Where We Serve: Mobile
Mobile is a small metropolitan area nestled against the beaches of the self-proclaimed “Redneck Riviera”. It combines French Quarter flair – complete with the original Mardi Gras – with one of the largest Catholic populations in the Deep South. In addition to a great music and food scene, Mobile is also noted for being a magnet for minor league sports. Its many area colleges also provide opportunities to interact with young people.
Mobile is a fun city with lots of young people, thanks in part to the three universities located in this city. Although it would seem to be a part of the Deep South, Mobile also has strong Gulf Coast influences coming from Louisiana. As the city that originated Mardi Gras, Mobile puts on a party that lasts over a month to prepare for the sacrifices of Lent.
Teachers Serving This Community
Originally from Brownsburg, IN
John Scimeca | ACE 19
What are you most looking forward to about your ACE site?
I am really looking forward to bonding with my fellow community members and living in a wonderful part of our nation, the Gulf Coast.
BackgroundB.A. History and Political Science, Tulane UniversityOriginally from Edmond, OK
Andrew Ryan | ACE 19
What's been the best moment of your ACE experience so far?Coming into ACE, I was hoping to strengthen my spirituality which had waned somewhat over the course of my college years. Never could I have imagined that I would be surrounded by such loving individuals who were genuinely excited about their faith. I already have experienced an invigoration of my Catholic identity over the course of the last few months, and I look forward to seeing how the next two years with my Mobile community advance my faith life.
BackgroundB.A. English with a minor in History, St. Edward's UniversityOriginally from Austin, TX
Nikki Herman | ACE 18
What is your favorite Community story?My favorite community stories have to do with celebrating community member's birthdays. One of the most epic examples was for Jared's birthday. He was born on the day the Berlin Wall was torn down, so we creatively built a paper wall in his doorway in the middle of the night. I'll never forget the smile that spread across his face when he saw the wall, then ceremoniously raised his fist, and pounded it to the ground.
BackgroundB.S. Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology, Xavier UniversityOriginally from Englewood, OH
Stephanie Mueth | ACE 19
What has been an ACE summer class that you've enjoyed so far?I have enjoyed learning about English methods and content in the English course. In this class, we have been able to watch ACE 18s model teaching strategies and good lesson plans, and work individually with the 18s in planning our own units for the year.
BackgroundB.A. Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre DameOriginally from St. Louis, MO
Kelly McNichols | ACE 18
How has ACE shaped your spiritual life?When I think about how ACE has shaped my spiritual life I automatically think of ACE Mass over the summers. I have grown so much personally and spiritually having participated in the communal celebration of ACE Mass. I am surrounded by members of my community who support me in my faith and worship. I have found myself at home when celebrating the Eucharist with the ACE community and love the singing each and every night at mass!
BackgroundB.S. Education Program and Mathematics, University of DaytonOriginally from Columbus, OH
Alec Torigian | ACE 18
What is your favorite ACE tradition, and why?
ACEstore Basketball Tournament!!!!- To put it simply, I love ACE and I love basketball. It's so cool to see the community come together to cheer each other on and fully invest in each other in such a fun and active way. As crazy as it may sound, I will never forget going to Mass with my entire "SWBAT Dominate" team before the championship game and then having a blast playing the game we love, together, under the lights, surrounded by our newfound family and friends!
BackgroundB.A. Mathematics and Peace Studies with a minor in Theology, St. John's UniversityOriginally from Crystal, MN