Saint Anselm Nursing Students Take their Services and Learning Worldwide

Saint Anselm College nursing students recently further developed their skills while completing clinical work in Cost Rica through the course, Community and Public Health Nursing. Through this immersion experience, students have the opportunity to “assess families in the community to provide health education, and then refer sick patients to receive health care in the clinic that the group sets up and works at.” This winter trip is a core component of the course which aims to discuss the role and impact of nurses in health promotion and disease prevention on a worldwide scale. The goal is for students to discuss what they learned in Cost Rica in a classroom context to further understand the concepts of communicable disease, environmental health, and disaster relief.

Students note that the course takes on a holistic approach, by stating “it has a focus on not just assessment but on the resources available to vulnerable populations, and learning how to treat the whole person.” This fits perfectly in line with the Saint Ambrose’s mission of fostering a “lifelong pursuit of truth and fostering intellectual, moral and spiritual growth to sustain and enrich its graduates’ personal lives, work, and engagement within local, national, and global communities.”

To read more about Saint Anselm nursing student’s experience, visit Saint Anselm news.


Lourdes University Hosts “Annual Week of Service”

Every year Lourdes University hosts their “Annual Week of Service.” During this week more than 270 students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni participate in various community service activities that benefit the local community. In 2017, Lourdes volunteers completed 685 hours of community service at 15 different non-profit agencies around the area. The 2017 Week of Service was held the same week as the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities National Service Initiative, which is held in recognition of St. Francis.

Sr. Barbara Vano, OSF, Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning said that, “during the Week of Service, we enjoyed spending time with some of our long-standing community partners, serving and hopefully brining attention to the needs of the homeless and marginalized., the populations that Sr. Francis so frequently challenged us to remember.”

To read more about Lourdes Week of Service, visit Lourdes University news.


Lourdes University Helps Local Agencies After the Holidays

Lourdes University recently hosted their 7th annual Have a Heart Restock Drive. This drive is to supply personal care item to six area outreach pantries: Bethany House, Claver House, Helping Hands of St. Louis, Our Lady of Lourdes Outreach Soup Kitchen, Syvania Area Family Services, and USTogther.

Ms. Sophia Lloyd, director of Sylvania Franciscan Village says how “it’s important to assist our local outreach agencies after the holidays when their supplies have been greatly depleted. All donations of unused personal care items for directly to the agencies and those they serve.”

For more information on the “Have a Heart Restock Drive,” visit Lourdes news.


Saint Peter’s University Hosts Forum on Domestic Violence

Saint Peter’s University is using their voice to speak out against the issue of domestic violence. The Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership at Saint Peter’s recently hosted an empowerment forum, “Women Standing Against Domestic Violence.” During a time when women are speaking out about violence and sexual harassment, Saint Peter’s is adding to the conversation by having a discussion on the effects of domestic violence and what different organizations are doing to support women in these vulnerable situations.

The panel began with a presentation of some startling statistics to get the conversation going. It was noted that “every nine seconds a women is beaten or assaulted; one in four women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes; three women are murdered in the U.S. every day by a current or former male partner.” These statistics set the scene as various women told their stories of domestic violence. They shared the struggle and pain they endured while at the same time still loving their partner. The cycle of abuse is a difficult one to break and these women came out of their situations stronger than before.

There was then a panel discussion featuring various leaders of organizations that all seek to support women and families in vulnerable situations. For example, WomenRising is an organization in Jersey City that “supports women and families from crisis to self-sufficiency by providing domestic violence services, permanent housing, workforce development, and several others necessary services. “Women Standing Against Domestic Violence” was an event that helped build awareness of domestic violence and empowered those to spread the word and support these women.

To read more about “Women Standing Against Domestic Violence,” visit Saint Peter’s news.


St. Catherine University and Sisters of St. Joseph continue the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

St. Catherine University and Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) communities are honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by holding a community conversation on dismantling systematic racism. 800 people attended the conversation lead by Father Bryan Massingale, a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York. The event was entitled “To Redeem the Soul of America: A Moral Vision for a Movement against Racism,” and it addressed the current state of racism in the US. Fr. Massingale stated that “prejudice, discrimination or antagonism toward others based on their race or ethnicity continues because there are people in the United States who are indifferent to racism or who have mixed feelings about whether itself exists.”

Fr. Massingale also emphasized that in order to truly eradicate racial inequality, we need to undergo a moral transformation and look as a society beyond what is immediately visible or obvious. Fr. Massingale also praise Martin Luther King Jr. for his “foresight in this regard. He understood that the visible and ever-changing – laws, policies, customs, dress and literature, for example – were reflections of something deeper.”

To read more about Father Massingale’s conversation on racism, visit St. Catherine’s news.


Saint Anselm Students Spend their Break Serving

A total of 138 Saint Anselm College students gave their time and energy by serving with the Service and Solidarity Missions during their winter break. From January 6-13 groups of about twenty students traveled to ten different U.S. sites, ranging from Appalachia to Washington, DC. The Service and Solidarity Missions offers alternative winter and spring break trips that include service in a variety of areas, including home repair and construction, food service, social justice in the city, refugee resettlement, and many more.

Saint Anselm students continue to participate in these alternative breaks because it gives them the opportunity to “plunge into challenging service circumstances” and transform the lives of everyone participating. Lauren Case ’19 speaks of her time serving with Service and Solidarity Missions by saying, “I get to see the light of those we get to serve; the happiness and appreciation that they show towards us is unreal.” These trips provide students with experiences that are useful throughout their life whether in service, prayer, relationships, or in the classroom.

To read more about Saint Anselm’s Service and Solidarity Missions, please visit Saint Anselm news.