Lourdes students embark on summer outreach mission

The Lourdes University Department of Campus Ministry returns to Cincinnati this month to assist the Franciscan Sisters for the Poor in a summer outreach mission project. Eight students and one alumna will travel with Campus Minister and Lourdes alumna Laureen Knueven. While there, the group will work with a different agency each day and assist individuals in need throughout the greater Cincinnati area. One of the initiatives includes helping Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.

The group departs Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania, on Sunday, May 15.

“We are pleased to participate in this mission project for the third consecutive year. Lourdes students truly enjoy the opportunity to lend a helping hand to those in need, even during summer months,” says Ms. Knueven.

Students and alumni participating in the summer outreach project include Sylvania resident Allison Walter, Art alumna.

“Last year’s summer outreach for the Franciscan Sisters for the Poor was amazing! It was my first year and I really did not know what to expect; however, I went in with an open mind,” says student Ashley Erd.“Some of the experiences were so eye opening and unforgettable. One of those instances occurred while volunteering at a place called the Sandwich Window where we handed out soup, sandwiches and other sides. There were so many people in need that we ended up running out and left some without food. I was giving the last bowl of soup away, and as I handed it to the gentleman I said,‘Ya got lucky. This is our last one.’ He looked at me, turned around and handed the soup to the man behind him and walked away. On that day, the gentleman cast a pebble that had a rippling effect and he probably didn’t even know it.