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A Leap of Faith: Student Spotlight on Sean Fahey

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Mental grit and determination are required to be successful in the classroom and on the field of athletic competition. Challenges will come, but one who practices the virtue of fortitude can face those hurdles. Sean Fahey, a sophomore philosophy and theology major, is a student developing fortitude in his life as he seeks to excel in academics, athletics and ministry.

sean-fahey-1-small.jpgIn May 2018, the men’s outdoor track and field team brought home the Northeast Conference championship, due in part to Fahey’s contribution. “Sean was one of the people who really stepped up on the men’s team last year,” said Coach Jay Phillips. “We won our first NEC title in two decades, and that doesn't happen without Sean taking the triple jump crown in an intense back and forth battle. He was voted captain this year, and we are blessed to have his courage and selflessness in our program.”

Academic and athletic success does not happen without support from others. Fahey is quick to acknowledge how Mount professors, coaches and students have supported and challenged him to be his best. Fahey reflected, “I’ve been able to learn under some great professors who have challenged me in both my major studies and my overall discipline as a student. I have been blessed to train under the best coaches in the country, and on a team that has pushed me to continue to grow.”

As important as academics and athletics are to Fahey, he understands that meaning and purpose in life transcends the self. Through Mount Campus Ministry, Fahey has gotten involved with F.O.C.U.S.—The Fellowship of Catholic University Students. This ministry invites college students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. “In campus ministry, I’ve gotten to know some of my best friends, and I’ve truly found a community that encourages me in my walk with Christ,” Fahey said. Coach Phillips, who’s coaching staff also won the 2018 NEC Men’s Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year, has been an example of fortitude and faith for Fahey. “Coach Jay has been such an incredible example of someone who lives his faith. He wears a big miraculous medal around his neck every day inspiring our faith," Fahey commented. "He taught me that track is a great opportunity God has given me, an opportunity to be formed in excellence to be the person God wants me to be.”

After college, Fahey hopes to go on to graduate school. Just as he as integrated his academics, athletics, and faith here at the Mount, Fahey hopes to explore careers where he can assimilate his faith with a profession he feels passionate about. He knows that the Mount is preparing him for the future, saying, “The Mount has given me the platform to grow and be successful. This school has provided me with an abundance of opportunities. Being surrounded by such a phenomenal group of people who I can train, study and fellowship with has been a gift in itself.”