Spending spring break hard at work

March 11, 2010 by

Two college students and the director of campus ministry have spent their spring break hauling garbage, sorting through a basement, installing window blinds and doing whatever else was needed to help several Concordia residents.

The women are all from College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb., and all are here as part of the Sisters of St. Joseph Spring Break Alternative. In the program that began in 2003, the sisters’ volunteer office and vocation director work with the Concordia Community Resource Center to match the needs of local residents with the abilities of the college students who take part.

This year, the students are Patty Saavedra of Lima, Peru, who is a senior at the private Catholic women’s university, and Theresa Likens of Lincoln, Neb., who is a sophomore there. Martha Bonine is Saint Mary’s director of campus ministry.

Together with Sister Beverly Carlin, the congregation’s vocation director who lives in Manhattan, and Sister Julie Christensen of Concordia, they have spent the week doing chores and cleanup for three local residents, who were referred to them by the Resource Center.

For two mornings they also helped out with the Neighbor to Neighbor program that’s being held at the Motherhouse until the new center downtown opens this spring.

While taking part in the program, the women stay at the Nazareth Motherhouse and share meals and prayer with the sisters.

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