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Women’s Guild Contributions Help Spiritan Campus Ministry Efforts in New Orleans

The Duquesne University Women’s Guild has donated $13,000 from this year’s fashion show to support Spiritan Campus Ministry (SCM) efforts to rebuild areas of New Orleans severely affected by hurricane Katrina. To date, the guild has raised nearly $40,000 for SCM work in New Orleans.

“The Women’s Guild members are an example of living the mission statement. They are serving God by serving students so that they go out in service of others,” said the Rev. Ray French, C.S.Sp., director of Spiritan Campus Ministry. “We are deeply grateful.

“Sometimes when big tragedies happen people, feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation and don’t know how to help,” French said. “Three years ago, when I saw firsthand the devastation in New Orleans, I asked the Women’s Guild to help and they were determined to make a contribution.”

For the last three years, SCM has organized a trip to New Orleans for volunteers who build houses over their spring break. The Women’s Guild donations pay for the students’ trip.

Upon their return from New Orleans, a few students shared their experiences at a guild meeting.

“They spoke of how life-changing this experience was and of how this impacted their plans for the future,” said Mary McIntyre, guild president. “One student decided to spend one year at AmeriCorps upon graduation to continue the work.”

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