“We propose to extend Our Lord’s reign more especially by… Charitable works, by which we can prepare children to fulfill their Christian obligations in the world and to reconcile the poor and rich classes.”
-Father Emmanuel D’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption
In the fall and spring semesters, Assumption students are provided an opportunity to put their faith into action through selfless works of charity. By serving others and fostering community, SEND students discover their strengths and callings while providing for those in the greatest of need and developing strong personal and spiritual relationships. Programs such as SEND help Assumption form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service.
During this year’s spring break, nearly 80 students volunteered to serve in a number of locations along the East Coast, including Baltimore, MD; Camden, NJ; Florida; Georgetown, DE; Pennsylvania; Staten Island, NY; Trenton, NJ; and Washington, DC. Their efforts on behalf of charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Bethlehem House, and the Redlands Migrant Christian Association helped benefit a great many in need.
One student from each of the eight SEND service trips was asked a series of questions before their departure, during their service, and after their return. Their responses have been collected in this 8 Days of Service blog. We invite you to read their reflections on helping to build homes for the needy, serving those with HIV/AIDS, providing meals to the hungry, and much more.
Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A.
Vice President for Mission
Acting Director, Campus Ministry