University Ministry
Alternative Spring Break
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead


Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a program sponsored by University Ministry that seeks to educate student volunteers about specific social issues by immersing them in diverse cultures and environments across the country to engage in service-oriented learning. Participating offers a chance to put into action the charisms of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus, the sponsors of this University.

In the words of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, it's the challenge of prayer and action, " ardent desire to be united to God and to serve the poor." It's an opportunity for students at the University to see the world in a different light, while offering service to those less fortunate. For one week, traditional and non-traditional students along with aColleague Service Partner (Typically UDM Faculty), and give up vacation time to travel to another part of the country to help address some needs of those living in poverty. It's a chance for direct service, combined with reflection on how our perspectives and hearts change and are touched by others. In this they live out the Jesuit goal of education of being "men and women for others."

The participants travel together and live in a community atmosphere, sharing chores, meals and reflection opportunities. As everyone has a different persepctive, studnts learn to respect the dignity of each other and of those they serve

Over the past 13 years, students have helped in many parts of the USA: Michigan, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, and even South Dakota.

SITES 2007
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