Francis’ Month Guest Blogger: Passion Meets Profession by Steve Hawthorne

Paul Keggington

October 05, 2012

During Francis’ month, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are happy to feature Steve Hawthorne as our guest blogger. Steve is Director of Coffee Quality for Stone Creek Coffee, Milwaukee, WI.

Passion Meets Profession

“A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

– John 13:34

I was brought up in the Catholic Church, regularly attending mass on Sundays and my CCD classes on Tuesday evenings.  As a child, I can remember my mother quoting the Golden Rule to me, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”  I remember having a real “Ah ha!” moment when we studied this passage in John and I realized that it was the same thing!

More than most of the things that I was taught as a child, this concept has always staid top of mind for me.  Throughout my life and experiences, I have always felt outrage when confronted with instances of discrimination and neglect.  From the small kid getting bullied on the playground to the flat out hate that accompanies racism, I have done my best to stand against these things and love my fellow man.

At the age of 16, I was hired to work a part time job as a barista in my local coffee shop.  I liked drinking coffee and I liked talking to people, so this seemed like a great fit for me.  Little did I know, I would one day be offered the opportunity to turn my passion into a profession. Click here to read more