Molloy Students Living the Mission

Alternate Spring Break 2019

"Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you!" (Mother Teresa)

Sister Diane with Molloy students at Urban Challenge

Last week, three students and I travelled to the Romero Center in Camden, New Jersey to participate in Urban Challenge. Students from Ohio State University and Merrimack College joined us for this amazing and challenging time.

Throughout these days, the words of Mother Teresa became alive within us as we served in a Soup Kitchen, visited with the elderly, and worked in a classroom with young children. We also caught the "flavor" of Camden at a local Mexican Restaurant which was muy delicioso!

We all participated in a "Food Exercise" for one of the days. We broke into families of four or five. Each member received $3 for the day for all meals. Some families had added issues such as not having use of any utilities for cooking or medical issues such as peanut allergies which limited the food that could be purchased. We travelled early in the morning to the only supermarket in Camden to buy our food for the day. As you might have guessed, all of the food purchased was full of starch and sugar. By the afternoon, many of us were feeling the effects of such a high carb and sugar diet. Many of us were also feeling the effect of not having coffee or caffeine for the day. A tough challenge, but one that really helped us all to understand what some go through on a daily basis.

Each night we gathered for a time of prayer and reflection. The staff at the Romero Center did an excellent job of incorporating Catholic Social Teaching in each reflection. The three students from Molloy all commented that this was a "life-changing experience."

Sister Diane Capuano,
Campus Minister

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