In 1985, Sr. Bernadette Casciano, MSC, was serving as the Campus Minister at Cabrini College. During her time there, she, in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Romano, began a program of Spring Break service trips for students. That practice continues to this day. The following is a Spring Break account from MSC Candidate Evalyn Ndunge who participated in a service trip to West Virginia last week.
Going to West Virginia with a group of nine (7 students and 2 faculty) [a trip] which was sponsored by the Univesity’s Campus Ministry, gave me a great opportunity to know, learn, experience and serve three different families. Working together as one team helped a lot, and it always brought such a joy to see our accomplishment of building one wheelchair ramp, two porches and fixing a ceiling.
All week was a life changing experience for me and for everyone who came along on the mission trip and those whom we served. It was one of the most formative spring breaks of my life. Our main purpose of being there was to improve the homes and lives of people in need.
The supervisor (Pastor Cab and his wife Bonita), Chalzzie and Piwi whom I believe belonged to the same Christian community were always helpful and worked their hardest to ensure that all of us performed our job well. Since some of the tools were heavy and difficult to work with, we give credit to them for teaching us how to handle, use and work with the tools.
Working on those three family homes and seeing the gratitude they gave us was so lovely and amazing. I not only learned a lot the whole process and structure of building ramps and porches, I gained a new form of gratitude as I have a new appreciation for all who made this mission trip successful.
I am especially grateful to God for the strength and chance of serving his people, to all the Sisters for the support and prayers, to the Campus Ministry for the opportunity.