Sarah Swafford with Sister Janet May and Briar Cliff Catholic Daughters.
(Sioux City, Iowa – February 9, 2020) Through the support of generous donors, Briar Cliff University Catholic Daughters recently sponsored Catholic guest speaker Sarah Swafford to present “Relationships: It’s Complicated.” Over 130 students from Briar Cliff and surrounding colleges were in attendance.
Swafford reviewed the emotional challenges that men and women face today, ranging from media to the environment around them, and the impact it can have on relationships.
“I liked the definition Sarah gives us for what love is. It is a quote from Bishop Barron that focuses on wanting what is best for the other person and making sacrifices,” says Tiffany Braun, Briar Cliff student and Catholic Daughter. Braun reflects that Swafford’s presentation was one that many students enjoyed hearing and that it helped them further grow their faith. “Sarah focused on bringing out the good in the other person and wanting what is best for them, while striving to be the best version of yourself.”
Briar Cliff campus ministry felt Swafford connected well with students and shared how forming healthy relationships today is a very complicated challenge, especially with the impact of social media where it can become very impersonal. “Sarah really invited and challenged students to be aware that every person has dignity, to have great respect for others and oneself, and not to get caught in using another person or letting yourself be used in a relationship,” says Sister Janet May, OSF, Director of Campus Ministry.
Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. She speaks internationally to all ages on a variety of topics. She is a graduate of Benedictine College and has been involved in ministry for almost ten years. For three of those years, Sarah worked as a Residence Hall Director at Benedictine College, taking care of a dorm with 142 freshmen women. That experience gave her a front row seat into the hearts of women and men transitioning from high school to college, giving her a deeper look into some of the struggles facing high school and college students today.