up to God. My inspiration is Jesus when he worked as a carpenter for 20 years doing small tasks extraordinarily well in St. Joseph’s workshop.
What advice do you have for people looking to make a difference in the world?
Making a difference in the small insignificant things of daily life is just as important as making a difference in big things. Our society recognizes big changes however God notices all the small things in life.
What do you think is the greatest human attribute?
The greatest human attribute is our ability to love.
Who are your mentors? Who are the people that have inspired how you live your life?
Some of my biggest mentors in my life are 2 teachers from my high school, Mr. Alvaro DeVicente and Mr. Joe Cardenas, and one professor from college, Fr. Jeffrey Langan. They gave me a lot of ambition and taught me to offer up all my accomplishment and work for the greater glory of God. I have been inspired by Mother Theresa and her humility and desire to serve the poorest of the poor, and St. Josemaria Escriva and his emphasis on the sanctification of ordinary life and work
You can read Véronique Christory’s interview here: https://theblvdgroup.biz/hearts-home-to-honor-veronique-christory-at-annual-fundraiser/
The Heart’s Home Annual Gala will take place on May 1, 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30PM at the Church of the Virgin Mary – 216 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Prospect Park). The Individual ticket price is $250, $175 of which is tax-deductible. You can book a ticket or a table by contacting Cecile Fourmeaux: firstname.lastname@example.org or 917 399 8256