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Annalisa Sacca Ph.D.


Annalisa Sacca is a professor of Italian language and literature who uses her classroom to introduce her students to “a culture of awareness.” Her goal is to “educate [her] students’ hearts and minds and also to empower them.” She explains how Vincent de Paul’s method of empowering and training people to work against global poverty is still relevant today and how she tries to follow his example. She describes the many forms of service she and her students have undertaken. She also discusses “language of the heart,” her term that encompasses Vincent’s affective love and Vincentian values. She tries to instill it in students through ordinary classroom practice, service components to courses, internships, and a special degree program, the Master in Global Development. This program is a joint project of St. John’s University and Caritas in Rome.