One Family, Under God
So a priest and an orthodox Jewish family end up at Penn State…this may sound like the beginning of a soap opera, but in reality, it is the final line to a long tale of how two people created a family through their religious journeys.
Since 2013 Sarah Vigon has worked with Jewish students at Penn State, but her journey began in California, a secular Jew at the time, when she decided to quite literally take a leap of faith and become orthodox. This required a few sacrifices, and a lot of moving.
Father Matthew Laffey did not become a priest until late in life. After a series of life events, including picking out furniture, he knew that what would make him truly happy was not within a traditional marriage.
“Religion is not a bandaid”, but for some, it creates a family.
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About the Contributors
Junior / Broadcast Journalism and Spanish
Gabrielle is an aspiring sports reporter with a passion for storytelling. She is currently a contributor for ESPNU, as well as a host and guest producer of 46 LIVE -a student produced webcast of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (otherwise known as THON).