I know that senior year is officially coming to a close because I paid my last chunk of tuition to the University of St. Thomas. It was a bittersweet moment; partly because I never want to graduate and partly because I've spent so much money investing on my education.
This is real. I'm graduating in less than two months and I never thought this day would come so fast.
Keep reading my blog to know the rest of the updates with my senior year.
Hello, avid readers! As you could have guessed, I'm off to another adventure this upcoming Spring Break! I'll be going to the Bitterroot Valley area in Montana to help at a Catholic Worker farm. We still don't have much information about the things we'll be doing there, however, we'll be stopping at Yellowstone on the way there so I'm content. Wish me luck and I'll see you in a week!
What is everyone doing for St. Patrick's day? I am so excited to finally be 21 for the best holiday of the year! There is seriously no better week to be an Irish Catholic in St. Paul because there are so many events going on and it is so fun when they actually pertain to you. I remember last year I snuck into O'Gara's with a bunch of friends... this year I won't have to sneak!
I want to hear about everyone else's St. Patrick's Day plans! Leave me a comment and maybe we can run into each other out and about!
I took all this information from the St. Thomas website, but here is some information about my Spring Break trip if anyone is curious! Read on:
The Bitterroot Catholic Worker is a 4 acre farm/orchard in Southwestern Montana - south of Missoula (location of the University of Montana) and the beautiful Bitterroot valley. They are an intentional community practicing simple, sustainable community living and exploring renewable energy and recycling. The community offers individual retreat space and manages an orchard and an expanding garden to produce food for the Catholic worker community and the excess to a homeless shelter in Missoula. Community members also work with fragile children for the church's Newman Center and at the homeless shelter. The VISION team will learn about the Catholic Worker movement and get their hands dirty working on the farm.
The Catholic Worker movement was founded in 1933 during the Great Depression by Dorothy Day at the urging of Peter Maurin. It is best known for houses of hospitality located in run-down sections of many cities, though a number of Catholic Worker centers exist in rural areas. "Our rule is the works of mercy," said Dorothy Day. "It is the way of sacrifice, worship, a sense of reverence."
Beyond hospitality, Catholic Worker communities are known for activity in support of labor unions, human rights, cooperatives, and the development of a nonviolent culture. Those active in the Catholic Worker are often pacifists people seeking to live an unarmed, nonviolent life. During periods of military conscription, Catholic Workers have been conscientious objectors to military service. Many of those active in the Catholic Worker movement have been jailed for acts of protest against racism, unfair labor practices, social injustice and war.
Yes, that's right. I'm not going to PCB or Cancun or California to visit my aunt. I'm not staying home and working. I'm going to be going to Montanta to stay for a week on a farm and help their community out! I'm going on a trip through St. Thomas's VISION program, and I couldn't be more excited. I don't know many details yet, but I will let you know more information when I find out :)