by LYDIA COBB | photo by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Guided by Love

volunteer_brennan1Molly Brennan, a senior at Cathedral Catholic High, is guided by her love for helping and inspiring others. She recently served as campus minister, and shared, “I was able to actively practice my faith in my school community, which was such an amazing experience for me.” She’s an athlete in several sports, beginning in track her sophomore year. “Just for fun,” added Molly, “but it turned into a competitive varsity sport that I enjoy improving in.” When she’s not hurdling on the track team, she inspires basketball and football fans on the varsity cheer team. Practicing Irish dance since kindergarten, for example, led her nine years later to the world championships in Ireland.

Growing up here, Molly reflected that her family is tight-knit. “I love spending time with them,” she added, “whether it’s riding bikes to the beach, going to a Padres game, or traveling to Europe. I love to experience new cultures and foods with my family, while meeting people with different lifestyles and backgrounds.” She’s seen 10 countries so far. Her brother Danny is at USC, and though close in age, he has always been her role model. And whenever she may feel down, Molly explained that her mom knows how to lift her spirits, and goes “to the ends of the earth” to keep their family happy and healthy.

Name: Molly Brennan (17)
School: Cathedral Catholic High School, Del Mar
Grade: Senior
Parents: Erin and Pat Brennan
Brother: Danny Brennan (19)
Favorite Carlsbad Spots: Grand Avenue beach, Choice Juicery, Blues and Shoes, Swirlicious

volunteer_brennan2Molly has been involved with the Mitchell Thorp Foundation for five years, a locally based nonprofit that supports families whose children suffer from life-threatening conditions. She works with 27 student board members countywide in the group’s Youth Leadership Council. Together, they cultivate leadership opportunities and community service projects. Molly elaborated, “I feel so honored to have the opportunity to work with such deserving families, and it is so rewarding to see how happy the children are when we present them with the gifts we fundraise for.” She gives back as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School at St. Patrick Catholic Church, and serves meals at Father Joe’s Villages.

“I love to participate in anything that will better the lives of others,” added Molly. She ponders her future: Notre Dame, USC, or Texas Christian University. But this is senior year – and she’ll be cheering on her teams, both in sports and in her faith-based community endeavors.