News and Updates: Summer for GSRRE Students.....

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer for GSRRE Students.....

Graduate Religion students are busy this Summer....we will be spotlighting some of their Summer activities in the coming weeks, enjoy:

Joe Petriello
Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Education
2005 (MA in Religious Education)

This summer I volunteered with Appalachia Habitat for Humanity in
Robbins, Tennessee. This was my 10th summer volunteering with the
second oldest affiliate of Habitat, and the 8th in which I took
students from Xavier High School as part of our school's Companions of
Xavier service program. This was the first of what will be a total of
four summer service trips, bringing 119 students, 23 faculty and five
alumni to various locations. This year Xavier sponsored a new home
for Mr. Jack Carroll, a 64-year-old widower who was approved for a new
house just before his wife, Joanna, recently passed away. Our group
constructed the exterior of the house, from the floor to the external
walls, to porches, trusses and the roof. Alongside daily evening
prayer and reflection, our volunteers also shared meals with the local
staff and future homeowners, shared in fellowship with the
congregation of Rugby Road Methodist Church, and spend time with many
friends and neighbors in the local community.

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