We are greatly impressed with the dozen young people visiting with us from Kent State University (Sister Norma Raupple is far left, and Sister Therese Ann Rich is far right). They’re taking part in our new ministry – Alternative Spring Breaks – which give the college students a chance to volunteer in our various ministries, and us a chance to benefit from the perspectives of their generation.
The students worked around the Motherhouse grounds today, helping us catch up on some housekeeping, before heading to the Dorothy Day House. There they’re performing a service project and preparing and serving a meal to the guests who’ll visit there tonight.
On their second day they’ll share experiences with our Potter’s Wheel, Beatitude House, HIV/AIDS , Sister Jerome’s Poor, Ursuline Preschool & Kindergarten ministries, as well as People Fighting Famine and learning about the plight of the homeless. On Wednesday, they’ll volunteer with Habitat for Humanity helping a family build their home in Youngstown.
The Alternative Spring Breaks are a wonderful opportunity for the students to broaden their perspectives of the world, experiencing diverse cultures and socioeconomic conditions they may otherwise never be exposed to. Their presence enriches the ministries they volunteer at, and we are grateful for their presence.
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