Spring Break is for service…at least that is the sentiment for a group of students from the Newman Center at Northern Illinois University who have chosen to spend their spring break with the PVs in Wyoming County, West Virginia.There are so many other things that these guys could be doing this week, but instead they will be building a ramp for a man who needs it desperately, assisting the teachers at Head Start and lending a hand at St. Vincent dePaul and the Itmann Food Bank.
The students arrived late last night after their 14 hour trek from DeKalb. We were happy to see so many familiar faces from year’s past and meet a few first timers. Since the Catholic Church in Wyoming County has closed, the group attended Mass in Beckley. Next on the agenda for the group was a hike at Twin Falls State Park. With the weather forecast to be cold and snowy for most of the week, they were able to enjoy a sunny, warmish day exploring the falls. In the evening we all gathered to talk about the week ahead, give a bit of background on the PVs and Wyoming County, and officially start the week as we do all PV weeks, with a commissioning service.
We are looking forward to the week and hope you will be joining us on this journey from wherever you are reading this by following along and keeping the group in your thoughts and prayers.